Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening
|Darton Longman and Todd (2001)|
|1 copy available|
The garden is a personal place of retreat and delight and labor for many people. Gardening helps us collect ourselves, much as praying does. For rich and poor‚?? it makes no difference‚?? a garden is a place where body and soul are in harmony.
In Inheriting Paradise Vigen Guroian offers an abundant vision of the spiritual life found in the cultivation of God's good creation. Capturing the earthiness and sacramental character of the Christian faith, these uplifting meditations bring together the experience of space and time through the cycle of the seasons in the garden and relate this fundamental human experience to the cycle of the church year and the Christian seasons of grace.
The tilling of fresh earth; the sowing of seeds; the harvesting of rhubarb and roses, dillweed and daffodils‚??Guroian finds in the garden our most concrete connection with life and God's gracious giving. His personal reflections on this connection, complemented here by delicate woodcut illustrations, offer a compelling entry into Christian spirituality.
Barbara Brown Taylor
In Vigen Guroian's garden there is no border between the sacred and the secular. Buried turtles, crushed grapes, fragrant lilacs, and budding tomato stakes all become sacraments of paradise, fertilized by his rich mix of Orthodox theology and personal reflection. Even those with no dirt under their fingernails may find comfort and challenge in this testament to the resilience of divine life.
From The Critics
"A charming and inspiring, densely packed small book.... An elegant book, with deep personal insights, Inheriting Paradise should be read with care and kept for further inspiration."