A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt

A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt

by Kyle T. Kramer, Bill McKibben

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Writer, teacher, and farmer Kyle T. Kramer presents the honest, humorous, and uplifting story of coming to know God and himself and beginning to understand life as prayer in A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt. For Kramer, this came about through rejecting consumerism, creating an organic farm, and raising a family in rural southern Indiana.

In his moving debut book, America columnist Kyle Kramer recounts the sometimes-gritty story of how he came to experience the joys of real community through a journey of honest reckoning with his own ambitions. For Kramer, this story involves lots of dirt.

In the summer of 1999, Kramer, an earnest and high-achieving private school teacher in Atlanta, decided to forgo a promising academic career. Instead, he heeded the voices of the unlikely prophets in his life and purchased a block of hardscrabble land in southern Indiana in order to start a small farm. Tending it back to health—one difficult lesson at a time—Kramer founded Genesis Organic Farm, built a self-sustaining and environmentally friendly home, and began to fully embrace the Benedictine traditions of physical labor, prayer, and hospitality. A Time to Plant is a deeply human story of one man’s attempt to make simple living a reality as a spiritual discipline for himself, as a model for his children, and for the good of creation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933495347
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 253 KB

About the Author

Kyle T. Kramer is the executive director of the nonprofit Passionist Earth & Spirit Center, which offers interfaith educational programming in meditation, ecology, and compassion. Educated at Indiana University, the Universitat Hamburg (Germany), and Emory University, he is the former director of graduate theology programs and spiritual formation for Saint Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery and school of theology.

Kramer and his family spent fifteen years as organic farmers and homesteaders in Spencer County, Indiana. He serves as a Catholic climate ambassador for the USCCB-sponsored Catholic Climate Covenant and is a columnist for St. Anthony Messenger. He previously served as a columnist and essayist for America magazine. Kramer speaks across the country on issues of ecology and spirituality.
Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming and alternative energy and advocates for more localized economies. In 2010 the Boston Globe called him "probably the nation's leading environmentalist" and Time magazine described him as "the world's best green journalist. He is the author of many books, including Deep Economy, The Age of Missing Information, and The End of Nature. He currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie, in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College.

Table of Contents

Foreword Bill McKibben xi

Introduction 1

Part 1

Chapter 1 Coming Home 13

Chapter 2 Settling In 39

Chapter 3 Loneliness and Love 61

Chapter 4 Building Home 79

Part 2

Chapter 5 Farming and Food 103

Chapter 6 Children at Play 121

Chapter 7 Open Home, Open Heart: Hospitality and Belonging 133

Chapter 8 Simplicity, Sacrifice, and the Struggle to Stay Put 145

Conclusion: Home-Grown Hope 161

Acknowledgments 171

Notes 175

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