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Paperback: 420 pages
Key Publishing House Inc.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0978252640
ISBN-13: 978-0978252649

The Author

Elizabeth Hankins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Houston, Texas just in time to start fourth grade.  She’s lived in the Bayou City since, not counting time away for university studies.  She graduated in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in English and psychology.

Elizabeth worked in the energy industry for five years, part of which was spent as a corporate journalist and speechwriter.  She switched gears in the early nineties and headed up a young family ministry at a local megachurch.  A couple years later, she began consulting and writing for churches and other religious non-profits undergoing change.  She’s done this since, which is how she learned of southern Sudan’s plight.

In 2002, a brochure marked “Slavery and War in Sudan” crossed the desk where Elizabeth was working and what ensued would take too much space to detail here. Suffice it to say that a whole new world slowly came clear, along with the assurance that every person can do something to help in the fight against human injustice, oppression and extreme poverty.  The Calling is the outgrowth of this yet-ongoing journey – one that continues to persuade Elizabeth that to be human means to be both locally and globally active on behalf of humanity.

Elizabeth divides her time between writing, lobbying, researching and raising a family.  In 2007, she traveled to northern Uganda and southern Sudan.  Seeing oil-rich southern Sudan devoid of even the most basic infrastructure (minimal access to clean drinking water, no health care and education systems, no basic roads), Elizabeth returned to the States and began researching initiatives aimed at helping stem the flow of conflict resources (see Africa and the Resource Curse).  Natural resources such as oil, gas, timber, diamonds, gold and the like often fuel civil wars and encourage political corruption in some of the world’s most resource-rich, but undeveloped countries (check out the work of Transparency International and read up on Kimberly Process, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Publish What You Pay).

Going forward, Elizabeth plans to complete a sequel to The Calling while exploring ways that civil society can help shape policy in the extractive industries (oil, gas, timber and mining) sector.  In particular, she would love to see people of faith come behind these strategic efforts that address more root causes of oppression while promoting social stability and economic opportunity for all.

Contact Elizabeth

You can e-mail Elizabeth at elizabeth@thecalling-novel.com or contact her through her agent, Wes Yoder, at the Ambassador Speaker’s Bureau and Literary Agency (wes.yoder@ambassadorspeakers.com).