Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Once Upon a Farm - Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after his wife Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life, the unusual choices he and his wife made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.

A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm: Lessons On Growing Love, Life, And Hope On A New Frontier is filled with powerful stories of love, life, hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man has gleaned along the way.

About the Author:

Rory Feek is a New York Times Bestselling author, and GRAMMY-winning singer and songwriter. He is most well-known as one-half of Joey+Rory, a country music duo he began with his wife, Joey. The couple captured the hearts of many as Rory chronicled their love story, the birth of their daughter Indiana and Joey’s cancer battle on his blog, This Life I Live, as well as their preparation for her passing in March 2016 at age 40. Since, he’s released a documentary, To Joey, With Love and a memoir, This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever (Thomas Nelson). He has three daughters and lives on a farm south of Nashville with the youngest, four-year-old Indiana, where they garden vegetables, raise animals and live a simpler life.  

A few of the pages show photos of the author and his family, both past and present.

My Review:

I've never been familiar with Joey+Rory as the country music duo.  I rarely listen to that genre of music so I knew nothing of them.  Until....

One day I stumbled upon an article that spoke of Rory and Joey Feek's blog.  The article told of a couple who was going through so many moments and so many emotions as they prepared for the death of Joey who had terminal cancer.  I became intrigued and started paying more attention to articles related to the family, wanting to know how they were doing.  Joey ultimately died in March 2016.  

The story of the couple with an astounding love for each other and a great faith in God tugged at my heartstrings.  Further yet, they had a small child with Down Syndrome.  Rory Feek continues to live in the farmhouse he shared with Joey and their children, where he is busy raising Indiana, their daughter who has Down Syndrome, and where Joey has been laid to rest in the family cemetery on the farm that she loved.

Be ready to embark on a life then and a life now when you read Once Upon a Farm: Lessons On Growing Love, Life, And Hope On A New Frontier.  Author, Rory Feek, takes readers on a journey of his life as he continues to raise Indiana, and stories of experiences he had with Joey.  Rory also talks about his two older daughter, Hope and Heidi.  He exhibits great love to them, even if their lifestyle doesn't align with his.  The feelings are raw and tender, and the stories are heartfelt and inspirational.  Rory reminds us to keep strong in faith and turn to God regardless of what season of life we're in.






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50 comments:

Peggy said...

I am very familiar with their sad story.

Margaret said...

I have followed their sad story. Joey was so strong and courageous til the end.

Emily Reviews said...

I've known of joey & rory since their song 'that's important to me' was played on CMT a lot.

aperry said...

I am not aware of Rory Feek.

Darlene said...

I am not familiar with Rory Feek, and the story of his wife and daughter.

maryjaco1 said...

Yes I am very familiar. My husband and I met them when she was alive at CMA festival fan booth. We also watched their variety show on direct TV. They were s truly loving and warm couple.

marjorie takala said...

Sounds like a thought provoking book. Thanks for the.

slb3334 said...

I am slightly familiar with the story.

rockergoddess2002 said...

I know the story and it's sad.

Tracy Shafer

Jaynee Wins said...

I am only slightly aware of their story.

Jennifers Deals said...

I do not know their story, but they look vaguely familiar.

Julie Waldron said...

Yes, I'm familiar with them and their story.

Kim Avery said...

I'm familiar with their story. I remember watching the documentary and crying my eyes out!

scottsgal said...

Yes, I followed their blog through Joey's illness and still follow Rory today

Michele said...

I started following his blog maybe a year before the death of his wife. Their TV show was fun. His first book seemed to be a painfully introspective look at his life. I cried.

wen budro said...

I am familiar with the story. It was so sad when his wife died.

Leela said...

I've heard a little about it.

Sue Hull said...

Yes I followed them since they started singing.Joeys illness was so heartbreaking. I cried when she died.Watching her memorial service was beautiful & sad all at the same time.She was a beautiful soul.I'd love to own this book.I have his book This Life I Live.Thank you for the chance ☺

Marianna said...

I know a little bit about them but not much

Jana Leah B said...

I'm not familiar with their music, however I am familiar with their story.

Katrina Angele said...

I followed their story a few months before she passed. I went and listened to their music. It was such a sad and touching story.

Sparkles and Lattes said...

I followed their cancer journey and saw he wrote a book. Thank you for reviewing it.

Ken Ohl said...

I have heard of this tragic story but yet very inspiring also..

James Coyne said...

I'm not familiar with this story

Nicole C. said...

Yes, I am very familiar with their story.

Mrs Nobody said...

I am familiar with the story. So sad.

crystle tellerday said...

im am

Helga said...

I am not but sounds interesting!

Unknown said...

I am familiar with their story. It was heartbreaking when Joey passed.
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Susan Smoaks said...

i remember the wife dying. that's all i know about them.

desitheblonde said...

she will be missed by the groups she was a great singer
we used to go to festal and she sing with Rhonda Vinenct and they played at silver dollar city here in mo

Edye Nicole said...

Yes, I am aware!

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jeanne said...

Yes, I have followed Rory and Joey's story for a number of years....very moving beautiful life story...
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Kristen said...

Yes I have heard their story....would be interested to read this.

brendaelsner said...

I am familiar with their story. I would love to read this book!!

Kayla Klontz said...

I'm semi familiar with it, I'd like to know more though.

Laura said...

Yes, I am familiar with the family. I would be very excited to read this.

Buddy Garrett said...

I am familiar with their story.

Cassandra D. said...

Yes, I am familiar with their story.

Stephanie Larison said...

Yes I'm familiar with them and their story. I follow them on facebook.

Angela Saver said...

I am familiar Rory & Joey Feek and their sad story. I love their beautiful music and I would love to read Rory's book! Thanks for the chance!

bev said...

I loved Rory and Joey's music and it was so sad when their beautiful little daughter lost her mom to cancer. I hope she and her Dad can still have a great life together

Trisha McKee said...

I am familiar in terms of her illness and their strength and love during that ordeal. But I don't really know much about them separate from that.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I'm not familiar with them at all. But this book sounds so inspirational that I'd love to read it.

Sand said...

Yes, I'm familiar with them.

Stephanie said...

I have followed their story and I am a fan of their music. I would love the chance to read his new book.

Philip Lawrence said...

No, I am not familiar with their story.

lkw1974 said...

I am very familiar with him and his lovely wife and daughters. So sad about his wife passing.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I seem to recall reading something about him and this book on Goodreads, but I'm not sure. It sounds like a wonderful book as I really like memoirs. Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Sounds like a powerful book! It's nice when they add photos to a personal memoir.