Updated: Oct 7, 2021
My Review of "The Growing Season" by Sarah Philpott
We all have room to grow in our lives. We can grow spiritually, as wives, mothers, daughters, and friends. In The Growing Season: A Year of Down-on-the-Farm Devotions, author Sarah Philpott shows us just how we can do just that.
I am blessed to have been able to read an advanced copy of this book, and want to share my open and honest review with you. When reading books, it is important to me that they not only have a good story line, but that I can also relate to them. With this book, Sarah has done a wonderful job with both of these things. Her writing style is easy to follow and throughout this book I've been able to relate to the story line. She had me laughing, crying, nodding my head in agreement, and caused me to realize some areas where I need to really open up my heart. Areas like giving grace, accepting grace when its given to me, offer love before anger, and listen without judgement.
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Sarah also takes the time to remind us that we must also remember to guard our souls and our hearts. Take heed of what the Lord tells us to do regarding sins and wrongdoings, and try to remove those from our lives. She says that we need to care for our souls as a farmer cares for his soil. If he does not care for the soil in which he will plant crops, the crops will likely fail. This is true for us and our souls, if we don't actively seek the Lord and monitor what we allow into our lives, our souls can't thrive in the way that the Lord created them to do. Without seeking Him and the way that He wants us to live, we can allow for our souls to be hardened, and I know that it is a challenge to soften a soul once this happens.
Have you ever went through periods of moodiness, but you just can't pinpoint what your issue is? Sarah has a likely answer to that. When we fill ourselves full of the world, of comparison, and of wanting, it leads to moodiness, jealousy, and irritability. How can we get rid of this? The solution is more simple than you may think. Replace those things from the world, with God's word, and with things that He wants you to do. When we actively choose to be thankful for what we have, not seek or be jealous of what we don't, we find that the joy in our lives is more prominent than ever before.
I'll end my review with this beautiful quote. It is a quote that instantly brings tears to my eyes, and I feel no shame in that. It's a beautiful reminder that He created us to be us. Not to be our neighbor, not to be the person down the street, not to be our sibling.. He
wants us to be ourselves. Sarah does an incredible job in this book of guiding readers through each season, how we should grow, and reminding us to be the one God created us to be.
One last thought.. I know I said I was ending with that amazing quote, but I had to share this recipe from the book! Sarah is kind enough to share many more recipes, too!
If you'd like to pre-order the book, simply click it's title above to purchase off of Amazon. You can also head over to my post: The Growing Season - Q&A with Author Sarah Philpott where you will find links for all purchasing options.
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