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Overview For three women united across time, a remote and rugged stretch of land in the Pacific Northwest proves to be a place where miracles really happen--and the gifts of faith, hope, and charity are as tangible as rocks, rivers, and earth.
Publishers Description Out of the Wilderness… Three Women. Three Eras. Three Miracles.
1901 Plagued by loneliness on the Big Muddy Ranch, a sheepherder's wife awaits the outcome of her husband's trial for murder. He is sentenced to life in prison–and she to life without him. But a startling event could redeem their pasts and transform their future.
1984 Against a backdrop of attempted murder, federal indictments, and the first case of bio-terrorism in the U.S., one woman seeks to rescue her granddaughter from within the elaborate compound of a cult that has claimed the land.
1997 On the much-reviled, abandoned cult site, one woman's skepticism turns to hope when she finds that what was meant to destroy can be used to rebuild–and in the process realizes a long-held dream.
For three women seekers united across time, a remote and rugged stretch of land in the Pacific Northwest proves to be a place where miracles really happen–and the gifts of faith, hope, and charity are as tangible as rocks, rivers, and earth.
Based on True Stories.
Congratulations to Jane Kirkpatrick for her 2006 Phoenix Desert Rose Golden Quill Finalists Award for A Land of Sheltered Promise!
“A Land of Sheltered Promise is historical Christian fiction at its best. The reader comes away with a clear vision of the land, of the people who occupied the land, and of a Supreme Being who ties it all together.” --The Historical Novels Review
"A story of inspiration and courage as only Kirkpatrick can write." --Roundup Magazine, Western Writers of America
“Classic Kirkpatrick…tightly written, honestly conceived and executed, deeply moving and exciting.” --The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon
"What does this Jewish reviewer derive from this and Kirkpatrick's previous novels? In people of all faiths or no apparent faith, growth begins with a desperate step in a new direction." --Harriet Rochlin, author of Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West
Jane Kirkpatrick is the best-selling author of two non-fiction books and ten historical novels including the award-winning A Name of Her Own, a finalist for the 2003 Oregon Book Awards, Every Fixed Star, and Hold Tight the Thread. Her novel A Sweetness to the Soul earned the Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage and National Cowboy Museum for the Outstanding Western Novel of 1995. She and her husband of twenty-eight years, Jerry, ranch in Eastern Oregon.
Like tufts of cottonwood seeds fluffed by winds beside a stream, the tiny dots of white nibbled over the purple hyacinth hills. My hills, Eva Cora Thompson thinks. Those are my hills. She hears a distant crying, raises her eyes to her father in question. “Sheep,” her father says and points to the white tufts. “Motherless lambs you're hearing. They make a mournful sound.” Eva leans forward, brushing her face against her father's woolen vest. He smells of whiskey and soap. Her mother's cool hand pats Eva's. A large bird whistles above them, dancing with the wind, its shadow a reminder that they aren't alone.
Eva shivers in the icy April breeze despite her sheltered position on the buckboard between her parents. Her father puts his arm around her mother's shoulders, tugging both her and Eva toward him. Chin raised in pride, he pronounces: “Those hills are where we'll make our mark in this grand landscape. The land will help us do that, Cora,” her father says. “The land and that Muddy Creek that cuts it and the John Day River that furls like a ribbon along it.”
He slaps the reins against the mules' backs, and the wagon totters down the stage road into the valley below. Eva smells the glycerin her mother presses against her lips before running the pasty gel over Eva's. “The air's so dry,” her mother complains. Eva hasn't noticed. So much to see, to hear, to feel.
“Who's that?” Eva asks. Her father pulls up the reins and stops.
“Good eyes,” he says. “Looks like root diggers. Hahn said the Indians move through here. It's that time of year. We'll have to find out which roots are edible. Supplement our supper.”
“Wild roots?” Eva's mother asks. “Is that safe?”
“They're eating them. First fruits of the land.” He smacks his lips to urge the mules on, and the wagon rolls closer to the small gathering.
An old brown woman with a colorful neckerchief wrapped around her head straightens at their approach. She leans against a stick. Each or her children holds a small stick too.
“So many children,” Eva's mother whispers. Eva counts: one, two, three, five, seven.
“Hahn says when a parent dies of consumption or meets some other untimely death, aunties and uncles and grandparents fluff the Indian children under their wings.”
“I guess they never have any orphans that way.”
Her father taps his fingers to his hat. “Morning.”
The woman clusters the children around her like a hen her chicks. “Looks like a good morning for digging,” her father says.
The woman hesitates, then opens up her waist bag. She pulls out stringy-looking roots and offers a handful, open palm, to Eva.
“Go ahead,” her father says when Eva looks up at him. “It's a gift of the earth.”
Eva takes the roots. She watches the eyes of the children. She looks at the shining faces of her parents. Here are friends and food and family in the shadow of purple hills. She's never felt so safe or loved.
It is not a feeling that will last.
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Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of many novels, including "A Flickering Light". She is a frequent speaker at conferences and lives in Oregon.
In The Author's Own Words...
If you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at www.jkbooks.com and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!
One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.
Jane Kirkpatrick currently resides in Bend, in the state of Oregon. Jane Kirkpatrick was born in 1946.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Land of Sheltered Promise?
A Land of Sheltered Promise: Faith/Hope/Charity Jul 26, 2007
Having grown up in the Central Oregon area, I could relate to a lot of the images that the book conjured. I remember seeing the red-clothed followers on the streets of Bend as a teenager. I enjoy Jane Kirkpatrick's books and would recommend this to anyone who is a fan.
A slight change of pace Sep 7, 2005
This is somewhat of a change of pace for Kirkpatrick in that she is mixing characters from the early 1900's then jumping into characters we are all familiar with in more recent years. It is a fascinating book and as always, Kirkpatrick does a wonderful job. I did not want to put it down.
A Land of Sheltered Promise Aug 2, 2005
This is a wonderful book centered around a place in North- central Oregon where the Rashneesee were, that covers three generations of people who lived there. The author always does a lot of reserch before she writes a book, using diaries and any information she can get and it makes the books come alive for the reader. It is a wonderful story of faith, endurance, and determination.
Appealing, Authentic Characters and the Early West Jun 3, 2005
Jane Kirkpatrick again has succeeded in bringing to life not only appealing, authentic characters but also portions of the early west itself. With the Big Muddy Ranch in southern Oregon as the setting, she presents three separate stories that span one hundred years, from 1897 to 1997. In each story a woman of faith demonstrates unique courage and strength that is rewarded with hope, miracles, redemption and love.
In Part One Eva Cora Thompson Bruner gets her first delighted glimpse of the Big Muddy Ranch when she is merely four years old. Eva's youthful joy is short-lived. Her father kills a man and gets life, and her mother relinquishes hers to despair. Soon Eva finds herself being raised by her aunt and uncle. But her love for them and the Big Muddy grows, and at age 17 she falls in love with D.L. Bruner and becomes his child bride. Yet, once again, her joy is snatched away as Dee is accused of murder and seems destined for the same fate as her father. Eva is determined, however, not to follow the steps of her mother and is blessed with an inner strength that carries her through betrayals and the ordeals of his trial. She demonstrates her faith by setting up a homestead near the Big Muddy and prays for a miracle that will return her husband to her and their baby girl.
Part Two brings Cora Swenson to the Big Muddy. She is the daughter of a woman who had been close friends with Eva's grandmother. The year is now 1984 and the Muddy has been taken over by the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers. While purporting to be a mystic sect based on "oneness, obedience to the One, and the forsaking of individuality, including earthly goods," it is actually a cult designed by shrewd lawyers to bilk the rich and foolish out of enough money to support the Bhagwan, his 90 Rolls-Royces, and his team of fawning sycophants. Ultimately, a scandal caused by cult members who engineered a bio-terrorist attack ends the Bhagwan's reign, but many of the Sannyasins stay on and await his return, a testimony to the thoroughness of his indoctrination.
For those who remember the headlines during that time, Kirkpatrick provides a grim reminder of life on the Big Muddy under the Bhagwan's leadership. Where sexual freedom always trumped decorum. Where the faithful worked like slaves and their children were left to wander around, attended by all but cared for by no one. It is one of these children, her granddaughter Charity, whom Cora Swenson hopes to rescue from the ranch.
Part Three returns us to the Big Muddy Ranch in 1997 after it has been abandoned by the last of the Sannyasins and is now part of a land parcel that the Washington family wants to donate to Young Life, a non-denominational youth organization that serves teens. The conversion of this rugged, untamed land into a Camp for kids that promises them "the best week of your life" is both touching and telling as Kirkpatrick deftly parallels the conversion of the Big Muddy with the conversion of a skeptical sociology grad student. When Jill Hartley allows her love for husband Tom to nudge her toward faith, she begins to experience the love and miracles of God. Her questions and doubts are met with kindness and gentleness from those involved in this project of reclamation, and she soon finds herself caught up in the reality of a new life in Christ.
Just as there is a special place in Heaven for those who practice the tenets of God, I believe there is a special place in Hell for those who hurt their fellows in the name of God. Jane Kirkpatrick has an extraordinary talent for compelling us to explore our beliefs while telling a whopping good tale.
--- Reviewed by Maggie Harding
A Land Redeemed May 5, 2005
Once again Jane Kirkpatrick does not disappoint with her new book A Land of Sheltered promise. What a beautiful picture of God's redemption! How He can make something bright and beautiful out of something so tarnished. I wasn't too sure how much I wanted to read about the Rajneesh again. Living here in Oregon and reading about all their exploits in the newspaper at the time was enough to last a life time. Her story line of Cora, Razi and Charity made it palatable. After reading about that period of time and then reading about the redemption of the land through all of God's miracles was like a welcome spring of cool water in a dry desert! Her book is truly a wonderful picture of God's fulfilling of prayer requests and making something good for His people out of something so broken and abandoned. This is a book to add to your collection of books by this talented and caring author, Jane Kirkpatrick.