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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Gift from the Garden by Bernie DuBois is an unusual inspirational book with great spiritual depth and elements of self-help, a book that compares the changes that happen in a woman’s life with the life and behavior of plants. DuBois writes with wisdom and insight, and offers a message that will help readers, especially women, look at themselves differently, with eyes of love, understanding, and compassion. In the introduction, DuBois states: “My garden and the even more spectacular gardens of others help me stay calm and realize that the earth is a healing place, that where there is green there is hope, and that failure (or better put, a lack of success) is only temporary because each spring there is indeed a new beginning.” This book is the fruit of her connection with the garden, as she observes plants — roses, annuals, wildflowers, shrubs, herbs, noxious weeds, trees, and others — and identifies their behaviors and the different phases of their lives. But what exactly do these plants have in common with women and what can women learn from them?
Bernie DuBois’s writing is powerful and insightful, and readers will love how she weaves personal experiences into it, offering words of wisdom that will help anyone get through the doldrums of every day. She touches on a variety of themes that deal with human emotions, attitudes, responses to situations, and offers insights that will help women navigate life with more serenity, self-consciousness, and joy. Gift from the Garden might be a book written for women, but anyone can learn from its wisdom, including men. It’s a perfect offering, beautifully written, with colorful pull quotes to feed the soul every day.