A Clearing in the Wild

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 4, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The first book in the Change and Cherish trilogy from the CBA bestseller and WILLA Literary Award Winner, Jane Kirkpatrick.

Young Emma Wagner chafes at the constraints of Bethel colony, an 1850s religious community in Missouri that is determined to remain untainted by the concerns of the world. A passionate and independent thinker, she resents the limitations placed on women, who are expected to serve in quiet submission. In a community where dissent of any form is discouraged, Emma finds it difficult to rein in her tongue--and often doesn’t even try to do so, fueling the animosity between her and the colony’s charismatic and increasingly autocratic leader, Wilhelm Keil.

Eventually Emma and her husband, Christian, are sent along with eight other men to scout out a new location in the northwest where the Bethelites can prepare to await “the last days.” Christian believes they’ve found the ideal situation in Washington territory, but when Keil arrives with the rest of the community, he rejects Christian’s choice in favor of moving to Oregon.

Emma pushes her husband to take this opportunity to break away from the group, but her longed-for influence brings unexpected consequences. As she seeks a refuge for her wounded faith, she learns that her passionate nature can be her greatest strength--if she can harness it effectively.


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A Clearing in the Wild

User Review  - tammy cook - Christianbook.com

In 1851 life at the Bethel Colony in Missouri was truly communal. All the money that was earned was used by everyone. Food was harvested and shared by the entire community. No one lacked for food ... Read full review

User Review  - sparky - Christianbook.com

I thought this was a wonderful book - good historical content. I was especially interested since I grew up in Oregon and know Portland and Aurora. I am looking forward to reading the other two in this series. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
18
Section 4
30
Section 5
43
Section 6
55
Section 7
67
Section 8
82
Section 20
206
Section 21
216
Section 22
228
Section 23
237
Section 24
253
Section 25
265
Section 26
276
Section 27
285

Section 9
92
Section 10
102
Section 11
112
Section 12
121
Section 13
132
Section 14
141
Section 15
150
Section 16
159
Section 17
170
Section 18
178
Section 19
192
Section 28
298
Section 29
313
Section 30
325
Section 31
341
Section 32
353
Section 33
356
Section 34
363
Section 35
366
Section 36
369
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Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning, best-selling author of more than twenty-five books, 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 on 160 acres in eastern Oregon. Visit Jane's website at www.jkbooks.com!


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