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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 20 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 listeners 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.”

©2018 Rory Feek (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

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Rory, Your story telling and writing abilities are amazing! Your insight and words of wisdom and knowledge have helped me. I want to Thank you for that. I can’t wait until the next book comes out! Your voice is captivating! You should narrate other books and documentaries. God Bless you and your beautiful daughters and family.

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Truly inspiring

I love country music and there are a lot of performers and song writers that I respect a whole lot. I have read several books about Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Pardon, and Waylon Jennings. Still out of all the artist in country music Joey and Rory are my favorite. It guess this is because of the simple approach to life and the music that I really admire. This book is more like a blog with several entries, but I absolutely love it just like I loved Rory’s first book. It isn’t just good. It is inspiring. It helps me make sense of the suffering and paints of beautiful picture out of hardships. I feel me and Rory have a lot in common being about the same age, both Marines, and both coming up in a broken home. I love his approach to life and his openness in revealing. His story renews my faith in God more than anything else. It is a reminder that joy can be found in sorrow and meaning through tragedy. This is one of my favorite books of all times. I so badly wish I could meet this man and just enjoy an afternoon talking.

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loved it.... very honest and with love. his story

very honest and read with love..... his story telling is impeccable and with lots of feeling.

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Once Upon A Farm

I really enjoyed this book and getting to know more personally the life of the this family. The book was written with such love. I enjoyed Rory narrating the book as well. He has such a gentle, sweet voice.

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You won’t be disappointed.

I cried, I laughed, I questioned my actions as a father and husband. Rory does a great job painting a picture of what life is like on a farm and what it truly means to be loyal to your family and most importantly, God.

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Loved it!

I love that Rory narrates his books himself. There is something about his voice that is so calming. Congrats to Hopie, I know Papa is going to give her a beautiful wedding. We love you and all your girls Rory.

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Beautifully raw and heartwarming!

Rory so beautifully describes every day moments in his life with his family and his memories of how they got to where they are today. Rory narrates this audiobook with his kind voice and genuine love that I feel somehow connected to Rory. I too have lost someone in the same manner as he did......and have felt the depth of a persons love, just as he did. It’s a beautiful thing to share that I’m not sure everyone has experienced. This book so many cords with me in my own life and my own ways, that it feels as if I wrote much of I myself.......a heartwarming story of an ordinary life, told by an extraordinary man! I can’t recommend it enough! Thank you Rory and God Bless.

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Once upon a farm

I LOVE this book just as much as the first one the love story they share and how brutally honest about it... their children and how above all they choose love!! Well done every word!!!💚🐸

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Rory writes from the heart, he tells it as he sees it.
He draws you into the book so your there with him, i have really enjoyed listening to this latest book.