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Love, Kirsten


By: Rainey H. Park

Behind the tragic headlines . . . was a beautiful young Christian. 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. Kirsten’s death shocked the Yapese people and devastated her family and friends back in the United States.

In this compelling true story, you’ll fall in love with a winsome 20-year-old who laughed, cooked, jogged, and most of all, loved her Lord. As you read Kirsten’s journal entries and share in her joys and trials, you’ll experience her inner world. And you’ll long for the day when every tear will finally be wiped away.


“Right to the final pages that brought tears to my eyes, I couldn’t put this book down. In many ways, Kirsten seemed just another college student on a short-term mission adventure. But we learn so much more—of personal struggles, spiritual growth, deep compassion. It’s a story of redemption in the face of incomprehensible tragedy. 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 running shoes.”
Gary Krause, Director, Adventist Mission

“Many have been touched by the tragedy of Kirsten Wolcott’s murder, and now many more will be touched by this well-researched story. In these pages, the life and commitment of a student missionary unfolds with an honest look at her personal struggles and untimely death.”
Gordon Bietz, President, Southern Adventist University

“I'm so thankful for this book about my daughter. I shed tears many times. I miss Kirsten every day and can't wait to give her the longest hug when Jesus comes and my angel picks me up and takes me to her. I pray that everyone who reads this book will be changed forever.”
Karen Wolcott, mother of Kirsten Wolcott

“Kirsten’s story continues to inspire students at Southern Adventist University to join the very ranks of missions in which her life was taken. This biography is honest, and creatively written. Kirsten’s journal entries—skillfully woven throughout—show us her inner life, allowing Kirsten to share her story in her own words.”
Brennon Kirstein, Chaplain, Southern Adventist University