Change and Cherish

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 58 ratings

Clearing in the Wild Publisher's Summary

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 tongue - and often doesn't even try to do so, fueling the animosity between her and the colony'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 "the last days."

Christian believes they've found the ideal situation in Washington territory, but when Keil arrives with the rest of the community, he rejects Christian'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 refuge for her wounded faith, she learns that her passionate nature can be her greatest strength - if she can harness it effectively.

©2006 Jane Kirkpatrick; (P)2008 christianaudio.com
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  • Book 1

    • Clearing in the Wild

    • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a clearing in the wild

    • By katie on 07-21-09

    Regular price: $20.29

  • Book 2

    • Tendering in the Storm

    • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    In Book Two of the Change and Cherish series, Emma Giesy is married and the mother of two. She's strong-willed and smart. Despite the odds, she and her husband branch off from a religious community of the 1850s to work and live independently in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory, surrounded by her husband's family rather than the influence of the autocratic German leader who has taken the main colony into Oregon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • definitely not a disappointing story

    • By Mrs Dewey Smith on 06-17-17

    Regular price: $20.29

  • Book 3

    • Mending at the Edge

    • A Novel
    • By: Jane Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Based on the life of German-American Emma Wagner Giesy, the only woman sent to the Oregon Territory in the 1850's to help found a communal society, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick shows how landscape, relationships, spirituality, and artistry poignantly reflect a woman's desire to weave a unique and meaningful legacy from the threads of an ordinary life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Refreshing!

    • By Kathy on 07-19-15

    Regular price: $20.29