Grace Book Club Information

Questions for This Blessed Earth

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. How do the farmers decide when to “quit” raising crops or life stock?
  4. 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?
  5. Does working on farms cause families to argue, feel helpless or overburdened?
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. Why did the author begin the narrative in harvest season, instead of in the spring planting season?

Books That We Have Read to Date

Author Title ISBN
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
Ann Patchett Commonwealth 9780062491794
Ryszard Kapuściński The Shadow of the Sun 9780679779070
Anthony Doerr All the Light We Cannot See 9781476746586

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