Book Review – The Garden of God’s Word: The Purpose and Delight of Bible Study

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Little Books About the Magnitude of God
Fran Rogers
August 1, 2016
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Are you down and out, or are you up and about? Have you crashed, or are you soaring? Are you burned out, weary of well doing, without any sense of reward? Are you living in your own strength, or in the power of the God who created you? We see God revealed when Jesus lived here among men. He often asked the question, "What do you want me to do for you?" This important question is real today because the needs of man never change. In a world where humans attempt to live successfully by their own standards and power, we are in constant need of knowledge and strength beyond our own. We are taught by man that the more we work the greater will be our rewards. We try one thing and then another to find that deal that will make us special and wear ourselves out in the process. Then, we either give up or try something new. You may continue to ask, "What is God's plan for me?" If you are at this point, be encouraged that your Creator has the spreadsheet, and desires to show you what He can do for you, what He planned for you before the foundation of the world; so amazing that only He can do these things in you and through you. He speaks these words of truth and power in the Holy Bible and invites you to read and learn what He wants to do in your heart and life. We can see God's purpose in His Word. Here you will learn how to find God's will for you. What we read and study will either keep us down or raise us to new heights that we can never reach on our own. Meditation on God's word is the practice of those who know the supernatural power of the Spirit of Christ working in their minds and hearts. Through the printed word of God and the power of His Holy Spirit, He informs, reforms, transforms, conforms and performs in such a way that is beyond man's understanding. Here is profound knowledge of God's purpose for His creation. Seventy-seven years has brought the author of The Garden to share how God works even to old age in those who "wait on the Lord for His strength, so as to soar, to run and not be weary; to walk and not faint." She invites you to open your Bible and discover the delights of our Father's house and garden. Should we combine all our imaginations all that we could ask for or think of we would still come short of what He has prepared for us and waits to give us. "The garden of God's Word is a taste of what is to come in our inheritance and is a continual reminder that this wilderness is only temporary. His plans to bring us to an eternal paradise will not fail." The Garden of GODS' WORD

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

frFran 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.”

11 thoughts on “Book Review – The Garden of God’s Word: The Purpose and Delight of Bible Study

  1. Marla

    Oh I LOVED the other book by her. I MUST get this!!!

    • I’m so glad you got to read Two Full Plates Marla! You will enjoy this one as well.

  2. Eliza Carter

    “God, through His Word and His Holy Spirit, has done all the previous work. . . so that He may perform His own work through us”

    So perfectly said!

    You mentioned it is a short book. Is it something I can read in one night?

    • Anonymous

      YES.

    • Yes, that is another nice thing about this series. What you get is a straightforward treatment of the topic and you can read it in one sitting.

    • Eliza Carter

      Oh good! Thanky!!

  3. I think she hit the proverbial nail on the head with the quote on the unity of the body. I have tried all kinds of things to build unity and lo and behold, it happened on its own as we began to study the scriptures together and battle the flesh together as we were being conformed to glory. Only the Word could have done that. That and coffee. Coffee is a must. But not as effective as the Word of course. Okay, nevermind the coffee. It’s just nice to have.

  4. Good thoughts. It’s amazing how simple it really is if we allow the Word to do its work in us and produce faith.

  5. Clyde B.

    I learned this late in life. God’s word in my life looks immature and has very little fruit because I spent most of my life ignoring the Word. I’m what you might call a “mature” person. 87 this year. Most of my life was wasted but God’s grace found me.

  6. Norman Benz

    I tried to order this book on Amazon but it said I have an invalid order reference status.

    • Kelsey M.

      I had the same error! But I thought it was just God saying to wait until next paycheck so I don’t use a credit card lol! I didn’t try the other link because. Well. God was saying no credit card!

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