Beneath the Ancient Dust: Inspirational Stories from Nine Years in Afghanistan is a series of stories intertwined with personal reflections. The author highlights spiritual truth through her everyday encounters in an ancient culture while an international crisis is at its doorstep. Some of the highlighted stories are about the following: a treacherous road journey, a Buddhist monastery, drug smugglers, taxi-driving shepherds, encounters with warlords and suicide bombers, a foreign cemetery, Afghan weddings, the struggles of modern Afghan women, and being a chicken keeper.
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Melissa R. Meyers, with her husband and two children, lived in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2014, where she worked for an international aid organization. She is a Registered Nurse by profession and a writer and traveler at heart. She now works as a neonatal nurse and enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Jack. If she could she would live on coffee and chocolate. Most importantly she has a passion for others to know God and for them to live fully.