Amanda Lindhout

We are honored to have Amanda Lindhout as one of our speakers for the 2020 Future in Focus Women Working in Corrections & Juvenile Justice conference!

Amanda Lindhoust is a New York Times bestselling author. Her multiple award winning memoir, A House in the Sky, has been a Top 10 bestseller since its release in 2013. It is the story of Amanda’s years as an aspiring television war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the 460 days she spent as a hostage in Somalia.

Raised by a single mom in a small city, Amanda escaped the violence of her childhood by imagining herself in the pages of National Geographic magazine. As a young woman, Amanda’s curiosity led her to some of the world’s most beautiful and remote places, and its most imperiled and perilous countries.

In 2008, she travelled to Somalia to report from “the most dangerous place on earth.” Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda would spend 15 months as a hostage, moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, surviving on strategy, fortitude and hope.

Her story of survival builds suspense and momentum to reveal life changing insights into mind conditioning. Amanda’s physical and mental pain led to a pivotal moment where she understood that despite everything, she still had choice and control over the mindset with which she faced each day. Using conviction, affirmation, gratitude, and positive thinking, Amanda survived the unimaginable.