↠ Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time || ↠ PDF Read by ✓ Debra Landwehr Engle
Gardening is the most basic of languages, the labor from which we re all born and nourished In these pages, we travel the country with Debra Landwehr Engle as she visits 20 gardens and gardeners from California to Maine and Minnesota to Arkansas, showing us that grassroots campaigns actually can and do involve roots and seeds and garden trowels That any person wi Gardening is the most basic of languages, the labor from which we re all born and nourished In these pages, we travel the country with Debra Landwehr Engle as she visits 20 gardens and gardeners from California to Maine and Minnesota to Arkansas, showing us that grassroots campaigns actually can and do involve roots and seeds and garden trowels That any person with a steadfast resolve and an open patch of dirt can help bridge the gap between multinational refugees That lush vegetation and running water and cool stones can help spark the fading memories of our elderly And that our children can learn about where food comes from, labyrinths, wetlands systems, and healing from grief and loss just by digging in the earth with a caring adult hand to guide them.As the stories in this remarkable collection demonstrate, the simplest act of gardening can produce significant changes in the lives of people we might never even meet Consider the man who sends seedlings and greenhouses halfway around the world to feed hospital patients, or the immigrant woman who began selling her own flowers as a way to raise money for overseas charities, or the couple who offers their land as a midday retreat for the residents of nearby nursing homes These acts and others are not heroic or even unusual as Ms Engle tells us We see ourselves in these uplifting tales from the garden, as they inspire us to transform our own little parts of the world into places of greater peace, repose, play, and healing For gardeners, community activists, and those who understand the spiritual value of putting a spade in the soil, these stories capture the promise renewed each time we plant a seed and give us fresh ideas for changing the world, one garden at a time.
Debra Landwehr Engle
I grew up loving books Some of my earliest memories are of trips to the grand old library in downtown Des Moines, where we d pull book after book off the shelves in the children s section and carry them home with great anticipation One of my sisters I m the youngest of six kids and I had an ongoing contest to see who could read the most Newbery Award books We d pick up bookmarks at the library that listed all the award winners, then we d lose ourselves in Islands of the Blue Dolphins, Up a Road Slowly and A Wrinkle in Time Today, books continue to sustain me as both a reader and author because it takes so much care to craft a book and bring it to fruition Books allow us to sink deep into a story, experience ah ha moments that cause us to put the book down for a moment to catch our breath, and nudge us to see ourselves and the world in new ways Years ago, in meditation, I suddenly had an image of myself sitting in front of a coffee table covered with books that I d written or contributed to This was before my first book was published, so I was taken aback to see those volumes, looking as if they already existed I had the sense that writing them had been easy that they had created themselves Now, several books later, I can tell you they did take some effort But each had an impetus for being written a story that needed to be told, an inspiration that insisted on being shared, a message that was determined to change the world I think of a book as the fulfillment of a contract between Spirit, the author who follows that internal guidance, and the readers who select the book, hopefully with the same anticipation my sister and I had for those Newbery Award winners Books come about because, as writers and readers, we say yes to a seed of inspiration and then allow it to grow within us We read to know we re not alone, said C.S Lewis character in Shadowlands I m happy, and infinitely grateful, to write for the same reason.
↠ Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time || ↠ PDF Read by ✓ Debra Landwehr Engle 324 Debra Landwehr Engle
Title: ↠ Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time || ↠ PDF Read by ✓ Debra Landwehr Engle