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[Worlds Apart] tells the captivating story of Marilyn Gardner's childhood as a 'third culture kid', raised by her Christian, American missionary parents in the heart of Pakistan. Gardner's eloquent story of the trials, tribulations, and lessons of growing up as a bridge between these rich cultures serves as an important lens through which Americans and Pakistanis can learn more about one another and their important long-term partnership in a time when the gap between the two nations seems to be growing ever larger.... Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, Washington, D.C

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Worlds Apart - A Third Culture Kid's Journey (previously published under Passages Through Pakistan) is a wonderful book, presenting in both a descriptive and reflective way the wonder of her childhood that took place in the mountains of northern Pakistan, the villages and deserts of southern Pakistan and the small towns of New England, along with some of the places in between.
As the only daughter in a remarkable family that included four brothers, Marilyn emerges as a sensitive observer with an impressive eye for detail as well as a well developed memory for the small anecdote that often reveals a much larger meaning.
Part spiritual reflection, part childhood reminiscence and part travelogue, Marilyn's book will be especially welcomed by those trying to make sense of their own personal stories, especially if they involve transitions across multiple cultures and geographic locations.A deeply moving observer of the places, people and events that have surrounded her, she demonstrates sensitivity and understanding toward an often misunderstood part of the world, presenting the sights, sounds, landscapes and peoples of Pakistan in ways that are largely absent in both newspaper headlines and superficial social media accounts that all too often know little and understand even less.
Americans growing up in Asia and Asians growing up in America will especially gravitate toward this account, capturing as it does the complexity as well as the wonder and astonishment of childhoods spent in unlikely places. It will also resonate strongly with missionary kids and third culture kids everywhere.

~ Jonathan Addleton, former US Ambassador to Mongolia, is the author of several books including 
The Dust of Kandahar and Some Far and Distant Place

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While my book Between Worlds - Essays on Culture and Belonging is a series of reflections on growing up overseas and then living overseas as an adult, this new book Worlds Apart - A Third Culture Kid's Journey is a memoir and more chronological account of those years from birth to age 18. There is no single story in the third culture kid narrative, rather we each have our own unique stories, but my hope is that readers can connect with my story and some of the common themes of a third culture identity shaped by many places and events. My hope is also that readers will see the country of Pakistan in a much more nuanced way than the mainstream media portrays. I am ever grateful to Pakistan - Land of the Pure - for her never ending hospitality, her beauty, and her love. It is important to note that the initial part of the book was previously published under the title Passages Through Pakistan. This new edition has a foreword by Rachel Pieh Jones and a section at the end on Writing Your Own Story. 
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Doorlight Publications; Previously Titled Passages Through Pakistan ed. edition (February 26, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 238 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0998223328
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0998223322
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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Marilyn Gardner was raised in Pakistan and went on to raise her own five children in Pakistan and Egypt before moving to the Boston area. She is the author of Between Worlds, (2014 Doorlight Publications) and Worlds Apart: A Third Culture Kid's Journey (2018 Doorlight Publications.) Both books resonate with those both inside and outside their passport countries who know the joys and challenges of living between two or more, often conflicting worlds.

In Worlds Apart, Marilyn traces a journey of growing faith and emerging identity in a small missionary community. From the close quarters of boarding school, to the strangeness of furloughs in her parents' native Massachusetts, this honest portrayal of a young girl's struggles with faith, friendship, and belonging will resonate deeply with a wide range of readers.

Between Worlds is a set of essays that explore the rootlessness and grief as well as the unexpected moments of humor and joy that are a part of living between two worlds. Between Worlds charts a journey between the cultures of East and West, the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones and familiar places, and the loneliness of not belonging. "Every one of us has been at some point between two worlds, be they faith and loss of faith, joy and sorrow, birth and death. Between Worlds is a luminous guide for connecting---and healing---worlds." - Cathy Romeo, co-author, Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses

Marilyn's work also appears in What a Woman is Worth (Civitas Press, April 1,2014) Plough Quarterly, Fathom Magazine, and Among Worlds magazine. Marilyn has lived as an adult in Pakistan, Egypt, the United States, and most recently the Kurdish region of Iraq. She is the creator of the popular blog Communicating Across Boundaries and a contributor and administrator for A Life Overseas Blog.

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