Synopses & Reviews
This lyrical primer on the spirituality of gardening reflects on the relationship between a gardener and his or her garden. Meditating upon how interaction with the earth opens the heart, schools the mind, engages the body, and embraces the soul in a world of increasing detachment from the natural realm, this book affirms a garden as a soulful space where people can take root and experience the changing seasons and the enduring cycle of renewal. Filled with the joy of living, this enchanting spiritual guide will speak to those who yearn to find the holy in the place they call home.
"Beginning with winter, when both her garden and her spirit seem to be buried under snow, Norris cycles through the four seasons of a gardener's heart. Norris (Becoming Bread; Inviting Silence) writes lyrically about dormancy and transformation, soil and nourishment, roots and blossoms. Perhaps most poignantly, her discussions of spring and summer beauty are tempered by the knowledge that each flower is ephemeral and destined to die, only to resurface again in the beautiful round of life. Norris's short reflections are balanced by quiet and meditative poetry on facing pages, inviting deeper rumination about how God can be discovered in the act of gardening." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A Mystic Garden is a lyrical primer on the spirituality of gardening, affirming the garden as a soulful space where people can take root and experience the changing seasons and the enduring cycle of renewal. Gunilla Norris shares with us a years time in her New England garden, and shows that all she observes there illuminates the sacredness of the everyday.
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"Gunilla's garden is truly a sacred space...where the soul may put down deep roots, be nourished, and grow." Margaret Silf, author, The Gift of Prayer and Inner Compass"This book is a rare blessing you will return to again and again." Gail Straub, author, The Rhythm of Compassion"I was almost breathless with wonder at the beauty of Gunilla Norris's words." Bishop Desmond M. Tutu"Treat yourself to the beauty and bountiful insights of this book." Joyce Rupp, author, Walk in a Relaxed Manner"A gem-like meditationmore like a whispered prayeron the gifts the soil can bestow on the soul." Peg Streep, author, Spiritual Gardening"Norris exquisitely observes the seasons of a garden and draws a parallel to the seasons of our lives." Marcia Kelly and Jack Kelly, coauthors, Sanctuaries"A gentle, beautiful book that fills one's heart with joy and lifts one's spirits." Joan Medlicott, author, The Gardens of Covington