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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Kirkpatrick Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/18/2014

    " it is based on a true story, so I felt like that alone made it pretty good. It took me a little while to get into it, but it really turned out pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Tilleman | 2/15/2014

    " I love pioneer books and this one was interesting to me because it is about the Pacific Northwest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/13/2014

    " Excellent book - gave me a better understanding of the way women were treated and looked upon in the 1800's. Would highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/29/2014

    " Enjoy the subject and the surroundings. She made me feel apart of it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 1/26/2014

    " The woman in this story is totally amazing to me! This is the first in a series again, but ultimately it is a story about a family within a larger community 'family' who comes west to settle on the coast west of Olympia, Washington. Again, the characters and their lives drew me in until I couldn't put the book aside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genna | 1/25/2014

    " The book wasn't that bad all said and done, but it took a while to get into the swing of things and trudge my way though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherri | 1/13/2014

    " Young married couple have to decide whether to show allegiance to each other or to follow edicts of controlling religious leader. Asked to go to Oregon country to find new home for settlement, relationship is strained and life is fragile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie Jameson | 1/6/2014

    " I liked it enough to finish it, but will be donating to the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/9/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. Very clean! It is a historical novel-which I really like. Pretty thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 11/29/2013

    " I really don't like this book! It's written fine, but I don't like the characters and I don't like the storyline... it is just miserable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/25/2013

    " Interesting and quick read. I have always been fascinated about the travels of pioneers, and pioneer women. I did not realize that this was a somewhat historical book, but that actually helped improve my opinion. I will read the next book in the series, to see how the story continues "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki | 8/30/2013

    " I loved this book. It is based on a true story. A colony of Germans travel to Oregon/Washington. Emma is a head-strong girl who marries an older man. She connives to travel with him and his scouts on a journey. We learn to love her. This is the first book in the Change and Cherish series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Cochran | 3/30/2013

    " This book grew on me. I didn't love it at first but as I got into it I really liked it. It definitely draws you in and I would easily read three chapters when I only meant to read one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristiina | 1/8/2013

    " I love Jane Kirkpatrick. She is so historically accurate in her writing. This one was no exception! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 9/1/2012

    " All of Ms. Kirkpatricks books are wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 1/1/2011

    " All of Ms. Kirkpatricks books are wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 12/17/2010

    " I liked it enough to finish it, but will be donating to the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 12/7/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. It took me some time to get into it, the conventions of the time that it was written were hard for me to relate to at first. I do want to know what happens next, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genna | 9/17/2010

    " The book wasn't that bad all said and done, but it took a while to get into the swing of things and trudge my way though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/22/2010

    " It took a little bit to get into the story but once I did I could not put it down. I highly recommend getting the whole series because once you start reading you won't want to have to wait to get the next book.

    I love the characters!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikki | 3/27/2010

    " I loved this book. It is based on a true story. A colony of Germans travel to Oregon/Washington. Emma is a head-strong girl who marries an older man. She connives to travel with him and his scouts on a journey. We learn to love her. This is the first book in the Change and Cherish series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/13/2009

    " I love pioneer books and this one was interesting to me because it is about the Pacific Northwest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sylvia | 9/3/2009

    " first of a trilogy about the founding of Aurora,Oregon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 8/16/2009

    " Once again, Jane K. really pulls you in. Emma is crazy-strong and I enjoyed watching her own opinions form. Then to see her keep to her choices and see them through despite hardship - what a woman! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/13/2009

    " I enjoyed this book. Very clean! It is a historical novel-which I really like. Pretty thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristiina | 6/22/2009

    " I love Jane Kirkpatrick. She is so historically accurate in her writing. This one was no exception! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/4/2009

    " We aggressive women can tax men's right to superiority! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamelamtracey | 4/24/2009

    " This was a very enjoyable read. It was very fascinating to ponder the idea of a group trying to create a utopian society and how independent thought can fit in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/12/2009

    " As a novel, this wasn't too compelling. As a history, it was enjoyable. I live in the Northwest, and am familiar with the locations mentioned in the book. I'll read the rest of the series because I want to know more about the founding of the Aurora colony in Oregon. "

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About the Author
Jane Kirkpatrick is the author of twenty books and is a two-time winner of the WILLA Literary Award. Her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the Western Heritage Wrangler Award, an honor given to writers such as Barbara Kingsolver and Larry McMurtry. For twenty-six years she "homesteaded" with her husband Jerry on a remote ranch in Eastern Oregon.  She now lives with Jerry, and her two dogs and one cat on small acreage in Central Oregon while she savors the value of friendship over fame.
About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.