I never set the goal to live in Afghanistan.
I never set the goal to write a book.
Now both of these non-goals have happened and I am really glad that I did not resist to the point of saying, “Absolutely not!”
The book, about the seven years in Afghanistan is now published. Here is the back cover copy:
What Woman Would Willingly Move to Afghanistan?
No woman in her right mind would choose to live in war-ravaged, male-dominated Afghanistan unless she had the golden opportunity to lead the best school in the country.
In 2005, following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Gail Goolsby reluctantly found herself the founding principal of the International School of Kabul in Afghanistan. The how, when, and why make for a captivating and insightful story.
Unveiled Truth pulls back the curtain of distant cultures and reveals the challenge of overseas living. With humor and transparency, Gail shares dramatic scenes from her seven years in Kabul and unveils the lessons she learned. Mortar blasts, campus lockdowns, work disputes, cultural restrictions, and the lack of daily conveniences are some of the many challenges she faced. Though her time in Afghanistan proved difficult, Gail chose to stay, hoping to improve the lives of young people caught up in a treacherous world.
In this book, Gail encourages us to view Afghan culture in a new light, teaches us what she learned about responding to personal failures and relational difficulties, and inspires us to give of ourselves, so that in the process, we too can be irrevocably changed, just as Kabul forever changed her for the better.
So...perhaps YOU are being invited to participate in an unexpected opportunity that will stretch and stress you, but also deliver much satisfaction and positive change to your life. What will your answer be?