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The Life I Now Live: A True Story of Adventure and Faith in Cambodia (Kenny)

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‘Lord’ I said, ‘have I not made enough sacrifices already? I gave up my friends and family to come to Cambodia… Do you really mean for me to surrender everything?’

When Joelle Kenny was growing up, she was convinced that God would want nothing to do with her. After all, she didn’t come from the ‘right sort of family’ or have a ‘squeaky-clean background’. Little did she know that God had other plans for her life – plans that would take her to an unexpected place, with people of an entirely different language and culture from her own. 

Joelle’s warm and honest account is the story of how the girl who thought she was from the ‘wrong sort of family’ was welcomed into God’s family, how a house of bad luck became a house of blessing, and how God can take even the messiest lives, and transform them into lives lived for him.



Joelle Kenny has served with OMF in Cambodia for over seven years. Her passion is to see people be transformed by God’s word and help others lead and teach Bible studies. In her spare time she enjoys walking, curling up on her balcony with a good book during the heavy monsoon rains and playing with her four delightful dogs.



“To meet Joelle or to hear her speak is to be inspired.  This book has the same impact.  I cannot wait to give it to friends and family, Christian and non-Christian alike.  It is magnificent.”

–      William Taylor, Rector, St Helen’s Bishopsgate

“In a world with many celebrities but few heroines or heroes, this book gives a refreshing insight into the heart of someone willing to follow Christ wherever he leads to help others follow him too. Joelle's story is very honest and hugely encouraging. I'm praying this book would stir many people's hearts to be involved with what God is doing in gathering a people from every tongue and tribe and language and nation.”

-      Robin Weekes, Minister, Emmanuel Church Wimbledon.