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Book Review: Home Keeps Moving

Review by Susan Adkins

The author’s life as a child of missionary parents may seem like the fulfillment of a traveler’s dream. It quickly becomes apparent, however, that although Heidi Sand-Hart found her frequent overseas moves to be enriching and sometimes exhilarating, she was also left with a pervasive sense of loneliness and a confused cultural identity.

Home Keeps Moving is an exploration of Heidi’s past. It evaluates the effects that her nomadic upbringing has had on her adult life. Her reflections range from a light-hearted checklist on how to tell if one is a third culture kid (a good indicator is having a passport but not a driver’s license) to a heartbreaking recollection of a thoughtless individual on another continent throwing away her birth certificate, teddy bear and baby clothes.

The author seems to come to a certain peace with her history by the end of the book. She and her husband continue her parents’ work of helping the world’s less fortunate, a lifestyle that involves frequent relocations.

‘The TCK label isn’t as important as I once thought it to be. At the end of the day, we are all human beings and can find some common ground,’ Heidi concludes. She realizes that struggling to fit in and the desire for self-knowledge are universal, despite vast differences in origin and life experiences.

I highly recommend this honest and poignant story. This account will deeply resonate with other adult third culture kids, but it will also enlighten those readers who have never traveled outside the country of their birth.

Home Keeps Moving, by Heidi Sand-Hart, McDougal Publishing.

US $11.99

UK £10.99

From Heidi £8.20
Learn more about Heidi from Susan Adkins author interview or visit Heidi’s website.

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  1. Thanks for this great review, Susan and Lisa…really appreciate it! :)

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