Life on the Family Farm: Under an Open Heaven is a positive and challenging look at farm life. Tom Heck’s writing comes across as if he were sitting across the table telling about the latest excitement at his house. You don’t have to know about farming to enjoy this book; it’s not full of big words or any lingo that only farmers know. He matter-of-factly talks about good times as well as storms, trials, sickness, and even death of animals while keeping his faith that God answers prayer and will always help us.
The book is 76 short stories with a Biblical challenge in each one. He originally wrote them as newspaper columns and they spread across America. Readers that love his column asked for a book and here it is! It is easy to pick it up for a quick break, read one or two stories, and go on your way.
I am challenged by the way that he takes something that goes wrong on the farm and finds something to be thankful for about it. Anyone that has spent any time around a farm knows that it is a lot of hard work, but in this book Tom’s joy of farming comes through every story.
I plan to read this out loud with my children because I’m sure they will enjoy the stories about all the different animals and machinery as well as understand the many Biblical challenges to stay close to God.
Here is some backcover copy:
“You are the most God-gifted writer I’ve ever had,” Tom’s college professor told him. However, Tom quit college; his love of farming drew him back to the farm. Thirty years later, Tom picked up the pen again, drawing readers into farming adventures with him. In these exciting and uplifting true stories, he shares his love of farming, family, and God. His unique writing style brings the reader right alongside him and his family as they work on their northern Wisconsin dairy farm.
Tom’s stories have spread like wildfire from his hometown newspaper to papers across America. Readers tell him, “Please don’t quit writing.” Others ask him, “When are you going to make it a book?” Due to popular demand here it is.
From quotes like “Dad, I really enjoyed fixing that with you” to “She’s a dead cow don’t call me anymore,” these engaging stories will keep you turning the pages to read one story, then another. As you do, you will be blessed as so many others have been.
Come, read, and enjoy our farm life with us.
About the Author
Tom Heck, his wife Joanne, and their two children, Catherine and Joshua, own and operate a thirty-five cow, 159-acre dairy farm in northwestern Wisconsin. Tom, having been raised on a dairy farm and now owning his own, shares with his readers the many joys, triumphs and challenges of having a small family farm in the northwoods.
You can find more information at the author’s site and read some of his stories there. Published by Life Sentence Publishing. This book was sent to me for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.