Ideas, curated.

Explore my past writings and present projects, from published clips, self-published annual works, and upcoming memoir.

 

As Large As Your Spirit:

a Memoir of a Modern-Day Jonah

By Joel David Bond

Joel David Bond lives in Iraq. By choice. So when he suddenly finds himself quarantined on a remote Greek island at the outset of the pandemic, friends and family romanticize it as a fortunate event. But even paradise has its troubles: with nothing but a carry-on bag, a weak internet signal, and a fair amount of pluck, Bond is forced to learn some hard locked-down life lessons as an accidental refugee from both heart and home. Bond’s journey through exile crosses with that of true refugees; and, as their lives intersect, a universal truth is learned that home really is where the heart is.


Bond’s account captures the refugee experience — be it refugee of heart or war — and how our universal humanity can only be found when we listen to the still, small voice inside. "As Large As Your Spirit" is a memoir of vulnerability, change, and growth, and promises an emotional narrative for anyone who has struggled to find a place to belong.


Currently seeking agent representation for publication.

 

Life Chapters

Annual Publication

Life Chapters are my annual retrospective, self-published every Thanksgiving. Download and read back issues here, or scroll down to listen to select issues on SoundCloud.

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Quantum Connections

November 2022

Amazing Grace*

November 2021

Reverse Refugee

November 2020

Sunrise, Sunset

November 2019

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There Are Other Ways

November 2018

Not What I Expected

November 2017

Open Heart

November 2016

Finding Home

November 2015

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And the Truth Shall Set You Free

November 2013

Shift

November 2012

Learning Turkish

November 2011

It'll Be All Right

November 2010

*Finalist in the 2022 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Non-Fiction, Bellingham Review.

Click below to access audio versions of select files on SoundCloud.

 
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Published Clips

Creating Empathic Leaders in post-conflict Iraq

The Education and Development Forum (UKFIET)

Creating Empathic Leaders in post-conflict Iraq

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

Our new Afghan neighbors

Kansas City Star

Joel Bond in Iraq

Johnson's County Gazette

52 London Walks

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