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Heartprints of Africa

"A  bullet strikes the tree overhead, solidly emphasizing that the battle approaches. Questions whirl through my mind. The kids look up, poised to move; their eyes full of trust, courage, and a thread of fear. The decisions and consequences whirl through my heart. My answer chokes on the lump in my throat. "

-Excerpt from Heartprints of Africa

When Cinda decides to visit her identical twin, Linda, and family in Northern Uganda, little does she know they will be running for their lives. 

How did a a relaxing vacation result in a terrifying escape from artillery and automatic gunfire? The answer begins four decades earlier...


More than a book...Heartprints of Africa is a journey spanning two continents and three generations--traveling to the heart of family and the East African people.




Cinda and her identical twin Linda grew up with their three brothers in East Africa where their parents served as medical missionaries. Her nursing, health education, and law enforcement careers combined for a rich 20 year career teaching at the Texas Game Warden Academy.

She currently pursues her mission — to unleash the champion in people — through her volunteer work in the Discovery Program and her connections with people that cross her path.

Cinda lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband, Stanley, and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Buddy. Among her interests are travel and competitive sports. She is an eleven time gold medalist in the World Police and Fire Games Biathlon. In 2017 Cinda was inducted into the World Police and Fire Games Hall of Fame.

Linda served as a missionary to East Africa with her husband John Byron and four kids. Leaving her medical clinics in Africa behind, she now lives in San Antonio where John Byron pastors a church and she applies her passion to help people in her job as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

Fascinating look at the life of a missionary family in East Africa
I loved reading about the author’s swashbuckling, fearless missionary father and his remarkably capable wife as they set off with their five young children for a new life at a mission hospital in East Africa. The book has been very well written, well edited and impeccably formatted and is certainly worthy of 5 stars.

Susie Kelly—author of I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry--#1 Best Seller in African Travel

A Vivid Portrait of an Extraordinary Life

Cinda Adams Brooks’ memoir sizzles with the sights, sounds, and smells of her African childhood in the 1960s juxtaposed with a perilous return to that world as an adult. Reading “Heartprints of Africa” is an immersive experience, one that will not be easily forgotten.” 

Rita Gardner—author of The Coconut Latitudes

Brilliant writing, a heart-stopping adventure, and unforgettable characters make Heartprints of Africa a keeper.

Catherine Palmer, author of A Touch of Betrayal and 57 other novels



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