In Seasons in My Garden, award-winning writer Sr. Elizabeth Wagner reveals how tending to a garden in her Maine hermitage brought her to a deeper understanding of what it means to have faith, love others, and hope in the mercy of God. Her keen eye for the most intricate details of nature will help you find a path that brings you closer to God as well.
Sr. Elizabeth Wagner believed God was calling her into deeper contemplation, so she built a hermitage in the Maine wilderness in order to ponder nature and become closer to God.
Seasons in My Garden is a thought-provoking series of meditations, written as Sr. Wagner watched her own monastic garden progress through the seasons. Her reflections invite you to look over her shoulder as she tends to her beautiful garden and meditates on the mysteries of God’s creation and how it corresponds with her own life.
In this captivating book, you will relate to Sr. Wagner as she struggles with feelings of a cold heart—just as her garden lay frozen under a foot of snow—and realizing that God was working to renew her spirit. As sudden storms threatened to destroy her hard work, Sr. Wagner will help you understand that careful preparation of the soul will help you resist the temptation to resent others.
Seasons in My Garden intricately weaves insights from Sr. Wagner’s own growth through the seasons with spiritual guidance and an understanding that patient tending to your soul will help you grow into a beautiful garden that God can use to reflect his glory.
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Sr. Elizabeth Wagner’s work has appeared in a variety of periodicals, including Catholic Digest, Capital Weekly, and Willow Review, where she won the prize for nonfiction in 2011.
Spiritual meditation through creation is a long-standing contemplative tradition in the Western Church represented by writers such as Thomas Merton and St. Augustine.
"Mini-retreats for the soul."
"Walking with Elizabeth Wagner through Seasons in My Garden is to understand what it means to live a contemplative life. Eliciting wisdom from her encounters with Maine’s red apples, peach trees, English Roses, and even intractable Japanese beetles, she meditates on nature with the same mindfulness that she uses to consider scripture. In doing so, she provides us with mini-retreats for the soul in each beautifully written chapter."
Author of Atchison Blue
"Lovely collection of meditations."
"Seasons in My Garden celebrates the earthy heart of Benedectine wisdom in this lovely collection of meditations on gardening, spirituality, and the seasons of the year."
Author of Befriending Silence
"In her lovely book, Sr. Elizabeth Wagner weaves liturgy, prayer, gardening, and praise into a beautiful lectio divina of nature. Her writing leads us into a deeper contemplation of the Creator and his creation."
Margaret Rose Realy
Author of A Catholic Gardener's Spiritual Almanac
"A delightful book, filled with wisdom!"
"In this insightful and engaging book, Sr. Wagner invites us into a spiritual life where one touches God and the true self among bare trees, blooming roses, and a listening heart. Wagner tends her garden and plants seeds in the soil of our souls. A delightful book, filled with wisdom!"
Author of Seeking Surrender
"This is a deep, deep, book which bears careful reading, yet it is so joyously, beautifully written that it simply captivates and entrances the reader, feeding mind and soul alike with challenges, beauty and faith. A Must-Read!"
Sian (Elizabeth) Williams
The Garden Window blog (UK)