Monday, September 17, 2007

Clearing the Wild-Jane Kirkpatrick

My favorite type of book is the ones that weave history into the story, especially history about the early settlers or the Holocaust. This book is about the early settlers of Missouri who moved west due to their religious beliefs and persecution that they felt from the government. Emma, the heroine of sorts, questions their beliefs and discovers that although she questions the "church", she is greatly blessed by the people that she is with. You will really enjoy this book!

About the Book:

Emma Wagner seeks a singular voice in her 1850s religious community in Bethel, Missouri when she chafes at the constraints of a culture that values conformity over independent thought, especially in women.
Sent West with nine men challenged to secure land set apart from the world's distractions, this novel, inspired by historical events, follows one woman through her isolation from her community and the lessons learned in her spiritual journey.
In book one of this fact-filled fiction, Emma discovers what it truly means to serve--and to survive.

About the Author, Jane Kirkpatrick:

Jane grew up near Mondovi, Wisconsin, a little town not far from the Mississippi River. Her older sister Judy and younger brother Craig helped on the family dairy farm. Dozens of cousins lived within 50 miles providing the privilege of extended family memories. Most of the "Rutschow" clan remained in the Wisconsin-Minnesota area. Jane moved to Oregon in 1974 after completing her master's degree in social work. She worked in the disabilities field, became the director of the mental health program in Deschutes County and eventually "retired" from there to homestead and begin a new adventure in writing, working on the reservation, growing watermelons, and attempting to grow grapes, alfalfa and cattle.

The Kirkpatrick's new life has included "clearing sagebrush and wrestling wind and rattlesnakes" while "homesteading" land on the John Day River in a remote part of Oregon known locally as Starvation Point. She and her husband Jerry still live there today. "It's our 'rural 7-Eleven' since our home sits seven miles from the mailbox and eleven miles from the pavement" notes the author. Additionally, she currently works as a mental health and educational consultant on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon with both Native American and non-Indian communities.

To learn more about Jane and the other books that she has written, including the next one in this series, A Tendering in the Storm, visit

Smiles and Loves! Janis

1 comment:

Karen said...


Jane's real life sounds even more fascinating than her book. Can you imagine homesteading? Pretty gutsy.

Looking forward to the Lisa Bergren Blog Tour. Come by and visit me!


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