Book Review: A Catholic Gardener's Spiritual Almanac

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A Catholic Gardeners Spiritual Almanac

A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac by Margaret Rose Realy (Ave Maria Press, 2015) is a “book designed to take your desire to be near God and find a way to make him more apparent through your gardens. We can bring elements of our faith into outdoor spaces to help us focus on prayer, see more clearly relevant Bible passages about nature and appreciate our Catholic heritage on a deeper level.” Designed for an experienced gardener, it offers both spiritual and practical information on gardening.

Realy offers a topic for each month: January, seeding; February, light; March, pruning; April, preparing the soil; May, beginning to flower; June, transformation and new life; July, storms; August, fruitfulness; September, harvesting; October, preparing for winter; November, dormancy and rest; and December, discerning what is of value.

Each month includes “a garden theme focused on the Church’s monthly dedication; liturgical events or topics during the month, Bible stories or verses related to the theme; stories of saints . . . including gardening-related saints; practical gardening tips . . . and faith-filled gardening activities.” Realy includes some innovative ideas for creating themed gardens, including ones based on the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and a Christmas garden.

A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac would be a lovely addition to any Catholic gardener’s library. Even as a non-gardener, I found the symbolism and saint stories to be very interesting.

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Copyright 2015 Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur.
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Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is a life-long Roman Catholic, homeschooling mom of two boys and an adopted young girl. The editor of Today's Catholic Homeschooling, she is also the author of "The Catholic Baby Name Book" and "Letters to Mary from a Young Mother," and has a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She blogs at http://spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com

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