The Turkey Shack: A Journey to Love

The Turkey Shack: A Journey to Love

by Dave Snyder
The Turkey Shack: A Journey to Love

The Turkey Shack: A Journey to Love

by Dave Snyder


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How did a farmer come to create a spiritual sanctuary?

This book is the story behind the creation of Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary on a ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. An unlikely story that begins in a tin shed called the Turkey Shack.


Author's Preface:

I'm a guy who wears Carhartt jeans, with pliers in the pocket. I also was the CEO of a $65 million agribusiness and the Executive Director of a $100 million-plus science research laboratory during its startup. Along the way I had spiritual experiences that mystified me. I didn't shave my head, don robes or join an ashram. My life continued, but it was changed.

In 2010, I created Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary on my ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Based on my history, you might think I'm an unlikely person to create a spiritual sanctuary, so let me tell you up front what I am not. I am not a guru. I am not a psychologist, philosopher, theologian or a person with a degree in any field that would seem relevant to spirituality. I do have bachelor's and master's degrees, but in agricultural economics. I remain the guy in Carhartts, a Nebraska farm kid, who happened to have some extraordinary experiences that allowed me to see a new world of love, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness.

This book is the story of that journey--a story that begins in a tin shed called the Turkey Shack.

Dave Snyder


Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692122303
Publisher: David W Snyder
Publication date: 06/15/2018
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 767,534
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dave Snyder grew up on a family farm in southeast Nebraska and had a career in production agriculture. He moved to South Dakota in 1980 where he and his partner continued their farming operations in the states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Colorado. In 2000 Dave retired to a small ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In 2010 he built Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary on a portion of that ranch where he and his wife Jan reside.

Table of Contents



Dave’s Story – The Turkey Shack 1954. 3

Wayne’s Story – Harvest 1946. 7

The Alpine Ranch 1993. 13

Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary 2010. 19

The Pilger Years 1946–1953. 23

Back to the Future 1953. 27

Becoming a Farmer 1954. 31

Home Alone 1957. 35

Truck Driving 1957-1958. 39

The Night in the Manger 1958. 43

I Can Take Care of Myself 1962. 47

The Calf is Weaned 1963. 51

Grandma’s Wisdom 1973. 55

A Business Born in a Blizzard 1976. 59

Crying on the Tractor 1979. 65

South Dakota and Divorce 1980–1993. 69


You Are Loved 1994. 77

Confusion 1994. 81

The Awakening 1994–1995. 87

Prior Voices and Intercessions 1980s 93

Back to School 1993–1995. 99

The Challenge of the Forest 1995. 105

Now I Am Crazy! 1995. 111

We Are a People Company 1989–2000. 113

The End of D & D Farms 2000. 119

The Journey Continues 2001. 125

The Last Dot 2009. 133

The Gate is Open 2010. 139

A Journey to Love 2017. 157

Epilogue. 165

Acknowledgments 169

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