Letters Never Sent

Book Cover: Letters Never Sent
Editions:Paperback - 2nd Ed: £ 10.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781904881483
Pages: 294
Kindle - 2nd Ed: £ 4.99 GBP

A Global Nomad’s Journey from Hurt to Healing (Revised)

Ruth E. Van Reken

At the age of five, Ruth, a missionary child in Africa, was sent away to boarding school. In this moving memoir – in the form of letters that she could have sent her parents – Van Reken examines the impact of her cross-cultural upbringing.

The memoir has sold 32 000 copies since it was first published. The revised edition includes a 30-page epilogue and 15 pages of photographs.

“The new epilogue records ‘the rest of the story’,” explains Van Reken, “describing the amazing ongoing inner and outer journey that I have been privileged to live since finishing what was originally intended to be a private journal.”

Reviews:Norma McCaig, founder and former Executive Director, Global Nomads Society wrote:

Though Ruth’s story comes specifically from the mission community, others who have experienced the many separations and losses in a childhood lived abroad will find Ruth’s hurts their hurts, just as her healing becomes the beginning of their own.

David C. Pollock, founder Interaction, Int. wrote:

Children who grow up cross-culturally have the same needs as anyone else. However, the demands and pressures of cross cultural involvement, high mobility, and highly motivated parents often create complexities in development that require unique insight and specific response. Ruth’s story helps us gain that insight and develop our ability to seek proper answers to our own confusing questions as well as reaching out to others in their struggles.

Author: Ruth E. Van Reken

Ruth Van Reken is a second generation Third Culture Kid (TCK) and mother of three now adult TCKs and co-author of "Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds", rev. ed. (Nicholas Brealey) with David C. Pollock. She is also the author of "Letters Never Sent", one of the first books written by an adult TCK examining the impact of his or her cross-cultural childhood. For the last twenty-five years, Ruth has travelled extensively to over forty-five countries working with fellow adult TCKs, parents of TCKs, human resource people, educators, and other caregivers about issues related to global family living. Currently, Ruth is researching how lessons learned in this TCK context may also apply to other types of cross-cultural childhoods. Ruth is co-founder and past chairperson of the annual Families in Global Transition conference. In addition to her two books and various other articles, she has written a chapter in "Strangers at Home" (Aletheia Publications), "Unrooted Childhoods" (Nicholas Brealey/Intercultural Press), and an upcoming book, "Writing Out of Limbo" (Cambridge Scholars Publications).