Deserts to Mountaintops: Our Collective Journey to (re)Claiming Our Voice by Jessica Buchanan

Deserts to Mountaintops

Publisher: 2023

In 2011, while on a routine mission for her organization in Somalia, Jessica Buchanan made one seemingly small decision that would change the trajectory of her life. She ignored her intuition, and by doing so, silenced her voice. As a result, she spent 93 days as a hostage to pirates who demanded 45 million dollars for her freedom. On January 25, 2012, Jessica was successfully rescued by SEAL Team Six.

While Jessica’s story is unique, her practice of self-abandonment is not. She has spent the last decade learning how to repair her relationship with her intuition, and through the hard work of reclaiming her voice, Jessica has continued to climb her way out of the desert of self-abandonment to the mountaintop of self-love.


Deserts to Mountaintops, birthed from Jessica’s healing journey, is an anthology of 22 women’s unique accounts of their own desert to mountaintop experiences. Empowering stories of survival, tenacity, and resilience highlight these women’s incredible ability to finally choose themselves. By reclaiming their voice, they show us how to stand in our own infinite power, reminding us why we are here, what we can do, and who we can become.