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Simply Stories Podcast

Sep 24, 2020

Today you guys are in for such a treat because our guest is the fantastic and beloved Jane Kirkpatrick. Jane is a master storyteller of 35 books, both fiction and non-fiction specializing in finding people, particularly women, in history we may not ordinarily get to hear about, and bringing their extraordinary lives into full color. 

Jane is a wealth of heart and knowledge, and she is definitely my people, because she loves Jesus, history, storytelling, bunny trails, and this episode is full of ALL those things. We talk about everything from the people she has written about, how God confirmed her calling as a writer later in life, how life is a constant process of adaptation to new seasons and new normals and wrestling out how every person must decide will we process that through a filter of hope or hopelessness. We also discuss her latest novel Something Worth Doing based on the life of suffragist and spitfire, Abigail Duniway who fought for women’s rights for 40 years, was an entrepreneur, a writer, a mother of 6, and a caretaker of a beloved husband.

Buckle up, y’all. This episode is full of heart and history you may have never heard of, and serves as a reminder that God is not finished with our story, no matter how things may seem. The samy is true for you, friend. Your story matters. 


References and Resources:

-the message on Jane’s website

-Israel in exile (an encyclopedic look, Biblical study of it and the difference between the exile and the diaspora)

-Paul Tillich: human beings have to encounter 3 things to be fully human, living with uncertainty, we don’t control anything but our response, that we are mortal

-Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Ma Anand Sheelah and Rajneesh Compound (I REALLY don’t want to draw traffic to this horribly toxic and false religion’s actual website, because sadly it is still active and deceiving people around the globe. These are links from local Oregonian newspapers about the compound Jane and I discuss and the history of the Bhagwan. Which you can also hear/learn about just by watching the documentary listed further down.) 

-a child in the Rajneesh Compound

-A Land of Sheltered Promise

-the Young Life camp there: Washington Family Ranch

-the Holocaust

-“Wild, Wild, Country”- Documentary about the Bhagwan and the Rajneesh

-the word parable meaning, a story that comes alongside — we’re allowed to enter it from wherever we are

-greek word for comfort, άνεση =  to come along to the side

-“Women’s history must be invented; both uncovered and made up.” - Virginia Woolf

-Promises of Hope - A Devotional for Care Givers

-Her memoir

-Notable Oregonians

-Abigail Duniway and “The Farmer’s Wife”

-100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

-Structuring Your Novel

  1. What’s my intention?
  2. What do I feel deeply about? / What’s the attitude?
  3. What’s my purpose in writing this book? / How do I hope a reader might be changed.

-Ben Duniway’s Obituary

-Abigail Duniway’s Obituary

-Natalie Curtis and The Indian’s Book

-The Code of Indian Offenses :: Read more here, here, and here.

-The nation I spoke of in Syracuse is the Onondaga Nation

-Read more here and here about the whitewashing and assimilation of the Native Americans

-St. Louis World’s Fair // Louisiana Purchase Exposition

-Genocide- the first time that word is truly used

-“race suicide” - people being asked to give up themselves by denying who they were

- Silent Words (I misquoted the children’s book title, but this link is to a novel that’s a story of a young Native American boy’s journey. The book I meant is this one: Stolen Words)

-Wounded Knee

-Cherokee Dakota

-Tear Soup

- “Hope is an orientation of the spirit. … but the absolute conviction that something is worth doing regardless of how it turns out.” Disturbing the Peace 

-Her latest novel (about Abigail and Ben) Something Worth Doing

Scripture References:

Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers :: Israel’s wilderness journey

Joshua 1is where it begins, and then read through the book of Joshua here  :: the second generation wilderness and their journey into the promised land

Acts-the early church

2 Corinthians 12:7-10- thorn in our flesh

Joshua 24:15 - Whom do we serve? // We will ultimately worship something or someone

Isaiah 19:21 - The Lord will make Himself known

1 Corinthians 12, Epheisans 4, Colossians 3-Biblical unity

(A study of Deuteronomy) Israel before they go to the promise land, they sit down and tell their stories of God’s faithfulness

Deuteronomy 11:18- Put these on your forehead

1 Thessalonians 4:13- We are not without hope

Connecting with Jane:

-Getting access to her newsletter “Story Sparks”


-Good Reads




Connecting with Emily and Simply Stories Podcast:
Instagram (Em life // Podcast Life)

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