ricki lake

Kathy Eldon’s memoir is raw, honest, and instantly compelling – an amazing adventure of the heart that enlightens the soul.  Thank goodness for this book and for the tremendous source of inspiration that is Kathy Eldon.

– Ricki Lake, television personality




pat mitchell

Kathy Eldon has written the kind of personal memoir that captures – in EXQUISITE, emotionally charged detail – a life of adventure, love, loss, and ultimate redemption through creativity and activism.  The story of her search for meaning challenges our beliefs and opens our heart to new possibilities.

Pat Mitchell, The Paley Center for Media


rosie o'donnell

Kathy inspires women to believe that they can do more than simply survive; they can thrive and passionately create the lives of their choice.

Rosie O’Donnell, comedian, actress, and author


maria bello

Kathy Eldon’s courage to live in the heart of life, with all of its tragedies and joys, inspires all of us to live more soulfully, honestly, and passionately.  By following her soul’s longings, she finds herself again and again turning her pain into compassion and her frailties and failures into gifts.  Her life is the true definition of A ‘HERO’S JOURNEY.’

Maria Bello, actor and activist


Kweku Mandela

Kathy’s extraordinary story has been an inspiration for countless others seeking to fill their lives with purpose.  Her ability to find meaning in – and transcend – suffering, and her experiences in America, Europe, and Africa remind us that the strength we look for is already inside each of us.

– Kweku Mandela, Founder, Africa Rising


alexandra fuller

Kathy Eldon has made something PROFOUNDLY INSPIRING OUT OF THE UNTHINKABLY HEARTBREAKING.  A memoir of breathtaking honesty; a mother’s heart-song to her children; an elegy for her wild and inspiring son; a testimony to what it is to be fiercely engaged in the world; a love story to East Africa; a spiritual odyssey.

Alexandra Fuller, author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Scribbling the Cat







Kathy Eldon’s memoir, In the Heart of Life, is truly magnificent.  I couldn’t help myself, the tears constantly bubbled up and flowed.  To say it’s ‘inspiring’ is only a small part of it.  I’d say ‘awesome’ is more appropriate.  Kathy has truly lived a glass-full life in spite of the terrible setbacks and I can only marvel at her tenacity for finding what is good in tragic circumstances and making all of us try to do better in our own lives.

– Larry Kirshbaum, Vice President Amazon Publishing


susan stiffelman

This book compromised my sleep by keeping me up late at night, it impacted my work by compelling me to put aside things I needed to do so I could ‘just read a few pages.’  Kathy’s story is full of triumph and sorrow, heartbreak, and redemption.  A remarkable read.

Susan Stiffleman, author of Parenting without Power Struggles, therapist and parenting expert


ann haggart

This extraordinary memoir of a woman’s journey from Iowa to London to Kenya, from all that was safe and predictable to a transformative, dazzling, yet harrowing new life and existence – transforming the depths of pain to the heights of activism.

Ann Haggart, Annenberg Foundation


elinor tatum

In the Heart of Life is not just a memoir, but a journey of the soul looking for light.  We are taken on a stunning adventure of love, loss, hope, forgiveness, and dreams.  A must read for anyone who has ever loved, lost, and still seeks the answers.

Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Amsterdam News


lyndon harris

Kathy Eldon shares an extraordinary tale – at times heartbreaking, at times exuberant.  Every twist, every turn, every triumph and tragedy reflects a woman facing life’s most tender, vulnerable, scary moments and saying…YES.  Her courage in embracing life inspires me to do the same.

Lyndon Harris, founder, The Gardens of Forgiveness Project



Part African travelogue, part journey of an adventurous mother/son team, Eldon writes lyrically and honestly, portraying both the breathtaking landscapes of Kenya and her struggles as a wife and mother amid shattering loss.  

From an early age, Eldon is fascinated with the continent and sees her dream of moving there fulfilled as a young woman, eagerly jumping from the cornfields of Iowa to Nairobi (via London), where she is captivated by ‘the clarity of light… and the brilliant colours of the bougainvillea.’  However, over the years Eldon confronts a growing dissatisfaction as she fights to find her own identity, a battle that leads to her emergence as a writer as well as the unraveling of her marriage.  

Her son, Dan, possessed with an enormous heart and tremendous spirit – especially when it came to handling the mix of beauty, danger, and suffering he witnessed daily in Kenya – became a photojournalist documenting profoundly troubled hot spots around the world.  When Dan, trying to aid victims of a bomb attack in Somalia, is murdered by an angry mob of survivors, Eldon, struggling with grief, realizes a vision for influencing change.  Through speeches, photography exhibits, and a documentary, she brings to light her son’s story that of other journalists on the front lines in war-torn countries.  

Although Eldon endures tremendous heartbreak, her recovery is a testament to the ability to heal.

Publishers Weekly



A TV and film producer’s memoir of a rich life lived as an American expatriate in Britain and Kenya and of the remarkable relationship she had with her son, photojournalist Dan Eldon.  As a child, Iowa native Eldon often dreamed of ‘flying away and exploring the world.’  She  got her wish not long after graduating from college when she married an English businessman and went to live with him in late-1960s London.  But it quickly became evident to her that a life of dull domesticity would not allow her to help other people.  

All that changed after her husband was transferred to Nairobi in 1977.  Eldon embarked on a magnificent adventure in a land that not only captivated her heart but also awakened a deep inner restlessness.  She educated herself about Kenya and its people, went on safaris and met extraordinary artists and intellectuals, including several members of the brilliant Leaky family.  Eager to be more than just another ‘bored’ wife, she began writing articles about everything from Kenyan food and politics to visiting celebrities like psychic Sylvia Browne, who started Eldon on a lifelong metaphysical quest for truth.  She also encouraged her gifted son to express himself through art and, later, photography.  Self-enlightenment brought increasing professional recognition and success but ended her marriage and nearly destroyed her.  She returned to England, where she found a career mentor in distinguished film producer Geoffrey Dudman.  

Meanwhile, her son began his brief but brilliant career as a humanitarian and photojournalist.  Eerily enough, his tragic death at age 22 fulfilled a psychic prediction that she would find purpose in finishing the work another had begun.  A vibrant, interesting book marred by an overabundance of detail and an overreliance on cosmic signs taken for predestined wonders.

Kirkus Reviews

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