Book Review – Once Upon a Farm

August 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Adult Book Reviews

 Book Title:  Once Upon A Farm

Author:  Rory Feek

Published by:  Thomas Nelson

Amazon info:

National Bestseller

Sometimes it’s not only what we plant but where we’re planted.

Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.

When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land . . . and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way.

Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith.

A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way.

As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences.

“This isn’t a how-to book; it’s more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.”

My rating: 3.5 stars

My review:

I only heard of Rory and Joey about 6 months before their decision to stop any more treatment. I was touched by their story and have occasionally watched as Rory has continued on in live with his sweet little one and without Joey. This book is very raw and honest at some points. And while I can’t agree with how he may be approaching some things in his life, I commend him for not just hiding behind his fame and ignoring the yuck of things he can’t control to get books sold. I do wonder if he’ll later regret his openness.

He’s a great storyteller and has an interesting story to tell. That said, I don’t know that I’d recommend running out and buying this book – even if you’re a fan. Most fans probably know most of this information from interviews, his blog, etc.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.

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