- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Tate Publishing (April 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628548800
- ISBN-13: 978-1628548808
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Year in a Yurt Paperback – April 29, 2014
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In some ways, she is quite free about their personal finances which made me scratch my head as to how they afforded $4,000 to transport a horse and a goat to Hawaii when she keeps mentioning being in $600,000 debt, having to go through a short sale on a house they probably shouldn't have built in the first place (one of those interest only loans, ya know). Perhaps they got the money for the move after they sold off a lot of their personal possessions because they were about to downsize into a rented yurt that isn't on the grid. In addition to the moving costs, she took umpteen trips back to the mainland to see her daughter's wedding and son's departure for boot camp and to deal with her sick father. Her husband, Pat, must be getting a heck of a good pension. Ultimately, they were able to get out of the rented yurt because their California house finally sold and because of a substantial inheritance she receives from her father's estate that cleaned out the rest of the debt and gave them a large down payment for the property they wanted (their realtor is savvy - get them to rent his yurt while he finagles a real estate deal that gets them into a house at a screaming low interest rate, working around their crappy credit rating via owner financing).
This author needs a better editor. There's a lot of redundancy and disjointed parts where I didn't quite know what was going on at times. Also, there were some grammar issues, which to me, is inexcusable in this day and age. I wish she wrote more about island life and some of the locals they encountered and her work with Habitat for Humanity. I did enjoy reading the factoids about yurts at the end of each chapter and the back of the book is loaded with yurt resources.
Jen and Pat get their gumption and determination from The Lord J.C. That is where everyone's talents and success ultimately come from, whether you believe it or not.
I have been one of Jens best friends for years and have watched them struggle and come to where they are today; and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they would not have been able to have everything fall in place the way it all did without their reliance on The Lord.
I loved the book and I know all to be true, with no exaggeration of any kind.
I hope the book can help those who don't have a personal relationship with J.C. turn to Him and find the kind of love and trust that Jen has in Him as well:)