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Sometimes your past must be plowed before your future can be planted… Her great-great-grandma came to California in a covered wagon more than a hundred years ago, and her family has farmed in the Sacramento Valley ever since, but a life of farming was the last thing she wanted… until the day fate brings her back to the farm. Nineteen-year-old Paula Scott leaves Californi Sometimes your past must be plowed before your future can be planted… Her great-great-grandma came to California in a covered wagon more than a hundred years ago, and her family has farmed in the Sacramento Valley ever since, but a life of farming was the last thing she wanted… until the day fate brings her back to the farm. Nineteen-year-old Paula Scott leaves California when the almonds are in bloom for college in Reno, Nevada where cocaine, casinos, and her first honest-to-goodness boyfriend will break her farmgirl heart, but her story doesn’t end in the desert with a broken heart. When life knocks us down, we get back up, we try again, we marry and maybe divorce, but in the midst of our down and dirty, raw and real, painfully ordinary lives, sometimes the extraordinary breaks through, and we see God. Because God sees us.


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Sometimes your past must be plowed before your future can be planted… Her great-great-grandma came to California in a covered wagon more than a hundred years ago, and her family has farmed in the Sacramento Valley ever since, but a life of farming was the last thing she wanted… until the day fate brings her back to the farm. Nineteen-year-old Paula Scott leaves Californi Sometimes your past must be plowed before your future can be planted… Her great-great-grandma came to California in a covered wagon more than a hundred years ago, and her family has farmed in the Sacramento Valley ever since, but a life of farming was the last thing she wanted… until the day fate brings her back to the farm. Nineteen-year-old Paula Scott leaves California when the almonds are in bloom for college in Reno, Nevada where cocaine, casinos, and her first honest-to-goodness boyfriend will break her farmgirl heart, but her story doesn’t end in the desert with a broken heart. When life knocks us down, we get back up, we try again, we marry and maybe divorce, but in the midst of our down and dirty, raw and real, painfully ordinary lives, sometimes the extraordinary breaks through, and we see God. Because God sees us.

30 review for Farming Grace: A Memoir of Life, Love, and a Harvest of Faith

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deacon Tom F

    Pleasant This is a nice little book. It was really a Christian conversion book which I’ve read many times and I understand completely. Although the experiences in her book are personal and very much family oriented they are a bit similar to most of the other rhythms of this type of book. Person comes out of darkness; person hits bottom through the intervention of God their life is turned around. I’m not criticizing that but just to explain that that was the pattern for many similar books as well. Pleasant This is a nice little book. It was really a Christian conversion book which I’ve read many times and I understand completely. Although the experiences in her book are personal and very much family oriented they are a bit similar to most of the other rhythms of this type of book. Person comes out of darkness; person hits bottom through the intervention of God their life is turned around. I’m not criticizing that but just to explain that that was the pattern for many similar books as well. I mildly recommend

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Davies

    Equal parts page-turner and barn-burner, Paula Scott’s Farming Grace unabashedly tells a story many of us have lived but few have the guts to share. My heart almost stopped on p. 93, raucous laughter rang out on p. 181, and tears I didn’t know I needed to cry flowed on pp. 194-195. It takes courage to bear your scars—even more courage to bare them. Scott beautifully does both as she takes on her past to propel readers to the future—a future where beauty and grace are waiting with arms open wide.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katharine

    In tears after finishing this book in 5 hours. What a beautiful ride it was and so healing to my soul. Jesus, take it all. Nothing on earth is as good as You. Paula Scott's writing is captivating, thought provoking, and emotionally intelligent. I felt like a dear friend or daughter being invited into the fold to be taught the wisdom, healing, and abounding love of God. This book is my 63rd book of the year and it is by far my favorite book perhaps of all time. There is nothing more beautiful than to In tears after finishing this book in 5 hours. What a beautiful ride it was and so healing to my soul. Jesus, take it all. Nothing on earth is as good as You. Paula Scott's writing is captivating, thought provoking, and emotionally intelligent. I felt like a dear friend or daughter being invited into the fold to be taught the wisdom, healing, and abounding love of God. This book is my 63rd book of the year and it is by far my favorite book perhaps of all time. There is nothing more beautiful than to read about God's good work and redemption. If your soul craves something but you can't pinpoint what it is; pick up this book. You'll be captivated by the first page and your soul will be drenched with satisfying, quenching fulfillment while reading about God's immense love for you. My review is in exchange for a copy of this book paired with an honest review. I highly recommend this book to all readers: Christians and non-christians alike.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Petersen-Fox

    I’m already giving this five stars, not just from reading the first few sentences but because I follow Paula and am inspired by so much of what she writes in her blog and Instagram. I’ve read all of her other books and wish she’s already written a dozen more for me to read. She has a gift. Especially in California Historical fiction. Looking forward to reading what I think is going to be a glimpse of her life and how God can make it good and peaceful if you allow him. But sometimes we go through I’m already giving this five stars, not just from reading the first few sentences but because I follow Paula and am inspired by so much of what she writes in her blog and Instagram. I’ve read all of her other books and wish she’s already written a dozen more for me to read. She has a gift. Especially in California Historical fiction. Looking forward to reading what I think is going to be a glimpse of her life and how God can make it good and peaceful if you allow him. But sometimes we go through horrific struggles that are painful and embarrassing to share but we’re we’re never alone in those struggles. I’m really looking forward to reading your book Paula.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Mackay

    Someone once said that there are two ways to return home. One of these is never to have left. In this beautifully-written memoir, Paula Scott chose the other, more difficult path, that of false turnings and dead-ends from which escape is difficult. “Framing Grace” made me wonder yet again -- for many memoirs recount the wrong road taken -- how young people who, though from solid stock, can allow their lives to descend into the abyss of drugs, sex, and libertarianism. Instead of taking a good look Someone once said that there are two ways to return home. One of these is never to have left. In this beautifully-written memoir, Paula Scott chose the other, more difficult path, that of false turnings and dead-ends from which escape is difficult. “Framing Grace” made me wonder yet again -- for many memoirs recount the wrong road taken -- how young people who, though from solid stock, can allow their lives to descend into the abyss of drugs, sex, and libertarianism. Instead of taking a good look at themselves in a mirror, they blame parents, friends, lovers, even God. Where does their deficiency lie? Do they lack the self-awareness or the moral fiber to blame themselves and begin to take responsibility? I don't have the answer. Maybe my question is wrongly formulated. Yet something drove Paula Scott to return home, to fill the void into which her life had sunk for no convincing reason. Perhaps the beauty of Paula Scott’s prose offers some compensation for the errors she committed before finding her way once more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ami Moore

    Whenever I pick up one of Paula’s books I know my housework might go unchecked...but my soul will not! “Just one more chapter” turns into three, five, or more. Farming Grace is no exception. I couldn’t put it down. We all have a story to tell whether big or small. I love, and most admire, Paula’s vulnerability. We hear the saying, “The truth will set us free” however, how many of us are brave enough to share our truth. Farming Grace does just that. Paula’s writing makes you feel as if you are sit Whenever I pick up one of Paula’s books I know my housework might go unchecked...but my soul will not! “Just one more chapter” turns into three, five, or more. Farming Grace is no exception. I couldn’t put it down. We all have a story to tell whether big or small. I love, and most admire, Paula’s vulnerability. We hear the saying, “The truth will set us free” however, how many of us are brave enough to share our truth. Farming Grace does just that. Paula’s writing makes you feel as if you are sitting right beside her in the story. Through the perils and through redemption she’s a great example of God being greater than we understand.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Spence

    I planned to read one chapter with my morning coffee and then get on to the chores of the day. The laundry isn’t done, my 10 year old played video games and ate chips all day, my house is a mess but I’m a better person after having read Farming Grace, by Paula Scott. I can’t remember the last time I read a book cover to cover in a day. I could not put it down. I laughed until I cried and cried until I laughed. A memoir woven with hardship, love and Gods grace; Paula Scott is my new favorite auth I planned to read one chapter with my morning coffee and then get on to the chores of the day. The laundry isn’t done, my 10 year old played video games and ate chips all day, my house is a mess but I’m a better person after having read Farming Grace, by Paula Scott. I can’t remember the last time I read a book cover to cover in a day. I could not put it down. I laughed until I cried and cried until I laughed. A memoir woven with hardship, love and Gods grace; Paula Scott is my new favorite author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate Barker

    Farming Grace..."A Memoir of Life, Love and A Harvest of Faith" by Paula Scott. This memoir is Paula's story of searching for love and worth and coming away disappointed and disenchanted with life. But, Paula finds God and love and restoration on a farm in the Sutter Buttes. She and her husband are still farming and harvesting the fruits (and the fruits of the spirit) they planted! While this is a raw and vulnerable story—hope is the thread that God uses to pull Paula and her whole family to Him Farming Grace..."A Memoir of Life, Love and A Harvest of Faith" by Paula Scott. This memoir is Paula's story of searching for love and worth and coming away disappointed and disenchanted with life. But, Paula finds God and love and restoration on a farm in the Sutter Buttes. She and her husband are still farming and harvesting the fruits (and the fruits of the spirit) they planted! While this is a raw and vulnerable story—hope is the thread that God uses to pull Paula and her whole family to Himself.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet McHenry

    I loved this beautiful memoir about love and God's loving embrace of us, despite our struggles, despite our mess-ups, despite our ugliness. My husband and I also had our share of ups and downs before our marriage and during it as well. We would not be together still after many, many years without the fingerprints of God all over our history. This is a beautiful story of HOPE. If you need hope for your marriage or hope for your kids or hope for the messiness of family finances or even illness, Pa I loved this beautiful memoir about love and God's loving embrace of us, despite our struggles, despite our mess-ups, despite our ugliness. My husband and I also had our share of ups and downs before our marriage and during it as well. We would not be together still after many, many years without the fingerprints of God all over our history. This is a beautiful story of HOPE. If you need hope for your marriage or hope for your kids or hope for the messiness of family finances or even illness, Paula's story will encourage you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jwaldrop

    This was a well written in-depth story of a troubled family, a troubled young woman - and how God found the way to heal all of them. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and the honesty with which it was written. I appreciated the way God moved through this family and the way the author opened herself to His word.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erika Wallace

    This book is such a beautiful story of redemption. I love the way you see God shine his light through Paula’s life. I think every woman should read this book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    I loved this memoir by Paula Scott. I couldn't read it fast enough to suit me, and was inspired by all she and her family overcame. What a powerful testimony of faith and love! I loved this memoir by Paula Scott. I couldn't read it fast enough to suit me, and was inspired by all she and her family overcame. What a powerful testimony of faith and love!

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Vonhof

    Farming Grace by Paula Scott is a powerful read. It's written as a memoir and I love the picturesque writing as the story weaves through Paula's life. Piece by piece, as a child, a young adult and college student, a druggie, through affairs, a young wife, a young helicopter pilot husband, children, and more children, struggles with faith, cancer, health problems, self-discovery, becoming a farmer, and much more, life unveils itself. Paula struggles with making sense of her circling the drain and Farming Grace by Paula Scott is a powerful read. It's written as a memoir and I love the picturesque writing as the story weaves through Paula's life. Piece by piece, as a child, a young adult and college student, a druggie, through affairs, a young wife, a young helicopter pilot husband, children, and more children, struggles with faith, cancer, health problems, self-discovery, becoming a farmer, and much more, life unveils itself. Paula struggles with making sense of her circling the drain and coming up for air time and time again. It was great to read her story of coming to faith and the role it played in her marriage and raising her family. This is not your usual “growing up” story. It’s about receiving grace from the deepest pit of despair to the top of the hill bathed in sunshine. Read it and be blessed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Uncle Alfred

    The book flitted around like a bird caught in a skylight, because her timeline was distressingly jumpy. The redemption work of Jesus was 5 star. At times the spiritual analogies the author used in watching and working her orchard were poetic and lovely. Despite this, I did not care for the full disclosure style which many would hail as brave and vulnerable. An invisible line of discernment was crossed with the over-sharing graphic details of her rape and acceptance of her uncle's wicked lifestyl The book flitted around like a bird caught in a skylight, because her timeline was distressingly jumpy. The redemption work of Jesus was 5 star. At times the spiritual analogies the author used in watching and working her orchard were poetic and lovely. Despite this, I did not care for the full disclosure style which many would hail as brave and vulnerable. An invisible line of discernment was crossed with the over-sharing graphic details of her rape and acceptance of her uncle's wicked lifestyle. On the positive side, she honestly admitted how she grew tired of being married, and how she credits God for restoring her marriage through commitment when the feeling faded. The memoir was an odd combination of the sanctification process and the not yet there.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donald Curry

    It takes incredible courage to be vulnerable so that others can identify and find themselves, and Paula Scott has done just that. Her raw account of life, love, leading, parenting with all it's pain and redemptive suffering is a study in how to navigate successfully in this life, though much of the time it looks like anything but. She shows there is beauty in brokenness and healing through heartache that can lead to a love; a love that we would never would have known without it. The end goal is It takes incredible courage to be vulnerable so that others can identify and find themselves, and Paula Scott has done just that. Her raw account of life, love, leading, parenting with all it's pain and redemptive suffering is a study in how to navigate successfully in this life, though much of the time it looks like anything but. She shows there is beauty in brokenness and healing through heartache that can lead to a love; a love that we would never would have known without it. The end goal is not success. The end goal is love and relational fulfillment which this book demonstrates is worth any price. Thank you Paula.

  16. 5 out of 5

    cat hammers

    Mixed feelings here While I admire the author for sharing her journey, the book was hard to navigate for me. She would be talking about the fox and kits, then jump back to something that happened some years prior and then seem to remember “oh, yeah, I need to tell the readers this was before we moved to the orchard” (paraphrased). This made the chronology difficult to follow for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    D Davis

    Enjoyed the book as it was well written and don't think it is right to criticise a biography of someone that has opened up their heart for all to see but one thing that did appal me was the part referring to her dad hitting her with a belt when she was just seven years old! .What a b****** and it made me feel very angry indeed. However and without spoiling the ending for anyone, it was good to read it turned out so well for the author in the end Enjoyed the book as it was well written and don't think it is right to criticise a biography of someone that has opened up their heart for all to see but one thing that did appal me was the part referring to her dad hitting her with a belt when she was just seven years old! .What a b****** and it made me feel very angry indeed. However and without spoiling the ending for anyone, it was good to read it turned out so well for the author in the end

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aline Baker

    Words fail me! I read this book in one setting! It was not what I expected. My eyes are leaky and my heart full! Thank you for sharing with me. I would recommend this book to everyone. I just can't put into words how much this book affects me and the encouragement I feel to keep on! Words fail me! I read this book in one setting! It was not what I expected. My eyes are leaky and my heart full! Thank you for sharing with me. I would recommend this book to everyone. I just can't put into words how much this book affects me and the encouragement I feel to keep on!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rashel

    A woman's struggles with drug and alcohol temptations caused mostly by being around the wrong people. They eventually get right with God and end up in a healthy environment. It's always easier to be with God when you're in a healthy environment than in a challenging one. A woman's struggles with drug and alcohol temptations caused mostly by being around the wrong people. They eventually get right with God and end up in a healthy environment. It's always easier to be with God when you're in a healthy environment than in a challenging one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sammie Gaye

    Anonymous I love that she told all, not holding back telling the bad things as well as the good things that happened to her and her family. It made for really interesting reading and something you can relate to if you have had things have you don’t talk about.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Ross

    A life transformed - Paula's raw and honest memoir shows the effects of Christ on one woman's life, and how it impacts those around her. Forgiveness and healing take work. You won't be able to put it down. A life transformed - Paula's raw and honest memoir shows the effects of Christ on one woman's life, and how it impacts those around her. Forgiveness and healing take work. You won't be able to put it down.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beth Kaminske

    Every once in a while I get a free kindle book, that I actually like. This is a good autobiography and Paula Scott is a good writer. I discovered she has also written several fiction books and now I want to read them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Inspirational Memoir Paula Scott relates her journey through life and faith with grace, dignity, and feeling. It's relatable in so many ways and an inspiration to anyone trying to make sense of life and God. A perfect story to follow during Lent. Inspirational Memoir Paula Scott relates her journey through life and faith with grace, dignity, and feeling. It's relatable in so many ways and an inspiration to anyone trying to make sense of life and God. A perfect story to follow during Lent.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kayo

    Sweet sweet book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Val Gropp

    Bounced all over!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Incredible I think most of us can relate. Only God can heal our lives and set us free! Hard read first... finding God through it all

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Beason

    This book was a cannot put down. I enjoyed reading about God's plan for the writers life. This book was a cannot put down. I enjoyed reading about God's plan for the writers life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Candace Propst

    Inspiring Story I was enchanted with this book. The author took the reader on the journey of her life right along with her! I felt her pain as well as her joy! Her redemption and experience with the love of Jesus inspired me to get to know Him better!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Faith Detwiler

    More of a 2.5. The author tells a true story of her redemption and God showing up in her life. But her use of timeline is stop and start.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet White

    Awesome book! story of an author who endured and still believes. She writes about the struggles in her life without embellishment or self pity. Well worth my time!

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