Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Water My Soul


How does your spiritual garden grow? What do you do to keep your Christian life flourishing? Darla Weaver explores these ideas as she connects gardening to spiritual growth in a new devotional,Water My Soul: 90 Meditations from an Old Order Mennonite (Herald Press, September 2017).

Touching on themes such as humility, contentment, right living and forgiveness, each meditation includes a daily Scripture reading, poignant prayer, and journal prompt or response idea designed to motivate and strengthen readers.

“As I worked in my ever-expanding gardens, I was amazed how often God used the natural world to open my eyes to new spiritual truths,” Weaver writes.

As an Old Order Mennonite living in southern Ohio, Weaver spends her time gardening, cooking, caring for her family, and living as much as possible off the land. Weaver bares her heart in these 90 devotionals, all drawn from her home-centered life, and encourages readers to root themselves deeply in love of Christ and service to others.

Women especially will relate to these meditations sprinkled with stories from Weaver’s children, marriage, Old Order Mennonite community and wider friends and family.

My thoughts: WATER MY SOUL is a meditational devotional mixing gardening, parenting, and  a spiritual application. Not as deep spiritually as most devotionals it does give you something spiritual to consider and think about, along with a prayer, and an application to think about and/or put into practice.  

There is a couple pages of a day in the life of an Old Order Mennonite, and a question and answer at the end about some of the differences between Amish and Old Order Mennonite. 

If you -- or someone you know like all things "plain" then WATER MY SOUL will be a good book to consider. It would be beneficial to help meditate on scripture (but again, it is NOT a deep devotional, so if you hunger for more "meat" this is not what you are looking for.)  It also has a bright, sunny  cover that will make you smile and brighten your day just looking at it. 

Footnotes are included so you can do more research if you desire. 

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own. 


Darla Weaver’s first book, Many Lighted Windows, was published in 2016, and she has written for Family Life, Ladies Journal, Young Companion, and other magazines for Amish and Old Order Mennonite groups. Before her three children were born she also taught school. Her hobbies are gardening and writing.

$12.99 USD
5.5 x 8.5 in. paperback
ISBN 978-1-5138-0241-1
eBook  $8.99 │ 978-1-5138-0243-5

Release date: September 5, 2017 
Available from Herald PressAmazon, Barnes & Noble and your favorite bookseller. 


Marilyn R. said...

Water My Soul would be nice as an extra deovtional or to read at lunch time for a pick me up. Sounds like this would be a nice deovtional for gardeners to brighten their days. Thank you for sharing. I like the simplier life but want some meat in my quiet time with God. :)

Marie Bast said...

Sounds like a refreshing devotional. Thanks for sharing Darla and Laura.

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