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Number of Pages: 132
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2000
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The Garden of the Soul: Cultivating Your Spiritual LifeKeri Wyatt KentInterVarsity Press / 2002 / Trade Paperback$17.10 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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"Most authors write of their early mothering years long after their kids have traded diapers for designer jeans and a bottle of milk for a diet Coke. But Kent wrote this book with preschoolers playing--or sleeping or fighting or laughing or whining--in the background. The result is a realistic book."
"At-home mom Keri Wyatt Kent shows how the responsibilities of parenting are connected to prayer, listening, service, simplicity, and solitude. She assures readers that even amid the guilt, pressures, and diapers, any mother can grow in her relationship with God."
"Kent, a mother of two preschoolers, speaks with authority on motherhood's daily distractions. An excellent choice for women's study groups."
Author: Keri Wyatt Kent
Submitted: August 10, 2000
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a work-at-home mother of two young kids (now 4 and 6). I wrote the book when they were very young. I'm married to a wonderful man, Scot. We attend Willow Creek Community Church.
What was your motivation behind this project? My passion is for spiritual transformation, to shepherd people into a deeper walk with Christ. I wrote this book so that I would remember this season of my life, and the things God was teaching me in it. I hope to encourage other parents, to remind them that spiritual growth is possible in any season of life.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Encouragement, but also, motivation, to be intentional about inviting Jesus to be with you in the midst of the sometimes chaotic world of family life. I want them to know they can grow spiritually and that God cares deeply for them.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Lee Strobel is a mentor of mine as a writer. Dallas Willard has inspired and taught and helped me so much. Richard Foster's writing has also been a big influence. John Ortberg, my pastor, has encouraged and led me to a deeper spiritual life. Ruth Barton, fellow InterVarsity Press author and my small group and ministry leader, has had a huge impact.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Spiritual growth is not about how many times you manage to squeeze in a "quiet time" each week. Rather, it's about inviting Christ to be a part of every part of your life. Caring for young kids can be an opportunity to grow, if you let it. Also, you matter to God. He cares deeply for you, no matter where you are at in your spiritual journey.