We have about a half-dozen or so CWG authors who have written Lenten devotionals, and over the next few weeks, I’d like to introduce a few of them. First up is Margaret Realy, author of the freshly-released Cultivating God’s Garden Through Lent (Patheos Press, January 2013).
This book has received the Catholic Writers Guild’s Seal of Approval, and the feedback from our evaluators was favorable all-around. Here’s one evaluator quote:
A Lenten Journey enhanced through reflecting on doing what you love to do is brought out in Realy’s book. The healing power of Lent is noted in her book. As a horticulturist, I was captivated by her reflections. This makes for a great meditation any time of the year as well.-Bro. Joshua Seidl, SSP
Read several more endorsements from CWG members here.
Also, I know it isn’t a Lenten devotional, but I’d like to recommend Margaret’s first book, A Garden of Visible Prayer, for those of you getting ready for spring, and trying to figure out how to install a prayer garden into your yard or parish grounds.
I had the good luck of being one of the SOA evaluators for that book — honestly, I pounced when I saw it come across the evalutor’s list, because I knew I wanted to read it. A year later, I wrote to Margaret to thank her for her contribution — I was sitting in my yard one day, and realized that I did indeed have the little garden quiet spot I’d always dreamt about, and it was her book that had shown me what I needed to do to make it possible.
Margaret’s work is very much about that spot where body meets soul, and she has a knack for identifying those practical tricks that help a body do what the soul needs. Nicely done.
Where to find Margaret online and in the real world:
The Catholic Channel on Patheos http://www.patheos.com/blogs/prayergardensCatholic Mom, www.catholicmom.comtwitter: @realymfacebook: facebook.com/margaretrose.realy
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