Soul Space

Soul Space shares the compelling story of our family’s journey to create places of beauty and welcome in a global guesthouse and gardens.

My husband Jim and I wanted to honor the compassionate spirit of our young adult daughter Krista who was killed while volunteering in Bolivia with her husband.

Twenty years ago, we joined with family and friends to launch the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship to encourage other young adults engaged in a year or more of service in developing nations or America’s urban cities. A year later, we replaced a dilapidated barn with a guesthouse we named The Hearth and created global gardens that center many gatherings.

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The book features inspiring stories from Krista colleagues, many Spokane community groups, and visitors from around the world. Their reflections on how their spirits were strengthened by time at the Hearth attests to the human hunger for pauses, for peace, for beauty. In a world dominated by endless distractions and divisiveness, an early reviewer Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks wrote, “Soul Space will stir your heart and ignite your own imagination of the possible. A vital read for today’s world.”

With 180 beautiful color photographs, you’ll be invited to imagine how to cultivate your own Hearth spaces. Creating such intentional places will gift your families, neighbors, friends, and communities with warmth and welcome, much needed in today’s world.


With the motto, “Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books” the Illumination Book Awards are designed to honor the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. Soul Space: Creating Places and Lives that Make a Difference was honored with the Illumination Silver Medallion Award for “Keepsake and Gift” books.   


Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published books released each year. Soul Space: Creating Places and Lives that Make a Difference was honored with the Bronze Award in the “West-Pacific Best Regional Non-Fiction” category.   


Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents this award to books with superior cover artwork. Judged on both content and style, the da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.

Praise for Soul Space

In a world of systemic busyness, endless distraction, and always-moving-on, we all hunger for hearth time, for pause time, for soul space.


The Hearth, a guest retreat space, provides a template that lodges in the heart, a seed of imagination that emerging adults and other guests can carry into their future and use to create places in their communities where they can drop anchor and abide, stay, dwell, live—and make a difference. Soul Space will stir your heart and ignite your own imagination of the possible. A vital read for today’s world.

Sharon Daloz Parks,

author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith

An extraordinary book, beautiful in language, presentation, and spirit!


– Jane Kirkpatrick,

award-winning author, Everything She Didn’t Say and Homestead

Soul Space welcomes readers into a distinctive journey that begins with the loss of a beloved daughter

and the emergence of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, an empowering community, and the Hearth, an inspiring place for young adults engaged in service, and for visiting guests. With Linda Lawrence Hunt’s winsome writing and Jim Hunt’s evocative poetry, this eagerly awaited book will inform and inspire a wide audience!

Ronald C. White,

author of presidential biographies A. Lincoln, A Biography and American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and a visiting scholar at the Hearth.

“Your gift of Soul Space was a gift of grace!

It awakened…continues to do so…a hopefulness and trust in God’s transformative work in our lives, especially when tragedy occurs.  Beautifully crafted, the message “creating places and lives that make differerence”  ripples out in marvelous and miraculous ways!  So grateful, my friend, that you cared to share this with me!”

– A California reader 

Soul Space provided a gracious space for my own soul in the company of the grieving. …

The interwoven stories of Soul Space partake in the scandal of the incarnation — that we meet the Holy One in specific stories, in service, in a seat by the hearth or in a garden. This is where we find shalom — the way the world should be.

– Nancy T. Fox,

The Presbyterian Outlook

Soul Space will inspire you to cultivate your own Hearth spaces.

These intentional places provide warmth and welcome and will be a blessing to your families, neighbors, friends, and communities.

A beautiful and inspiring Christmas gift for friends and family!

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