In the Heart of Life: A Memoir

In the Heart of Life: A Memoir

by Kathy Eldon


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In the Heart of Life: A Memoir by Kathy Eldon

A Mother Loses Almost Everything Before She Discovers True Joy

In 1977, Kathy Eldon moved with her husband and two children from England to Kenya, where she found freedom as she had never known it before and was ready to push back from her old, restrictive life. Diving into this tumultuous new world as a journalist and writer, she embraced the energy and creativity of Kenyans, both black and white. But her world collapsed when her twenty-two-year-old son, Dan—an artist and photojournalist on assignment for Reuters—was stoned to death by an angry mob in Somalia, killed by the very people he was trying to help. Kathy's journey through this tragic loss was deeply spiritual as she discovered that, in many ways, Dan was still ever-present in her life.

This gripping international saga includes a passionate love, a dangerous coup in Kenya, and a compelling glimpse into a woman on the brink of self-discovery. After her son's murder, Kathy began to publish his art, which gained popularity worldwide and—together with her daughter, Amy—launched a global foundation celebrating Dan's work as a creative activist. Throughout Kathy's exploration of profound tragedy, we find the secrets to not only surviving, but being truly, gloriously alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062048622
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, editor, journalist, and film and television producer. Following the death of her son, Dan, she and her daughter, Amy, launched Creative Visions Foundation to support creative activists who, like Dan, use media to inform, inspire, and empower positive change. CVF has incubated more than one hundred and fifty projects and productions on five continents, touching the lives of more than one hundred million people.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I Daylight

1 Flying the Nest 9

2 Swinging London 19

3 Nightmare in Mill Hill 23

4 Make Believe You're Brave 31

5 Lions in the Garden 43

6 Safari 53

7 Carpe Diem 64

8 Cradle of Mankind 71

9 Warnings 84

10 Temptations 97

11 Death at Midnight 102

Part II Dusk

12 Children of Africa 111

13 Merry-Go-Round 127

14 A Dangerous Man 135

15 Journey to Delphi 145

16 Crossroads 156

17 Veil of Illusion 164

18 Bleeding 175

19 A Dancing Star 184

20 Do What You Love 194

21 Deziree and Big Blue 199

22 Hollywood Jungle 207

23 The Front Line 219

24 News from Hell 228

25 Summer Hopes 236

Part III Kew Dawn

26 July 12th 245

27 Dancing on the Earth 254

28 The Snakebark Tree 274

29 The Message 285

30 Images of Conflict 292

31 The Journey Is the Destination 302

32 Dying to Tell the Story 312

33 The Story 324

34 Forgiveness 341

35 Wings 347

36 Love Catcher 354

37 Soaring 365

Acknowledgments 371

Credits 373

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In the Heart of Life: A Memoir 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful painful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fabulous story of adventure, relationships, loss and triumph. Highly recommend.