Jul 18, 2008
Book written by Curt Arens
For Curt Arens, working the land of his grandparents' farm along Bow Creek near Crofton, Nebraska not only brings him pleasure and a source of income, but also deepens his Catholic faith.
Raised on that land, the 44-year-old Arens writes about learning how to farm and the importance of his Catholic faith in "Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land." His first book was published in January as part of ACTA Publications' American Catholic Experience series, which features first-person reflections by lay people.
The 110-page book is filled with short stories about Arens' upbringing and the people who impacted his life - his family and friends and those in his parish and community. It traces his development as a farmer and a Catholic.
"The book is a tribute to the sacredness of rural life, particularly those hardworking, generous people in my own community," Arens said. "It is about the faith and farm lessons I've learned from my parents and grandparents, from my wife, children and in-laws, and from my neighbors and friends."