Growing up as a conservative pastor's kid in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sarah shattered the glass ceiling of her family’s expectation and traditional upbringing to become the first woman in her family to graduate from college and then go on to earn a masters degree in Medical Science from Yale School of Medicine. While studying Journalism at Columbia University in pursuit of becoming a medical journalist, her forward trajectory came to a grinding halt when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. After she lost everything, she moved from the east coast to Portland, Oregon, with just a suitcase of clothes, and started over.
It was at that point that she had a chance encounter with a Somali refugee family on the train in Portland. Sarah developed a relationship with them, and over the next few months, while she taught the single Somali mom and her five daughters how to live in America, they taught her how to love and be loved again.
The details of Sarah and the Somali girls’ story of survival, recovery and redemption are recorded in her memoir, The Invisible Girls (Jericho Books, 2013).
Additionally, Sarah’s writing has appeared in Just Between Us, Relevant Magazine, Burnsidewriters.com, TheOoze.com, and Christianity Today. Her writing for Christianity Today’s This is Our City project one first prize from the National Evangelical Press Association in 2012 and MSNBC.com has written about Sarah and her blog.
As a speaker, Sarah is a regular at retreats, churches, and conferences. She was recently featured at Donald Miller’s Storyline Conference and named one of 40 Women Under 40 who are challenging taboos of the Christian Faith by the I Speak For Myself initiative.