A Clearing in the Wild

A Clearing in the Wild

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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 tonguea€“and often doesna€™t even try to do so, fueling the animosity between her and the colonya€™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 a€œthe last days.a€ Christian believes theya€™ve found the ideal situation in Washington territory, but when Keil arrives with the rest of the community, he rejects Christiana€™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 strengtha€“if she can harness it effectively. From the Trade Paperback edition.Christian scrambles to repair the torn canvas first, shoving me and Andy toward the back of the lean-to. I lay with my body arched over my son, oddly able to see Christian working frantically as the ice begins to melt and turns to torrents of wateranbsp;...

Title:A Clearing in the Wild
Author:Jane Kirkpatrick
Publisher:WaterBrook Press - 2009-02-04


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