Story of Kirsten Wolcott, Martyred Adventist Missionary, Told in New Book
Her self-confessed killer is also interviewed
in book, written by a fellow student
On the morning of November 19, 2009, Kirsten Wolcott was murdered while jogging on the Micronesian island of Yap, where she served as a student missionary. The news (see Adventist Review, Dec. 10, 2009, p. 8) devastated her family and friends, and shocked the church around the world. Now Pacific Press has just released a book by fellow Southern Adventist University student, Rainey H. Park, entitled Love, Kirsten, which tells the gut-level story behind the headlines.
GRIPPING STORY: Love, Kirsten, written by Rainey H. Park, a fellow student at Southern Adventist University, and professor Andy Nash.
In this compelling true account of her life and death as a student missionary, Kirsten is seen as a real-life, warm, and winsome young 20-year-old who was passionate about people and about serving God. With the family’s blessing, Park has incorporated e-mail correspondence between Kirsten and her family, as well as journal entries—including an entry on the day of her death.
As a missionary story, Love, Kirsten is substan-tially different from the typical missionary book.
It is primarily about a young woman who loved the Lord, who dealt with real challenges in knowing God’s will, who had personal struggles fighting anorexia, and whose life was dramatically cut short.
“I couldn’t put this book down,” said Gary Krause, director of Adventist Mission in Silver Spring, Maryland. “It’s a story of redemption in the face of incomprehensible trag-edy; of an imperfect but beautiful Christian young woman who loved
much and was greatly loved; of the
terrible loss of a 20-year-old martyr in
Author Rainey H. Park is expected to graduate in December from Southern Adventist University. She and Kirsten were classmates, and although she didn’t know Kirsten personally, she felt that Kirsten’s story was one that needed to be told. The book includes an interview with the self-confessed murderer and an afterword by Kirsten’s father, Hollis Wolcott. Kirsten Wolcott didn’t get the chance to tell her own story—but in Love, Kirsten, Park tells it for her.
Assisting Park as coauthor is Southern Adventist University journalism professor Andy Nash. Nash has written numerous magazine articles, is a popular columnist for Adventist Review, and is the author of Paper God (Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2010), his personal memoir.
Love, Kirsten is available at any local Adventist Book Center, or by calling (800) 765-6955. It is also sold online via www.Adventist BookCenter.com.
—Pat Jameson, Pacific Press Publishing Association