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A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In his moving debut book, "America" columnist Kyle Kramer recounts the sometimes-gritty story of how he came to experience the joys of real community through a journey of honest reckoning with his own ambitions. For Kramer, this story involves lots of dirt. In the spring of 2000, Kramer, an earnest and high-achieving private school teacher in Atlanta, decided to forego a p ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Sorin Books
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Katie
In A Time to Plant, Kyle Kramer tells of his journey as a rural homesteader in southern Indiana. The pages are filled with honesty and wisdom as Kramer examines his spirituality and his role in the world.

While working on his Master of Divinity at Emory University, Kramer begins to question whether his plan to become an Episcopal priest is truly his vocation. His love for gardening and his desire to live simply as a steward of the earth lead him to begin a search for land near his childhood home
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Caren
Aug 24, 2014 Caren rated it really liked it
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This is an introspective, searingly honest memoir of the past decade or so in the life of the author. As a young man, he was working as a private-school teacher while completing his masters of divinity degree at Emory University in Atlanta, with the intention of becoming an Episcopal priest and a theological academic. When he joined an inner-city parish that had a particular mission to serve mentally challenged and handicapped adults, he found his academic interests had faded and he felt humbled ...more
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it liked it
It’s always a pleasure to read ‘close to home’ and Kyle T. Kramer’s A Time to Plant, is just that…an Indiana story. A Time to Plant follows Kramer’s evolution from a theologian rooted in academia to an organic farmer in southern Indiana. His book comes highly touted by Phyllis Tickle, Luke Timothy Johnson, and Scott Russell Sanders, respected contemporary theologians. It’s not just a ‘city boy moves to the country’ tale. The book follows Kramer as he wrestles with stewardship of the land and bui ...more
Tom
Oct 10, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
I thought A Time to Plant was an excellent book. It is a nonfiction story about a former teacher and writer who chooses to become a farmer and live a simple lifestyle in southern Indiana. The teacher-writer-farmer seems intelligent, insightful, resourceful and reflective. His description of his search for life's meaning reminded me of Dorothy's search on the yellow brick road, Don Quixote taking on windmills or you and me searching for meaning in this life and beyond. His journey is unique yet t ...more
Patty
Over the years, I have read a lot of books about farming, food and self-sufficiency. If you look at those 15-16 books, you would think I was about to become a gardener if not head back to the land to see if I can make it on my own. Nothing is further from the truth. I want to eat well and I am more than happy to support my local CSA. But I am too old to garden and I didn't like it all that much when we did have a garden. I want to eat the bread that the little red hen makes, but I don't want to ...more
Stacie
Aug 11, 2011 Stacie rated it it was ok
A must read for me because the author's farm is near where I grew up in Indiana. Gotta support the hometown team, after all. Can't help but wonder if I knew him in some capacity because he was only one year older than me, though we didn't go to the same school. Still being in a small-ish town means separation is not usually even six degrees.

As if that weren't enough of a sell for me, he teaches at an abbey that my family would drive by on our (seemingly) near-monthly trips to my grandparents in
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Sarah
Jan 05, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This book was a powerfully honest account of Kramer's attempt to live with intention and purpose as he moved home and began an organic farm created mostly of his own hard work and vision. I enjoyed Kramer's commitment and dedication to a vision of the world and his challenge to himself to live up to that standard. That being said, I also really appreciated his honest acknowledgement of his vulnerabilities, struggles, and failures. I identified with many of his beliefs about community, spirituali ...more
Dustin
Sep 12, 2015 Dustin rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the insights and getting a peek into my fellow Hoosier's journey and how his faith in God was core to many of the transitions in that journey and I suspect will continue to guide him and his family.
Linda
Feb 08, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
"Borrowing" from the back of the book....

"This book and the story it tells may seem in some sense quiet, mostly
confined to a small parcel of land. But it strikes me as a fine and hopeful
adventure, one that should give heart to all kinds of people as they try
to figure out where they're called to be." ~Bill McKibben(author of Deep Economy)~

I enjoyed reading Kyle's story as Im on my own journey, spiritual and otherwise!!
Theresa
Aug 05, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it
Katie's review is so good, what more can I say? I agree with her reflections on the book.
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