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Inheriting paradise : meditations on gardening
Guroian, Vigen.
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Grand Rapids, MI : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1999.
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xv, 95 pages ; 19 cm
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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.

Author Notes

VIGEN GUROIAN teaches theology and ethics at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also the author of Life's Living toward Dying (Eerdmans) and Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination (Oxford).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
I. Inheriting Paradisep. 1
II. Lenten Springp. 19
III. Fruits of Pentecostp. 31
IV. Transfigurationp. 43
V. Mary in the Gardenp. 55
VI. The Garden Signed with the Crossp. 65
VII. In the Juvenescence of the Yearp. 77
Acknowledgmentsp. 93