The Fragrance of God
The garden is a personal place of retreat and delight and labor for many people. Gardening helps us collect ourselves, much as praying does. For rich and poor -- it makes no difference -- a garden is a place where...
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The garden is a personal place of retreat and delight and labor for many people. Gardening helps us collect ourselves, much as praying does. For rich and poor -- it makes no difference -- a garden is a place where body and soul are in harmony.
In this literary gem Vigen Guroian chronicles not merely the changing seasons but the course of his own life as he and his family move from Maryland to a new home near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Leaving the old garden behind and cultivating another garden become an emblem of our journey through life, marked as it is by both bitter losses and sweet new blessings. While deeply personal, The Fragrance of God vividly unfolds the great biblical themes of the grandeur of God's creation, the senses as "paths" to experiencing God, and the garden as a "place" of birth, death, and renewal.Laced throughout with quotations from Guroian's beloved church fathers and replete with theological reflection, The Fragrance of God will lead readers down a path of deeper insight into the creation and the Creator.
Vigen Guroian (Ph.D., Drew University) is a permanent Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center and professor of religious studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Previously he was Professor of Theology and Ethics at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. His many books include The Fragrance of God; Inheriting Paradise and Incarnate Love: Essays in Orthodox Ethics. His most recent release in 2010 was The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key.
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