Homestead (2005, 2014)
“We were old enough to know better, yet still young enough to dream.” I wrote those words in 1984 as we prepared to leave suburbia and move to 160 acres of rattlesnake and rock along Oregon’s wild and scenic John Day River. While my husband, Jerry, had long hoped to make this transition to the land, I struggled with the leap of faith. My skills as a mental health professional would have little place on property seven miles from the mailbox and eleven miles from a paved road. For nearly five years, I resisted the move. But one day when I asked, “What will I do there?” a still, small voice said, “Trust. Go to the land and write.”
Praise for Jane Kirkpatrick's Homestead
"Homestead is a rich, compelling story that combines the spirit of adventure with the warmth and humor of a James Herriot tale.... It's an uplifting testimony to love, hope, family, friends and faith."
--Oregon Historical Quarterly
The book was well written with enough action and personal perspective to keep a reader interested. One cannot help but feel Jane’s concerns as she watches her husband’s vehicle slip desperately close to a cliff edge, as she tries to reach out in the best way she knows how while feeling so inadequate. It isn’t within herself or her husband that Mrs. Kirkpatrick finds the strength to carry on. That’s the kind of strength she only finds in Christ.
Broken into four parts, the book reads quickly and leaves the reader feeling rejuvenated and wondering, “How on earth did these two manage to do this?” Homestead is a book that challenges while it encourages. It challenges the reader to grasp every day and turn it into something memorable; it encourages to keep eyes focused on the dream, whatever it may be, even when getting to it is tough. This is a good and memorable book for all ages.
– Lauren Steigerwald, Christian Book Previews.com