Monday, April 27, 2009

Wrap yourself in a fantastic journey,
a remarkable commitment, and a spare and splendid story

Master storyteller Jane Kirkpatrick extols the beautiful treasures, unknown to a wider public, rediscovered in the Old Aurora Colony of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The people and legacy of Aurora, a utopian community founded in the mid-1800s, will stir your imagination, hopes, and dreams; and remind you that every life matters—that our lives are the stories other people read first.


Unique and treasured quilt pattern variations
More than 100 photographs, many never-before published, from 1850 to today
Cherished stories from Aurora descendants
Rich images of fine crafts from the Aurora Colony and private collections
An introduction by renowned American artist John Houser

Aurora is about the difference every ordinary life can make—and a beautiful celebration of a time and place in which people expressed their most cherished beliefs through the work of their imagination and hands.

Author Bio:
Jane Kirkpatrick is a best-selling, award-winning author whose previous historical novels include All Together in One Place and Christy Award finalist A Tendering in the Storm. An international keynote speaker, she has earned regional and national recognition for her stories based on the lives of actual people, including the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Hall of Fame. Jane is a Wisconsin native who since 1974 has lived in Eastern Oregon, where she and her husband, Jerry, ranch 160 rugged acres.

A Flickering Light by Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick is an amazing woman who brings the lives and experiences of women to life with her fictional works based on real life women. In her new novel, A Flickering Light, she continues to draw the reader in to the life of her characters. I did not want to put this book down!!

A Flickering Light is an amazing book about a young girl and her coming-of-age while discovering her passions. Her first and foremost passion is photography. She loves to capture the pictures in nature and life that capture her mind. This leads her to finding a job in a photography studio where she can help her family financially and get the training she needs to maybe one day open her own studio. At this new job she finds another passion... she falls in love with a married man!! Will she chase her passion of photography or will her attraction to an attached man dash her dreams of becoming a photographer?

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The Noticer by Andy Andrews

The Noticer by Andy Andrews is an amazing, eye-opening book that will change your perspective on life.

Andy meets Jones at a time where he is at the lowest of lows in his life. His parents are dead; he is alone and lives under a pier on the beach and showers at the beach or swims himself clean. Andy works odd jobs to earn what little money he makes, and he can’t afford a car, a mortgage or rent payment or any of life’s other frivolities. Jones is a noticer that introduces Andy to a new perspective that changes his life forever.

Think with me here… Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you’ll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold. There is no growth on the top of a mountain. Sure, the view is great, but what’s a view for? A view just gives us a glimpse of our next destination—our next target. But to hit that target, we must come off the mountain, go through the valley, and begin to climb the next slope. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.” -- Jones

I believe that this book can and will make a difference in the life of anyone who reads it!! We all love the mountaintop experience… it’s amazing and we feel untouchable, but if we stay on the mountaintop we don’t eat, grow or learn. The Noticer is a life-changer! It was an easy read and easy to understand. Reading it twice isn’t a bad idea either… I want to go back through and take notes and I want to pass it on to others.

If your life seems at a standstill, pick up The Noticer and see if a change of perspective will help you out, because, “sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective.”

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