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Digging in: Tending to Life in Your Own Backyardby Robert Benson
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The story of a small garden large enough to hold everything in life that really matters.
“These days the portion of Eden for which I am responsible is fairly modest. . . . It is a small house in a small garden in a small neighborhood. But it is large enough . . . Large enough to hold everything dear.”
Digging In tells the story of the authors move into an early twentieth-century cottage with a long abandoned back yard, and the work that he and his family had to do to bring a garden to life there. It is the story of the way that the garden became the ground upon which deeper relationships with his family, friends, and neighbors began to blossom and grow.
Written in the gentle, revealing prose for which Benson is acclaimed, this is a lyrical and wise book, beautifully evoking the wonder of planting and seasons, humorously recalling the challenges and the struggles of the labor itself, and carefully observing the simple truths and timeless joys that were there to be found.
"Benson, well known for his books on prayer and meditation, turns his heart toward home in this lovely book about putting down roots. When he and his wife, whom he calls the 'master planner,' moved to a Victorian cottage in a city neighborhood, its yard, sloped and nearly bare of grass, became their canvas. Fencing, rose garden, fountain, pool and studio were all added, vicarious treats for readers as Benson transplants into words the spiritual truths he unearthed during each project. He's a gentle guide through the ups and downs of lawn care, fence painting, fountain placement and pool installation. Throughout, he combs his memories, encouraging readers to do the same. He laughs at himself as he takes the small, quotidian details of creating a home and life and nurtures them into the larger spiritual meaning of how to live in 'this place where we have dug ourselves in.' Benson's words soothe and lull, but just as often burst into a glorious bloom of epiphanies that will dazzle readers, gardeners or not. 'If we are to have any roots at all, we must find them in the places where we are now, on this day,' he says." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
An acclaimed author artfully portrays the wonder of a garden and the things that grow there: plants, children, relationships, home, and faith. A feast for gardeners who moon over seed catalogs, it's also for general readers who simply enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the armchair gardener who won't pull a weed but will watch an hour of gardening shows on television.
About the Author
Robert Benson is an author and retreat leader who writes and speaks often on the meditative life. He has written numerous books including Home by Another Way. He and his wife, Sara, live in Nashville, Tennessee.
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