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Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

One on One with Amanda Lindhout

Hosted by Louisa Taylor

One on One with Amanda Lindhout

Hosted by Louisa Taylor
Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)
Amanda Lindhout

Amanda Lindhout is the founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports development, aid, and education initiatives in Somalia and Kenya. 


Her curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity. Join us for a taste of her memoir, A House in the Sky, and a conversation on her remarkable story of courage, resilience, and grace.


As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.


Held hostage for 460 days, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. 


Books by participating authors available on-site. A booksigning will follow each event.


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