I’m the One Standing Next to the Ox

The Church’s sesquicentennial re-enactment of the Mormon pioneers’ westward march touched the hearts of millions worldwide, motivating many groups to undertake their own pioneer treks. This novel is the tale of one such group: the fictional Prairie City Nebraska Ward that pledges to make a trek across Nebraska. The story unfolds through the eyes of Christy Walker, whose blooming teenage femininity makes her a reluctant participant in the excursion. She would rather dream of romance with her family’s handsome young home teacher—fellow high school senior Ryan Flynt—than participate in a strenuous march across the Nebraska landscape. When the trip begins, Christy’s little brother suddenly is threatened by an intractable ox. To everyone’s surprise, Christy comes to the rescue and is the only one capable of controlling the feisty animal. Over her strenuous complaints, she is assigned as Old Ned’s handler for the balance of the trip. She learns not only how to handle an ox, but how to deal more effectively with other kinds of stubborn animals, like Dads. As the wagon train moves along the trail, twists and turns as rugged as the rocks and rivers that stand in their way make this story one of inspiration and humor. The group’s arrival at their destination during a tremendous rainstorm leads to events that bring the book to an exciting conclusion.

 

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    by Shirley Bock Jesti

    I’m the One Standing Next to the Ox, a delightful tale of modern pioneers, is great reading for all ages. The Church’s sesquicentennial re-enactment of the Mormon pioneers’ westward march touched the hearts of millions worldwide, motivating many groups to undertake their own pioneer treks. This novel is the tale of one such group: the fictional Prairie City Nebraska Ward that pledges to make a trek across Nebraska. The story unfolds through the eyes of Christy Walker, whose blooming teenage femininity makes her a reluctant participant in the excursion. She would rather dream of romance with her family’s handsome young home teacher—fellow high school senior Ryan Flynt—than participate in a strenuous march across the Nebraska landscape. When the trip begins, Christy’s little brother suddenly is threatened by an intractable ox. To everyone’s surprise, Christy comes to the rescue and is the only one capable of controlling the feisty animal. Over her strenuous complaints, she is assigned as Old Ned’s handler for the balance of the trip. She learns not only how to handle an ox, but how to deal more effectively with other kinds of stubborn animals, like Dads. As the wagon train moves along the trail, twists and turns as rugged as the rocks and rivers that stand in their way make this story one of inspiration and humor. The group’s arrival at their destination during a tremendous rainstorm leads to events that bring the book to an exciting conclusion.

    Chapters include:

    1. The Mormon Pioneer Trek Challenge
    2. Ryan’s Invitation
    3. The Lost Lease
    4. “I’ll Put My Name Right Beneath His”
    5. “Bishop, Put the Walker Family at the Head of That List”
    6. The Pioneer Gold and Green Ball
    7. “Old Ned Is Just a Big Old Baby”
    8. “If Only We Could Have Showers”
    9. “I Myself Am a Work in Progress”
    10. Sister Shumway’s Surprise
    11. Testimonies At Trail’s End

    6” x 9” paperback

    144 pages