Title: Come to the Garden
Author: Jennifer Wilder Morgan
My rating is 4 stars.
Come to the Garden is an allegory based on the author’s personal experiences in her walk with Lord from childhood to adulthood. The story reflects how she has felt through various seasons of her life whether they were times of joy or sorrow. In the novel, the author tells of she felt God revealed Himself to her, spoke to her and walked with her through life.
As a reader, I would have preferred a more direct approach from the author such as stating what the life experience was and then sharing what she learned. I think the author felt safer in beginning her ministry by sharing about herself through a story after she had experienced giving talks about her gifts. There is neither mention nor scene that shows angel worship at all and for that I am glad. In fact, the author writes in a way that shows her heart being focused on the Lord.
Come to the Garden is in some places for me somewhat unbelievable or shallow. I read the story in one afternoon; it doesn’t take a lot of time. The author is passionate about studying the Bible and writes studies for groups. There were a few places where I am not in agreement with the author’s apparent doctrinal understanding on a theme represented in the work of fiction. Sometimes the author wasn’t clear on exactly what lesson the Lord wanted her to hear, but overall it was a good afternoon read.
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