It was with great excitement that we eagerly opened a package from Conciliar Press on Friday afternoon just minutes after our UPS man handed it over! Inside was Jane G. Meyer's latest masterpiece, The Hidden Garden: A Story of the Heart. It is a book with a truly lovely message of hope, forgiveness, and redemption.
Written as a parable, The Hidden Garden is an old man's exhortation to his little grandson to tend the spiritual garden in his heart with prayer, love, and good deeds. The author's poetic writing weaves the old man's tale beautifully as he recalls a life living without Christ and then the change that comes over him as he asks for help from the Lord. Masha Lobastov's illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to Jane Meyer's story. They are bold and colorful and yet possess a dream-like quality that is captivating to young children.
As Great Lent quickly approaches, I can think of no other book to purchase this year to help children understand the benefit of drawing closer to the Lord. They will receive gentle instruction on praying ceaselessly, loving one another, and helping those in need. The Hidden Garden is a gem that you will enjoy reading with your child over and over again!