Amanda Lindhout


Amanda Lindhout

New York Times Bestselling Author | Expert on Resilience, Survival, and Optimal Mindset

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout travelled to Somalia — a country often called “the most dangerous place on earth”. Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda was held hostage for 460 days, and survived on her strategy, fortitude, and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her unique experiences lend to important issues such as women’s rights, forgiveness, resilience, politics, and counter-terrorism. Her tale of survival builds suspense and momentum, revealing life-changing insights with actionable takeaways on how to re-frame pain into power.

A bestselling author, Amanda’s multiple-award-winning memoir of her experience in Somalia, A House in the Sky, has been on The Globe and Mail’s “Top Ten Bestsellers” list for a record-breaking three and a half years. The book is now being made into a film by Hollywood production company Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle, Joy, Foxcatcher) with Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara playing the role of Amanda. The movie’s release is expected in 2018.

An internationally renowned speaker, Amanda has shared stages with such luminaries as Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. She has visited over 90 countries to share her story, captivating audiences as large as 25,000 people.

She has been featured in Vogue, New York Times magazine, Dateline, The Today Show, Morning Joe and Anderson Cooper among other renowned media.

Freedom in Forgiveness

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales.

At the age of nineteen, she began to travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America and Laos.

In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq, she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.”

On her fourth day in Somalia, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converted to Islam as a survival tactic, received “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risked a daring escape.

Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survived on memory and on strategy, fortitude, and hope.

A captivating, unforgettable speaker, Amanda alights on the positive and leaves her audience with a fuller understanding of the freedom we can all experience when we choose to embrace compassion.

What emerges is a celebration of resilience — a powerful portrait of the strength of the human spirit.

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