where the light begins

Get ready for a crazy ride that will take you on a journey around the world. Writing this book, where I talk about my unusual upbringing, is probably the most vulnerable thing I have done, so why did I do it?


Through the many travels I have met people from all walks of life who have generously shared with me their fears, hopes, dreams and lessons learned that I felt it is now my turn to pay it forward.


So if you are interested in learning more about other cultures and non-mainstreams ideas then check the book out.

“This book was a profound journey to the soul – that grabs you and holds onto you from cover to cover. Where the Light Begins is a coming of age story, about a young woman searching for her identity, as both a person on this planet finding her path in life and work, and as a spiritual being.


From Christian cults to Tibetan monks, and from Bangkok penthouses to silent retreats, you are taken along with her, as she eloquently and vulnerably shares her journey. This book was an inspiration on so many levels – to never forget to travel and explore, but also to take a journey inward. Truly a great read, I couldn’t put it down! – Eva Linderborg, Amsterdam

“I’ve been reading Cristy’s book, not at all what I had expected . . . I suspect if you get into it you will not want to put it down. I am constantly wanting to see what happens next, the suspense is building and she is only 21 years old and I have only read about half her short life.  I’ll be really interested to see if you are captured by the adventure and suspense as I have been.  WOW is all I have to say”

– Frank Balma, San Francisco

Cristy Elmendorp has an interesting story to tell. About the journeys she made in different countries and with different beliefs, but most of all the journey she made in discovering her own identity.


She has a way of describing places and people that makes you feel you are there with her. The book is easy to read, also for readers for whom English is not the native language. I highly recommend this book!

– Maaike Runia, Rotterdam

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In Where the Light Begins: A Seeker’s Journey for Truth, Freedom and a Place to Call Home, Cristy Elmendorp shares an intimate account of her extraordinary life journey. The daughter of a missionary who once belonged to a controversial Christian cult called “The Children of God”, her father would often tell her that she was ‘born in the heat of the revolution’.


Through the many twists and turns of her life, including her quest to free her mind from the brainwashing of a cult, a tangled relationship with a Tibetan Buddhist scholar to her unexpected career in starting a high-end travel company, Cristy finds the courage to remain open to the great mystery of the unknown. It is this openness that leads her to find the answers she was searching for in the most unexpected place.


A memoir of self-discovery, adventure, and spirituality interwoven in an epic coming-of-age story, Cristy, takes the reader on a journey throughout Southeast Asia and the Himalayas, among others, as she sets out to find her place in the world.