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Family Blessed, A / Rotthoff, Dan / Paperback / LSI

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Saddle up and get ready for an exciting ride through the life of Dan Rotthoff. From his birthplace in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania, to his current residence in Ritter, Oregon, Dan's life has been full of hard work and lots of adventure. Sawmill owner, soldier, farmer, rancher, traveling salesman, pilot, cowboy, and lay pastor are just some of the occupations that he has worked at through nine decades of life.

Husband of one and father of three, Dan did whatever it took to provide for his family and to raise them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He and his beloved Margie, aka Nana, worked side-by-side through good times and adversity, always trying to follow the Lord's leading. Jobs took them from Pennsylvania to California and then to Idaho.

As owners of a cattle ranch in Garden Valley, Idaho for nearly forty years, Dan and Margie gifted the ranch with its home and barns to an organization known as Project Patch, that provides a new start for troubled teenagers. This gift was made in 1989-1990.

When Dan lost his precious Margie to the ravages of illness, he could have settled into a quiet retirement. Instead, he answered the call to be a volunteer lay pastor in the remote Alaskan village of Togiak, where he served for four years in his mid-eighties.

Join Dan as he recounts all the ways the Lord has led and protected him and his family through the years—through close calls on land and in the air, long treks through the snowy Idaho mountains on skis, cattle drives, and financial gain … and loss.



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About the Author

Dan RotthoffDan Rotthoff was born in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Ritter, Oregon. He has plied many trades through the years, but his most fulfilling one was that of volunteer lay pastor in Togiak, Alaska. He attends the Long Creek, Oregon, Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he formerly lay-pastored, along with the John Day and Dayville churches, all done when he was in his eighties. John 17 is his favorite Bible passage, and he loves to ride horseback in the central Idaho mountains. He is happy just to wake up each morning. He longs to see his entire family committed to and active in the Lord’s work.

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  1. Prepare to be entertained, inspired, fascinated, and encouraged. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2019

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “Prepare for an adventure with the author as we travel down the tracks of his life, through the eyes of human interest and a detailed history of a time long past. Rotthoff takes us along for a ride through decades of interesting details and reflections of a humble and grateful spirit—a man’s life well lived. While his life is full of tragedy and gut-wrenching moments that impact a man for life, there is also a hope and joy that runs alongside these fascinating narratives. Throughout it is apparent that his faith carries him along, overcoming great struggles, while maintaining an outlook that good would always somehow come from what life would bring his way. His great love for his wife, Margie, and their family is evident at each turn of the road. Their odyssey literally crosses the country through different jobs, opportunities, and life challenges. You’ll enjoy this journey with Dan, as you prepare to be entertained, inspired, fascinated, and encouraged.”
    ~ Fred Cornforth, CEO of CDI Group of Companies, Author, Former Pastor

  2. I pray that A Family Blessed will warm, enrich, enlighten, and bless many hearts. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Sep 2019

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “Dan Rotthoff is quite a story teller. His journey through life makes a great read, and is rich in much-needed old fashioned values and practical spiritual lessons for each one of us today. His love for his family shines out clearly. Being a family man myself, I can really relate to his desire that all of his relatives to discover God’s incredible love and wonderful plan for their lives. I pray that A Family Blessed will warm, enrich, enlighten, and bless many hearts.”
    ~ Steve Wohlberg, Speaker/Director, White Horse Media

  3. You must spend time between the covers of this memoir! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Sep 2019

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    “Cowboy, lay pastor, and author Dan Rotthoff is a good friend of mine, and I am honored to share a paragraph about his new book, A Family Blessed. I was blessed and enriched as I read the manuscript. His pen bleeds with ethos as he looks back at the adventurous nine decades of his life and spills his treasure trove of memories onto the pages of his life story. He does a masterful job of telling his story that spans the spectrum from the predictable to the unpredictable, the serious to the humorous, and the sad to the joyful. A major theme he carefully weaves throughout his family history is God’s providential leading and watch care of Rotthoff and his family. He gives the credit and glory to God for all the positive and good that he experiences in life. He concludes the book by extending a genuine and heart-felt appeal to the reader to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, and to experience the joys of salvation. A Family Blessed is interesting, inspirational, and engaging. You must spend time between the covers of this memoir!”
    ~ David Prest Jr., President, Idaho Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Inc.

  4. This book that allowed me to appreciate him and our God even more. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jun 2019

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    "It’s impossible to capture a lifetime in a book. What’s clear in reading Dan Rotthoff’s story is that his life has made and impact. This is a story of determination, hard work and flexibility. Dan isn’t afraid of hard work or adapting his strategy as new opportunities appeared. It’s hard to describe Dan. Most men are identified by what they did for work and he’s done a lot of different things including working as a farmer, trapper, sawmill owner, Army Airborne, salesman, business owner, rancher, outfitter, and missionary. You could describe him for his adventures which he had many. He also is a devoted son, husband, father and patriarch of the family. But what stands out to me is that he is a man of character that others trust and is faithful in the tasks he is given. I’ve known Dan for many years and am thankful for him writing this book that allowed me to appreciate him and our God even more."
    ~ Chuck Hagele, Project Patch Executive Director

  5. Provides guidance and heartfelt words to help you on your journey. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Apr 2019

    TEACH Services received the following review:
    "Whether you are needing spiritual encouragement for yourself or for a loved one, this book provides guidance and heartfelt words to help you on your journey. My husband and I both enjoyed the author's sincerity and personal experiences shared, and we can't wait to recommend the read to others.”

    ~ Judy Jarnes, Retired Administrative Assistant and Sabbath School Leader in John Day, OR and Rolf Jarnes, Educator, Youth Leader, Church Elder, and CRNA in John Day, OR.

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