A Love That Scares Me (Notre Dame Magazine): “Last week, right after my boss had asked me whether I’d be willing to go to Pakistan this summer if need be and I’d said yes, the latest Humanitarian Policy Group report on providing aid in insecure environments crossed my desk. It made for sobering reading…”

The Tired Samaritans (Notre Dame Magazine): “I expected to lose some weight on this trip, I thought grimly, kneeling on the cold cement floor of the dorm’s bathroom. Just not all at once…”




Reading Group Choices




Book reviews

Find reviews of My Hands Came Away Red by Publishers Weekly and others on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.


TV and Radio

The Standard: Part 1 and Part 2 (an interview on Canadian television about my work for the Headington Institute and my first novel, My Hands Came Away Red)

Midday Connection Radio Interview (an hour-long interview on a popular Chicago talk-show about My Hands Came Away Red)


Popular guest posts

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to guest post on different blogs. Here are a few of my most popular guest posts.

Seeking the fruits of motherhood (Inspire A Fire) “Three weeks after my first child was born, my uncle leaned towards my husband, Mike, over the dinner table. “It would be nice,” he said, “to see something positive on Lisa’s blog about the baby.”

The Blessings of the Bai Si (Rachel Held Evans) “When Mike and I were up in Viengkham recently so that Mike could inspect a water system, Mike and the staff (and, by extension, me), were the guests of honor in the village we were visiting.”

Friendly companions from Siberia (Chandra Hoffman) “In the back room of the bonsai store, in a wire cage, was a beautiful ball of white fluff that licked my fingers and batted my wrist with her paws and tried her best to climb out of the cage and into my arms.”



First place MOTH L.A. StorySlam (a live storytelling competition) (2009)

Christy Award Nominee for My Hands Came Away Red (2008)

Honorable Mention, Catholic Press Association, for The Tired Samaritans (2006)