How does one move forward while also looking back? What is a life well lived? What constitutes freedom and are any of us truly free? In sparse, yet vivid prose, these short stories explore these... More > questions, setting readers in the interiors of characters’ minds and lives.
Whether a widow aims to recreate herself, a man tries to rebuild a life after jail, a woman considers leaving her marriage, or an artist deals with homelessness and the loss of family, all are influenced by the past while making decisions; all are impacted by the opinions of others; all look for a way forward through life.< Less
Although she grew up with parents in the music business, author Christen Shepherd held one lifelong dream--to live on a farm. After suffering a grand mal seizure, Shepherd finally took the steps... More > necessary to realize her childhood wish, and moved her family to a small hobby farm.
Shepherd candidly recounts her first two years of farm life, which is not entirely bucolic and relaxing. This vivid memoir weaves readers through the trials of realizing a dream in the hilarity of the unknown. Shepherd finds herself doing things she didn't anticipate, like milking a cat and catching a runaway llama. Shepherd learns to love each animal, and in doing so, comes to terms with the flawed aspects of herself.
Above all else, The Flawed Farm is a timely, true story of risking failure in order to pursue a dream, following ones heart, and about the peace that comes from truly becoming oneself.< Less
When Christen Shepherd adopted four children from foster care she jumped into the treacherous waters of raising traumatized children. Because of mammoth tantrums, explosive rages, destroyed rooms,... More > and unending grief, the Shepherds enlisted the help of a Child and Youth Counselor, Lisa Highfield.
The Promise is a raw and compelling memoir. It offers insight into the behaviours of adopted and foster children, gives hope to struggling families, and is a must-read for adoptive parents who are at a loss after bringing wounded children into the family.< Less