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Confession, solitude, service, studying the Word, praying, simplifying---these are the qualities that foster a flourishing, fruitful garden within our souls. In this book Keri Kent explores how the disciplines of gardening parallel the disciplines of our spiritual lives. As we work with God to create the right conditions in the soil of our souls, growth will follow. And the harvest will be glorious. Contains "digging deeper" questions at the end of each chapter.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2002
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
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"Keri joins an ancient stream of thinkers and writers who look at the growth of all living things and reflect on the growth of the heart. Jesus teaches the deep wisdom that we cant make it happen by ourselves, but we have much to do. It requires wisdom. "Keri writes as a mom, wife and active, real-world person. I remember hearing about a parent who asked once at a seminar on desert spirituality--'Is there childcare in the desert?' If you ever ask that kind of question--how is growth possible in my world?--this book is for you. For it turns out that while there might not be childcare in the garden, caring for children can become one of the ways that God causes the garden of your soul to grow. "Her approach is accessible--anybody who really wants to grow can jump right in. Its also realistic--you dont have to resign from your life and go be a hermit someplace. Her voice will bring hope to people who may have felt stagnant for too long. "So heres to growth. Read the book--slowly if you can--but read it with an eye and ear for Gods hand and voice."
"With wisdom and humor, Keri Kent offers a practical handbook for gardening the soul. Both the novice and the experienced gardener will delight in her backyard tussels and triumphs, and anyone can grow spiritually through these honest insights to nurturing a relationship with God."
"If the thought of the spiritual disciplines intimidates you, then stop by The Garden of the Soul. Keri Kents wonderful book helps us understand the importance and excitement that come from cultivating our spiritual life. It will make you want to sink deeper roots with God--and maybe plant a garden too!"
"Our first home was a garden where we were surrounded by natural images that served as teachers for cultivating our spiritual lives. When we left the garden and made cities for ourselves, we lost our connection with the soil. What Keri Kent has done through the garden of her own backyard is to reconnect us with our first teachers whose soft-spoken lessons are winsome as they are wise."
Terra Hangen5 Stars Out Of 5December 17, 2006Terra HangenI included this book in "Ten Fabulous Gardening Books" in www.positivelyfeminine.org. The author shares good tips, stories about her life and gardening, and writes that like a plant needs water, we need prayer daily.