Lisa is a fellow Alabamian and a neighbor. Well, almost. We live about 24 miles from each other.
Saigon had fallen.
With Communism breathing down their backs and their wealth and freedom wiped out, Thanh’s parents had to make an agonizing decision. Without enough gold to pay for boat passage for all eight family members, they had to choose whether to stay together and face whatever came in Vietnam, or risk separating the family to give a child a chance to survive.
They had only hours to decide.Under the cover of darkness, two weeks after her twelfth birthday, Thanh left on an overloaded riverboat set for Australia through the pirate-riddled South China Sea. If their boat could survive that, then Thanh would find a way to have her family join her Down Under.
But that would never happen. One after another, obstacles most people can’t even imagine threatened to take her life. This is the true story of Thanh Dương Boyer’s strength, courage, and perseverance in the harshest of circumstances to fulfill the dream of living under the banner of freedom.
The Ground Kisser is a faith-building, flag-waving story that will inspire you to recognize the important things in life, treasure them, and take action to preserve them–even if it cost your life.
Her profound gratitude to live in the freedom of the United States causes her to thank every Vietnam veteran she meets, and led legendary talk show host, Barry Farber, to dub her a “Ground Kisser.”
Long-time Bible student and teacher, Lisa Worthey Smith writes stories of faith, hope and love that point to God. Her encounter rehabilitating a gravely injured hummingbird, Oscar inspired Oscar the Extraordinary Hummingbird. The Wisdom Tree, an allegory about an ordinary olive tree in an ordinary place at an extraordinary time in history, inspires the reader to take a closer look into the time Jesus walked the earth. The Ground Kisser, her most recent release, chronicles the life of a young girl who became one of the Vietnamese boat people at twelve years old. Her profound gratitude to now live in freedom in the USA prompted radio talk show host Barry Farber to dub her a Ground Kisser.
Lisa and her husband of more than 40 years are empty-nesting in north Alabama.