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Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Hall
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Over the years through the contemplative practice of daily early morning gardening, internationally popular gardening blogger Kathryn Hall has garnered 52 succinct and powerful metaphors or life lessons. She then illustrates each with timeless heartwarming stories from her own life, sure to capture the reader's imagination.

Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden is built upon such life lessons as:

*Clean up after a storm.
*Feel not obliged to make good use of every ripe fruit on the vine.
*Fiercely guard the seedlings.
*Judge not the flower by its bud.
*Resist the temptation to plant more than you can care for.
*Gently guide the tender vine else it become wild, tangled and impossible.
*Move gently among bees.

Early praise for Plant Whatever Brings You Joy:

"Plant Whatever Brings You Joy is an invaluable resource for understanding 'the garden' as a source of healing, growth, solace, joy, wisdom and understanding. This is a spiritually uplifting and wise book!" --Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Four Fold Way and The Second Half of Life

"...as luscious as a peony in full bloom. Thank you for walking me in the garden of your heart." --Dawna Markova, Ph.D., author of I Will Not Die an Unlived Life and co-author of Random Acts of Kindness

"I loved it! It is ostensibly a book about Kathryn's life...her life in different countries and in different parts of America, her beloved daughter and her many gardens--yet it is so much more than this and touches the heart (my heart anyway) because of it." --The Nutty Gnome, blog, UK

"Simple and profound, it will help awaken your own graceful flowering!" --Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing and The Last Ghost Dance

"It is a testament to the skillful writing style, seemingly so easy and natural, and life affirming lessons to be considered that your readers will make this book their own; it is just that kind of book: a book to treasure." --Philip Bewley, Philip's Garden Blog

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Estrella Catarina (22 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X4KWEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #967,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Kathryn Hall is an internationally known book publicist, who has spent the major part of over three decades promoting books designed to make a difference, expressed in her popular tagline, "Changing the world one book at a time."

Kathryn is also the author of the book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden (Estrella Catarina, 2010), a popular gardening blogger (Plant Whatever Brings You Joy), a passionate gardener, a devoted mother, a keen Nature observer and an animal lover. She was the contributing health writer for The Financial Times Guide to Business Travel (Financial Times/Prentice Hall, London). Her articles have appeared in Science of Mind magazine, Ode Magazine (Netherlands), Personal Excellence, Bird Watcher's Digest, the San Francisco Business Times, Journal for Quality and Participation, Western North Carolina Woman, Training and Development Journal and Garden Writer Association's Quill and Trowel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Liz
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved it!
It is ostensibly a book about Kathryn's life, her multiple house moves, her life in different countries and in different part of America, her beloved daughter and her many gardens - yet it is so much more than this and touches the heart (my heart anyway) because of it.

The book is divided into 52 chapters of varying lengths, all having very temping titles such as 'Aim for beauty','Appreciate small returns','Clean up after a storm' and - my favourite title, 'Move gently among bees'. The titles intrigued me and pulled me in.
I planned to read it in one go - manageable at 228 pages, but it didn't work out like that.Kathryn's memories and experiences are rich and fascinating, but they also deliver clever but gentle metaphors for self discovery and learning - both hers and her readers.

She has a canny nack of making her last sentence in the chapter either a statement or a question, both of which seemed designed to make me go "oh, what? yeah! I do that!", " Ooops, perhaps I could have done that differently?" or "Hmmm, maybe I ought......!", but always making me stop and think. Hence the reason I couldn't read the book all in one sitting, no matter how much I wanted to, as I just had to have some thinking time.
She writes in such a way that I found myself smiling, nodding and even, on more than one occasion, my eyes filling with unshed tears - from both pleasure and sadness previously held in. Memories of people, places and events long forgotten or sometimes supressed came unbidden into my head as I read.
This is a thought provoking book that stands repeated readings - and I will certainly be dipping back into it on a regular basis. Her motto for her book publishing company is 'Changing the world one book at a time' and she has certainly done that for me with this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Planting, pulling weeds, pruning or trimming branches. To a non-gardener like me, all these sound like the names of tortures rather than the simple joys of gardening. Or take for that matter the names of plants. Visteria, Honey-suckle, Jasmine. Don't you just think they take on the names of strange little gods? Gardening is surely not my cup of tea.
So when my friend gave me "Plant whatever brings you joy" by Kathryn Hall, I was terrified. The titles of the chapter confirmed my fear. "Harvest seeds for the future gardens' or "Test and amend your soil". Oops. But I decided to give the book a chance and started reading it. And very soon I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!! It turned out that the book in fact it is about everything but gardening. It is simply a wonderful collection of true stories that happened to the author. One of my favorite is about rattlesnakes. The brave author learned to - let's put it mildly - cope with them. And evolved from fearing them to handling them like a circus artist would handle a whip. That's how she impressed the new neighbors. No wonder. Then there is a story of how she tamed a Siamese kitten. It is endearing. And very sad one of how she lost another cat because she had no fence... In fact, I can't really say which story I loved most. I would have to say all fifty two. Because they are not only a slice of life written in a gripping way. At the end of each story there is a gem. Some simple truth about life, however trivial it may sound. So after you read the whole book you are enriched with 52 great life guidance statements. They just remind us about all those things which are good in life and which we often forget or neglect. "Share generously your bounty", the author says. Well, I am very grateful to her, she did so with hers. Thank you Kathryn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blessed wisdom from the garden 26 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This garden book doesn't seem to be big, just 228 pages. But if you read it, impression is changing - the book grows much, much bigger. "Blessed wisdom from the garden" becomes heartwarming book of treasure.

Cover design fits perfectly the nature of the 52 short stories embracing the garden and life, written in unique style. When I read a book or Kathryn's blog I am always astonished with her easy, natural and skillful writing style. I bet, that use of words will also surprise you!

When I read it, I wanted to enjoy every page, every story as long as possible, because I had a feeling that a close friend is sharing life wisdom and whispering life affirmations to my ear. This garden book is not only filled with entertaining backyard stories, it brings also intense spiritual beauty - these stories teach and nourish soul and spirit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening wisdom from the universe 17 Oct 2010
By EwaInTheGarden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This garden book doesn't seem to be big, just 228 pages. But if you read it, impression is changing - the book grows much, much bigger. "Blessed wisdom from the garden" becomes heartwarming book of treasure.

Cover design fits perfectly the nature of the 52 short stories embracing the garden and life, written in unique style. When I read a book or Kathryn's blog I am always astonished with her easy, natural and skillful writing style. I bet, that use of words will also surprise you!

When I read it, I wanted to enjoy every page, every story as long as possible, because I had a feeling that a close friend is sharing life wisdom and whispering life affirmations to my ear. This garden book is not only filled with entertaining backyard stories, it brings also intense spiritual beauty - these stories teach and nourish soul and spirit.

Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy To Read 26 July 2010
By Joanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I LOVE THIS BOOK! And, I cannot wait to share it with everyone I know. I so admire this author's zest for life and living and her strong desire to learn about and experience so many things. Her stories and the wisdom they impart are truly inspirational. Her writing immediately invites you in and keeps you wanting more. And, once you have read these stories, you are all the more the richer for it. It is like sipping a cup of tea from a fine china cup while sitting with a dear friend as she shares from her heart the stories of her life. Enchanting, lovely and moving.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book and a joy to own. 12 Aug 2014
By murcon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My initial encounter with the physical book itself was a feeling of comfort; the cover conveys a sensuous experience in which I actually smelled an imagined rose scent upon looking at it for the first time. Even the shape and size of the book and the smooth paper cover suggested caring, attention to detail and a sense of "Keepsake"-a work of art you keep with you, to re-read, share with others and cherish over the years as it holds important lessons in life, gleaned from the Gardens of our Lives that seem to get lost in the frantic pace of our 21st century lives! Blessed Book it is, meant to nuture, inspire, encourage, entertain, companion, surprise and fortify the reader. Kathryn Hall, as writer, has gleaned what are really the sources of Joy in our human experience and found the perfect words to express that. Kathryn has a beautiful voice and her Book Sings to our Souls.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a Treasure! 28 Sep 2014
By Maloah Stillwater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a Treasure! Filled with deep, insightful and often funny stories of gardening and of life, Kathryn gives voice to many of life's lessons with a kind heart, wise mind and a great sense of humor. She skillfully weaves her experiences into metaphores for this path of life we all share- embracing it, nurturing our hearts in the process, and blessing us with wisdom.

I am giving this book to my friends who are gardeners as well as to those who don't plant a thing! The spirit of this book is about living an authentic life, being true to yourself, and planting whatever brings you joy, whether it is in your own psyche and how you live your life, or what you plant in our beautiful earth. Gardeners will take special pleasure in her stories, as many are familiar. And for each person who enters the world of this book, there is poetry, beauty, and a gift to treasure. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is a Garden! 19 Sep 2010
By Lucia C. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a light, informative, fun, smart, a true gift on an otherwise heavy afternoon.
By following Kathryn's life path we learn that our life is a garden to be nurtured. You can really mold it into a master piece as long as you make the effort and put in the work. What a great teaching tool from a great life well planted and harvested.
Life or garden whether small or big, you can see the results in every plant. So plant only what brings you joy.
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