I'm not a gardener.
In fact, I'm so not a gardener that I realized I don't have a single plant growing in my home. I have a few container plants on the front porch which I remember to water when we're in the middle of the blazing Texas summers.
(Do you hear that? I think we can hear Margaret Rose's heart breaking right now.)
And yet I read and enjoyed her A Garden of Visible Prayer about making prayer gardens. I readily agreed to read this book, which I'd normally never do.
It's because I like the idea of a garden. I suppose I'm what you'd call an armchair gardener just as many people read cookbooks they'll never use (which makes me cry, but that's another story).
I also enjoy reading almanacs, believe it or not. (Is that armchair farming?) I love the rhythms of the physical year moving through its cycles, which may be a reason I love the Catholic liturgical year so much. Margaret Rose Realy combines the two by taking the best tips for gardening year-round and linking them with the Catholic liturgical year to weave a lovely devotional for everyone.
Each month has:
- gardening focus for that time of year
- traditions and feasts
- saints appropriate for gardening
- faith-filled gardening keyed to the liturgical year (a Lenten garden in March, a rosary or angel garden in October)
- practical gardening advice
- Biblical reflections
- prayer focus
I haven't finished this book because I want to read it as the year unfolds. Even if I never get out in the garden, I go walking daily. This is the sort of book that keeps me connected to the nature that I experience even on those little jaunts.
Highly recommended for the practical, faithful, and armchair gardeners.
It was a free review book. But they were my own opinions.