“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.” Jane Kirkpatrick
- Bestseller List, 1991, Christian Booksellers Association (CBA)
- Word Book Guild Choice, 1992, Word Publishers
“Homestead is one of my all-time favorite works of nonfiction. It literally makes me laugh and cry. Jane’s experiences amaze me, her gift of writing inspires me, and the way she lives her life gives me real courage to face the challenges in my own. Homestead is a must-read for anyone who wants to embrace the realities and rewards of a well-lived life. Well done, Jane!” —Melody Carlson, author of Crystal Lies and Finding Alice
“Homestead is a moving adventure story of modern pioneers, full of courage, hard work, tender moments, and life-changing experiences.”—Barbara Jenkins, co-author of The Walk West and The Road Unseen
“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
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