Questions for This Blessed Earth
- As people who live and perhaps work in essentially suburban, or urban, places, what has been the mental and emotional effect of reading this book about farming and the farm culture which is so apparently different from a lot of our life experience.
- What one or two aspects of the farmer’s life and livelihood as described in the book made the most memorable and informative impression on you.
- How do the farmers decide when to “quit” raising crops or life stock?
- How do they continue to work when huge companies are cheating them and making them use their products to raise their crops and animals and taking out enormous loans?
- Does working on farms cause families to argue, feel helpless or overburdened?
- Has this book had any impact on your grocery shopping, i.e. are you moved to buy locally grown food when available and food grown in the US?
Though the book is written as informative regarding a secular aspect of human life, for those who wish to see it, are there any spiritual implications to be found in the book, such as any change of views about the planet earth given to us by God; the challenges of raw nature in farming and survival in human history going back through the centuries and millennia; thinking of the parables of Jesus about farmers and harvesting, though farming is quite remote to modern suburbanites, it was clearly a major component of life in ancient times. Have we lost something, or gained something in our modern era, and how does that bode for the future?
- Why did the author begin the narrative in harvest season, instead of in the spring planting season?
Books That We Have Read to Date
|Laura Hillenbrand||Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption||9781400064168|
|Toni Morrison||The Bluest Eye||9780452287068|
|Michael Ondaatje||The Cat’s Table||9780224093613|
|Amy Rowland||The Transcriptionist||9781616202545|
|Helen Wan||The Partner Track||9781250019578|
|Daniel James Brown||The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics||9780670025817|
|Marilynne Robinson||Gilead (Gilead, #1)||9780312424404|
|Nabeel Qureshi||Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity||9780310515029|
|Claudia Rankine||Citizen: An American Lyric||9781555976903|
|David McCullough||The Wright Brothers||9781476728742|
|Daniel Taylor||Death Comes for the Deconstructionist||9781625649317|
|Brian Doyle||Mink River||9780870715853|
|Ryszard Kapuściński||The Shadow of the Sun||9780679779070|
|Anthony Doerr||All the Light We Cannot See||9781476746586|