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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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Touching

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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  • BB
  • 10-22-18

All Families.......Have Stuff

Never read anything like this one. It’s real, it’s Life. There Is No Perfect. We Live each day an find No one is Promised tomorrows. Work with what u have. An Love 1 another thru All Life’s piercing arrows that may come. We try to fill our happiness with Stuff. But it’s the People we Live with who Will Live Forever!!!

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Absolutely wonderful!! Loved it! Rory is great ☺

I loved hearing Rory read along with me. He has a very soothing voice. I continue to read it over and over...both books.

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Rory is the best story teller.

enjoyed it. cried so many tears, happy and sad. he brings out so many emotions with his stories and words. his voice really brings the book to life.

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very good book and storyp

in 24 hrs .... finished it...front to back. loved it!
highly recommend. rory feek is a great story teller.

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  • Nicolee
  • Shoreham, VT, United States
  • 08-15-18

Inspirational

I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. Rory’s honest, heartfelt words are an inspiration.

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Rory makes you feel his story

loved it, very honest and revealing, even when it's a tough issue. thanks for your honesty Rory

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Beautiful story. Loved that Rory read it.

So honest and raw. It’s incredible that Rory can bare so much given all they’ve been through. A beautiful story.

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Love it!

I love all of Rory's books he is a great Author and story teller. He writes from the heart which is refreshing even in tragedy. 5 stars always!

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  • rosie
  • 06-20-18

Once Upon a Farm

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.