Elizabeth Brady


I published “The Unlikely Missionary” as a fiction novel based on my 10 months serving as a short-term missionary in the small bush town of Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso, West Africa in 1990-91.

Having grown up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. in the Episcopal Church I was completely unprepared for bush living on a missionary compound. But, like all unexpected journeys, it was life changing.

The story that emerged is fiction in the sense that many characters and dynamics were pulled in from different places and times, and some completely imagined. But, the hilarity and challenge of adjusting to bush living as a suburban American is real.

In light of the sudden death of my son, Mack, on New Year’s Eve 2012, I considered rewriting the book because of the fictional death of a young boy in the story. But, after much thought, I decided to leave it as it was and respect the story I wrote at that time.

I can be contacted at ebrady@unlikelymissionary.com.

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The Unlikely Missionary
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,510. Language: American English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Sorority girl finds God and answers call to mission field in Africa. Katherine leaves behind a stunned family and fiancé to enter the dynamic world of expatriates. Bush living is tough, but the real challenge is accepting God's forgiveness...and breaking off her engagement.

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  • Breaking the Rules of Grief, A Bereaved Mother's Journey on July 21, 2014

    I truly enjoyed reading "Breaking the Rules of Grief" by Shannon Harris. I laughed out loud at some moments because they were so familiar and true. I found the author's journey refreshingly honest and hopeful. My son, Mack, 8, died suddenly on New Year's Eve 2012 and I have been reading widely from those who hold up a lantern and shine a little pathway for us. Thank you!