• The Great Blue Hills of God

  • A Story of Facing Loss, Finding Peace, and Learning the True Meaning of Home
  • By: Kreis Beall
  • Narrated by: Reagan Boggs
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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The Great Blue Hills of God

By: Kreis Beall
Narrated by: Reagan Boggs
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Publisher's summary

The creative force behind Blackberry Farm, Tennessee’s award-winning farm-to-table resort, reveals how she found herself only after losing everything in this powerful memoir of resilience.

"I couldn’t put down this wise, honest, beautifully written story." (Shauna Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of Present Over Perfect and Bread & Wine)

Born with the gift of hospitality, Kreis Beall helped create one of the nation’s most renowned resort destinations, Blackberry Farm, in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain foothills. For decades, she was a fixture in the travel and entertaining world and frequently appeared in the pages of popular home and design magazines. But at the pinnacle of her success, Kreis faced a series of challenges that reframed her life, including a brain injury that permanently impaired her hearing and the conclusion of her 36-year marriage to her best friend and business partner, Sandy Beall.

Alone and uncertain as her world shifts and marriage ends, Kreis begins a new journey to find her faith and find God. After spending years on her beautiful exterior life and work, she begins the hardest undertaking of all: reclaiming and redesigning her interior life and soul.

Kreis retreats to Blackberry Farm, moving into an unassuming, 300-square-foot shed with peeling paint on the exterior walls, "where I met myself for the first time." She examines what it takes to redefine life after deep loss and acknowledges, for the first time, often unbearable truths that existed beneath the beauty she had created.

By turns fiercely honest, heartbreaking, and warm, Kreis Beall’s story will resonate with anyone who can benefit from her discovery that "All it takes is all you’ve got. And it is worth it."

©2020 Kreis Beall (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"A homeless friend once told me that ‘rock bottom’ was a solid foundation to build upon. Beall’s perfectly designed and beautiful Tennessee mountain top life was the envy of many. It was unimaginable that such an elegant, well- known Southern belle would one day be staring at rock bottom from the deep, dark valley of loss and unspeakable tragedy. With grit, atypical honesty, and God as her architect, Beall tells an epic Southern story of rebirth that soars to great heights." (Ron Hall, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Same Kind of Different as Me)

"Grounded in humility, this heartfelt memoir of love, loss, and healing is a joy to read. You will laugh and cry with Beall as she acknowledges her truth, finds God, and discovers the peace of home within." (Jenny Sanford McKay, author of Staying True)

"Follow this writer along a switchback path, through the foothills that skirt the Great Smoky Mountains. Here is what grace and faith make possible, here is what honesty in the face of tragedy yields." (John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers)

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Wonderful Memoir

I enjoyed every moment of the reading of this book. I have always loved Blackberry Farm and this was an incredible look inside the makings of such a special place. Having grown up in Knoxville and frequenting Hilton Head in my youth, I was familiar with many of the settings of this beautiful story, the unfolding of the story of Kris Beall’s life. I, too, love having a family and making a home and all that entails. This story was so honest and real that the reader could instantly connect with Kris. This was truly a story of redemption and of a person finding God through trials and sorrow but being comforted and loved by those He places in our lives. I have recommended this to many women in my life whom I love (and also to my husband). Thank you for sharing this treasure.

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Excellent

Could not stop listening. The author’s narration is amazing, the book even more than that.

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God before all.

What a beautiful telling of her life's story. May God continue to be with you.

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Death of her son

Early part of the book she seemed shallow but after her accident, divorce, and death of her son she turned to God and found herself. I was crying at the end.

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Beauty from ashes

I enjoyed listening to the audio version and would highly recommend. Puts living life into a proper perspective.

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Beautiful

Just a beautiful story of Gods love and finding peace. I cried. I laughed but mostly I related to the story. Incredible.

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Compelling, warm and heartbreaking story. The narrator’s voice was perfect for I envision the spirit of this true lady and Southern Beall to be.

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This book will resonate deeply within you.

The life story of Kreis Beall is one that we all can relate to; not so much the fame and wealth, but the real life events that mold and shape us, regardless of socioeconomic status. I highly recommend this book to any woman who has had difficulty in her life, and who has realized the presence and love of God through the difficulty.

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Grace of God

Beautiful! Real! Joyful! Heartbreaking! Truly a loving story of truth. Made me want to love God even more!

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What an incredible gift

I’m so thankful Kreis Beall shared this beautiful, personal gift with the world. Her strength and love has been very inspirational, and I feel richer having experienced her story.

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