"Experiencing visible results from the earth is immensely gratifying in the fragmentation of today's world…. This retreat, Your Spiritual Garden: Tending to the Presence of God, is designed to allow you, the retreatant, to discover the life-giving work that can go into daily living for six months or six years when you grow into a deeper relationship with the Master Gardener, God."—from the Introduction
The Old and New Testaments are rich with garden imagery—it is present in creation, the passion, the resurrection and many parts in between. In our daily lives gardens offer us beauty and respite in the hectic and chaotic world around us. Pegge Bernecker's Your Spiritual Garden: Tending to the Presence of God is a six-week retreat designed to release the inner gardener in all of us. Using Scripture, prayers, meditation, physical and communal activity, as well as participation in the Eucharist, Bernecker teaches us to tend our spiritual garden and ultimately cultivate our relationship with our "Master Gardener."
Read a 5-star review on www.amazon.com “…students from Catholic colleges to send her "little things" they do that nurture their individual, distinctive relationships with God. She aptly describes the offerings as "short paragraphs of grace," that touched her soul. The book is divided into eight sections, including time made holy, gratitude, and engaging bodily presence, each with a brief introduction and reflection questions.”
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November 2008: "One Mother's Dream" is picked as a top "101 Best Ever" Chicken Soup story and included in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christian Kids! (2008)
"One Mother's Dream" shares my life-long hope of becoming a Mom ... and ultimately of becoming a foster-adoptive Mother."
Two short stories "Lost and Found" and "Prayer Shawls" included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Catholic Faith.
Lost and Found tells the amazing story of Kenai, a Cheaspeake Bay Retriever, who survived for nine months, lost and alone in a harsh Wyoming landscape.
"Threads of belonging weave us together knitting themselves into homes and hearts ... bringing courage, consolation, healing, and a deep acknowledgment of the interwoven nature of God."
Every Day Catholic publishes Pegge's first article about suicide: "Beyond Suicide: Trusting God with Our Broken Hearts"
Pegge's Blog Searching? Discover the Significant in Daily Life
Subscribe free to Listen: A Seeker's Resource for Spiritual Direction, published by Spiritual Directors International
Editor, Pegge Bernecker
Listen to Pegge's live interview on Catholic BookMarks!
#614 (April 1-2, 2006) Real Player | Windows Media
Interview with Pegge Bernecker, author of “Your Spiritual Garden: Tending the Presence of God” (St. Anthony Press).
Pegge's Amazon Author Page