“…Greenwood shows us the riches in the spirit that a difficult itinerary can unlock.”

Seth Barnes, Founder of Adventures in Missions

Leave It All: The Journal of a Maybe Missionary is available to buy in three ways:

  1. Order it online: Leave It All is available to order anywhere from your local bookshop or Amazon, wherever you like to get your books. It retails for $18.95. Check out the Amazon link here.
  2. Get it from me in person: If you are in the Seattle area and want a copy, text me or email me at to set up a rendezvous. Since this method lowers the cut that retailers take, I sell these copies for just $15.00.
  3. Have me ship it personally (US only): Email me at to request the book(s) and I’ll ship them to you. Let me know if you want signed copies! With shipping, each $15 book comes to $18.00. I accept cash, PayPal, Venmo… whatever works for you.

If you want to know more about Leave It All: This book is a distillation of the diaries, correspondences, and blogs I wrote on the World Race, an 11-month, 11-country mission trip that I took on in 2014. My goal in writing Leave It All is to share what it was like to engage with my faith and the world as my impressions of both were changing. I wanted to abandon everything I knew… but being intrepid was more awkward than it was inspiring. I wanted to preach the Gospel of Jesus for a year… but I didn’t know if preaching was always the right thing to do, or if I even believed in God. I wanted to see new countries… but a lot of seeing new countries turned out to be boring, or difficult, or scary. I wanted to embrace living in a community of 41 young adults from all over North America, but sometimes such proximity was suffocating.

I’ve come to see my time on the World Race as a microcosm of what we call “real life.” These issues of trying to get wise, succeed, have joy, be loved, know what’s up with the world and each other and the divine… that’s what we’re all dealing with, in our own specific ways. So what I hope to share in this book is not any answers or purposeful guidance, but part of my story. It’s written for people who are asking big questions, who are wondering what to do with their lives–to tell you you’re not alone, not that I figured it out. It’s written for people who like awkward romance and stories of traveler’s diarrhea. I wrote most of the raw material as a 23-year-old, so maybe it’s for young adults especially.

If you want to know what the back cover says:

“11 countries. 11 months. A radical choice. A gutsy move. A decision that changed her life forever.

“Shortly after graduating from college, young, witty, and vibrant Chelsea Greenwood made the decision to embark on the World Race, an opportunity to visit 11 countries in 11 months as an evangelizing Christian missionary. The problem was… she wasn’t even confident about what she believed, much less her ability to convince someone else of it.

“How could she share her shaky faith with others as “the Truth”? How could she be a missionary to the world, when her own internal world was full of turmoil and doubt? Could she pray on behalf of other people to a God she was not even quite sure exists?

“Leave It All is Chelsea’s story, told in her own words with lighthearted candor, poignant anecdotes, and hard-hitting transparency. Her honest, sometimes raw first-person account of her travels with leave you laughing, crying, and wanting to question life’s deepest meaning for yourself.”

If you want to know what I really think of this book: Check out my blogs about writing. Go to the main menu above, locate the “blog” section, and read through the “writing” category.