Books by Author Caroline Kurtz

Caroline has been an avid storyteller since childhood. She started seriously writing down her stories just before her daughter was born, and has been honing her craft ever since.

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Today is Tomorrow

By 1996, millions of South Sudanese have been killed, died of starvation, or fled the decades-long civil war ravaging their country. So when the Presbyterian Church in the United States begins recruiting a development team to work with war refugees in the region, Caroline and her husband Mark are eager to help. But it’s only months before ghosts from their individual pasts whistle in to disrupt their marriage and their new postings.

Caroline finds relief in teaching and peace work in South Sudan, but the heavy responsibility she now carries for dozens of vulnerable families―coupled with the prevailing ideas of Biblical womanhood that put pressure on her personal life―makes it increasingly clear that Caroline is under-prepared for the high-stakes crisis in which she is now embedded.

Through a number of consequential mistakes and increasingly debilitating self-doubt, Caroline clings to hope that her willingness to stand with the South Sudanese will count for something in the end. A deeply personal examination of South Sudan at war―and a woman at war with herself―Today is Tomorrow shines a warm light on the darkest of places.

Down on Both Sides a book by Caroline Kurtz

A Road Called Down On Both Sides: Growing Up in Ethiopia and America

Winner of the Presbyterian Writers Guild’s Best First Book Award Coming of age in 1950s Ethiopia, American Caroline Kurtz returns as an adult with spouse and family, searching for “home.”

Caroline Kurtz grew up in the remote mountains of Maji, Ethiopia in the 1950s. Inside her mud adobe home with her missionary parents and three sisters, she enjoyed American family life. Outside, her world was shaped by drums and the joy cry; Jeep and mule treks into the countryside; ostriches on the air strip; and the crackle of several Ethiopian languages she barely understood but longed to learn.

She felt she’d been exiled to a foreign country when she went to Illinois for college. She returned to Ethiopia to teach, only to discover how complex working in another culture and language really is. Life under a Communist dictatorship meant constant outages―water, electricity, sugar, even toilet paper. But she was willing to do anything, no matter how hard, to live in Ethiopia again. Yet the chaos only increased―guerillas marched down from the north, their t-shirts crisscrossed by Kalashnikov bandoliers.