Practicing for Paradise by Marjorie Haney Schafer

Practicing for Paradise

Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening
by Vigen Guroian
Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1999
(95 pages; $9.00, paper)

by Marjorie Haney Schafer

For centuries, Christian writers have examined the garden as a symbol of the spiritual life. From the Book of Genesis onward, the garden has served as an image of the soul and its growth. Vigen Guroian in Inheriting Paradise continues this tradition as he ponders the myriad ways that gardening and gardens reflect and inform the spiritual life.

Before completing ten pages, the reader discovers the source of Guroian’s spiritual insights: “I am an Armenian Orthodox belie . . .