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Homestead: Modern Pioneers Pursuing the Edge of Possibility

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Joining her husband in the fight to create a home out of a rugged stretch of sagebrush, rattlesnakes, and sand in eastern Oregon, Jane Kirkpatrick uneasily relinquishes the security of a professional career; the convenience of electricity, running water, and a phone line; and, perhaps most daunting, the pleasures of sporting a professional manicure. But the pull of the land is irresistible, and they dream of gathering their first harvest from a yet-to-be-planted vineyard.

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Joining her husband in the fight to create a home out of a rugged stretch of sagebrush, rattlesnakes, and sand in eastern Oregon, Jane Kirkpatrick uneasily relinquishes the security of a professional career; the convenience of electricity, running water, and a phone line; and, perhaps most daunting, the pleasures of sporting a professional manicure. But the pull of the land is irresistible, and they dream of gathering their first harvest from a yet-to-be-planted vineyard.

Rather than the simple life they had envisioned, Jane and Jerry find themselves confronting flood and fire, government bureaucracies, and runaway calves, among other disheartening setbacks. Jane frequently questions the sanity of pioneering in this remote area, known as Starvation Point, and she fights against panic with each trip down the seven-mile, boulder-strewn, rut-carved "driveway" she calls "the reptile road," which threatens to spill them into the ravine with every lurch of the truck.

But as she learns to navigate her new life, this novice rancher discovers that disappointment, isolation, and danger can't compete with the generosity of their rural community, the strength of family bonds, and the faithfulness of the God who planted in their hearts the dream of carving a refuge out of an inhospitable land.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400070619
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/18/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,466,074
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the best-selling author of two nonfiction books and nine novels, including A Name of Her Own and the acclaimed Kinship and Courage series. Jane is a winner of the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center and National Cowboy Hall of Fame. A licensed clinical social worker as well as an inspirational retreat leader and speaker, she lives with her husband still on those 160 acres in eastern Oregon.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

    Great inspirational read!

    Can't wait to read other works of Janes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Interesting

    A good read for those looking at all sides and aspects of the homesteading life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    Don't pass this one by!

    Having read the 'All Together in One Place' trilogy, I was eager to read 'Homestead.' Jane Kirkpatrick does not disappoint. With all the elements of a good novel--humor, tragedy, romance, and a readable style--this is a true story for anyone who has considered modern day pioneering, and also for those who never have.

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