Last year I reviewed a delightful book by Fran Rogers called Two Full Plates. If you missed that review I would highly encourage you to go back and read it. You can find it here. The Garden of God’s Word is another fine book by author Fran Rogers. Mrs. Rogers is a wife/caregiver to her husband of over 50 years, as well as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, When someone of this stature sits down to write a book, we would all be wise to read it. On a personal note, I read Mrs. Roger’s books slowly (much slower than I read most books) because I want to absorb every word written by this dear saint.
As I sat down to read this book (the first time around) I was immediately struck by the chapter titles. The table of contents lays out a very clear trajectory for what lies ahead. The chapters outline the course which you will read for the next hour or so. It is there that we discover that Rogers will be leading us to discover that scripture Informs, Reforms, Transforms, Conforms, and allows God to Perform His work through us. In other words, to quote the author,
God, through His Word and His Holy Spirit, has done all the previous work ~ informing, reforming, transforming, and conforming us, so that He may perform His own work through us.
This is the message of The Garden of God’s Word — That the Word of God is sufficient to not only inform us of what we out to believe and how we ought to behave, but it is also sufficient to equip us for this life as we are changed by its words into that which God has promised to complete in us. Mrs. Rogers doesn’t leave room for the ruggedly individualistic Christian who believes that he can reap the blessings of God’s word by sitting alone however, and she gives a wonderful explanation of how the unity of the body is achieved by participating in the life of the Word together:
This is the means of unity in the whole body; as each member studies, learns the truths, and joins in like mind and spirit to portray the image of Christ that is seen there.
As with Two Full Plates, The Garden of God’s Word is written in the wonderfully affectionate manner which you would expect to read from a dear friend. I would encourage everyone to pick up a copy of this extraordinary short book, grab the warm beverage of your choice and take the time to pour over this book as if you were reading it from a longtime friend.Take the words in this book seriously- there is a lot that we have to learn from Fran Rogers as she magnifies the glory of God by unfolding the wonderful garden that is the Word of God.
Where to purchase The Garden of God’s Word
You can find The Garden of God’s Word at Amazon or at the author’s website, God’s Grace, God’s Glory The book is available in both hardback and ebook formats — both of which are very (VERY) reasonably priced.
About the Author
Fran Rogers is a 77-year-old wife/caregiver to Jerry, her husband of 55 years; mother of two, grandmother of six, a great-grandmother; musician and gardener; a writer for twenty-five years, now publishing; in her second childhood, and loving it!
All her books are about God’s grace and goodness, His power and glory, proclaiming the legacy of God’s kingdom to His people. As a caregiver for her children, grandchildren, her dad with cancer, her mother with Alzeimer’s Disease, and her husband who is an amputee with heart disease, she challenges and encourages Christians to grow and to rejoice in their relationship with God through His Son, the Holy Spirit and His written word.
Profits are donated to missions, MTW and Heart Cry Missionary Society, Samaritans Purse and other missions and charities as the Lord leads.
Learn more about her ministry, and follow her blog posts at https://godsgracegodsglory.com.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Fran Rogers in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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