Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal

Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal

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by Kline
     
 

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Reading Great Possessions is like taking a walk around David Kline's Amish farm with him in every season. Through his simple, elegant prose, Kline conveys the joy and splendor of not only observing the natural world on his small farm, but of actually participating in nature's perennial cycle. Kline and his family and brethren go beyond simply coexisting with nature;

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Reading Great Possessions is like taking a walk around David Kline's Amish farm with him in every season. Through his simple, elegant prose, Kline conveys the joy and splendor of not only observing the natural world on his small farm, but of actually participating in nature's perennial cycle. Kline and his family and brethren go beyond simply coexisting with nature; they become stewards, shepherds, and ultimately advocates for the gracefulness of working the land.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Amish farmer Kline describes his family, his labors and everyday life on his 70-acre southern Ohio farm. ``His reverence for nature and his deep religious faith are palpable, and he argues convincingly for the `small-scale diversified farming' of the Amish, which ultimately gives back to the earth more than it takes,'' said PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Combining the foresight of John Muir, the poetry of Henry David Thoreau, and the artistry of John James Audubon, Kline blends the hues of old-world Amish farm life to paint a canvas colored with the great horned owl, black-tailed grackle, and blue heron beneath a winter's wolf moon. Spring brings ploughing and planting amidst budding apple, ash, and sugar maple; the burble of bull toads; the trill of the whippoorwill; and the tickle of toothwort, thistle, and thyme. Summer draws marsh ducks, woodchucks, and young bucks to the sun-drenched cornhusks, while fall closes the circle with the tawny tints of turning leaves and the fine-honed axe of the woodcutter. A fine hearthside read for nature lovers.-- Mikey Scott, Torrey Pines High Sch., Del Mar, Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865474055
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Pages:
224

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Great Possessions; An Amish Farmer's Journal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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The professional reviewers have said what I'd like to say and they say it better. I would simply say that for wonderful curl up by the fire, or rainy day reading, this book is a peaceful walk through the seasons. It is 'real' and unpretentious. Beautifuly written.