Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent

On Friday, I outlined my Lenten reading plan.

On Sunday, I read Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent by Margaret Rose Realy and my Lenten reading plan changed.

I didn’t intend to read it all in one day, but it was one of those Sundays where I had both the time and the inclination.

And the book pulled me through. It’s filled with images that make me feel dirt under my fingers, with descriptions that make me scrunch my nose at the waft of fragrance, and with experiences that make me feel the sun on my back.

Realy’s relating to God through nature and creation spoke to my farm girl sensibilities. She reached through the distance between page and reader and pulled me into spring. She made me consider Lent as a time of growth in the very best ways.

I’ll be rereading this book during Lent. I’ll be sharing it with a few of my favorite fellow gardeners.

And, better yet, I think I’ll be traveling through Lent with that lovely feeling of having done good work well.

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About Sarah Reinhard

Looking for Sarah Reinhard? Chances are she's hiding from her kids with her nose in a book...which is just too bad for the housework and cooking. Her greatest delight of late is how her kids are becoming bigger bibliophiles than she is. (And she's really only a beginner and a hack at that.) She’s online at,, and is the author of a number of books.