Item description for Leota's Garden by Francine Rivers & Flo Schmidt...
Overview Once Leota's garden had been a place of beauty and refuge from deep wounds, but now, it was forlorn and abandoned, like Leota herself. At eighty-four, Leota is alone, bereft of the companionship of her adult children, who never understood the sacrifices she had made for them. She voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend. And God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: a student who thinks he has all the answers, and a granddaughter Leota thought she'd never get to know. But, can the pain and suffering brought about by keeping painful family secrets be healed before she runs out of time? With skill and sensitivity, Francine Rivers explores what happens when people make choices that affect the lives of those they love as well as succeeding generations, opening our eyes to an issue with both human and spiritual dimensions. Leota's Garden touches heart and spirit, pointing to the One whose resurrection from a Garden Tomb makes possible lasting peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Once Leota's garden was a place of beauty – where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she knelt before a loving God and prayed for the children who couldn't understand her silent sacrifices. At eighty-four, Leota is alone; her beloved garden is in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless. She voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend. And God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one, a college student who thinks he has all the answers; the other, the granddaughter Leota never hoped to know. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook, CD
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 216.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.94" Width: 5.88" Height: 1.06" Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2004
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1589266714 ISBN13 9781589266711
Availability 0 units.
More About Francine Rivers & Flo Schmidt
Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market and her books were awarded or nominated for numerous awards and prizes. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books, and then re-released by Multnomah Publishers in the mid- 1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea set during the time of the California Gold Rush is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction and continues to be one of the Christian Booksellers Association’s top-selling titles; it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.
Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes - all bestsellers- and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous awards including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA award for Inspirational Fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers’ of America Hall of Fame. In 2007, the feature-length film version of her novel The Last Sin Eater was released in theaters by Fox Faith. In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when Her Mother’s Hope debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream, debuted at #12 on the same list just 6 months later, in September, 2010. Francine’s novels have been translated into over twenty different languages and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries including Germany, The Netherlands, and South Africa.
Francine and her husband Rick live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their five grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.
Francine Rivers currently resides in the state of California. Francine Rivers was born in 1947.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Leota's Garden?
A mixed bag Nov 17, 2008
What did I love about this book? I loved that Leota was so real--an elderly woman with a heart, soul and backbone. I loved that she had a granddaughter that came and administered to her at a lonely time--without resentment. She truly rejoiced in serving her grandmother. Infact, I was inspired to do more to reach out to my family after reflecting on some of the tender passages of sacrifice and selflessness on the part of Anne-Lynn toward her grandmother. However...
There were also some troubling issues for me. First of all, Anne Lynn came across as synthetic and shallow--way too "glory hallelujah" all the time. She lacked substance and it was difficult to care for her as much as I came to care for Leota, Corbin and even Eleanor. Furthermore, as one who believes that God is a big proponent of marriage, I had a hard time swallowing Anne-Lynn's being, basically, "married to Jesus." God heartily endorses marriage and family.
The time frame was also problematic for me... Okay, so Eleanor was, what, 46? The book seemingly took place in the 90s--with cell phones and computers--but Eleanor could remember living through WWII... She should have been atleast 60. Also, Leota was apparently 38 when Nora was born... I inferred from some passages that she was a very young mother during the war years... Yet she was apparently already well into her 40s (considering how old Nora was at that point). My logical side kept interrupting my reading with nagging questions about what the heck year it was supposed to be... The author didn't work out the timeline in a way that made sense, so focused did she seem to be on her religious message. In the end, there was more message than story here.
What's more, I did feel that Rivers used this novel as a soapbox time and again, filling her story with way too many of our society's issues... Somehow, the religious messages seemed to be more gently woven into her Mark of the Lion series. The last couple of her books that I've read (Atonement Child and this one) lacked that subtlety and left me understanding why so many in our culture today think of us Christians as narrow-minded zealots. Even when she's preaching in favor of views I hold near and dear, I find that I'm uncomfortable with her "Bible-thumping" approach to complex issues.
That said, I do carry away from this book a desire to be kinder to my friends and family. So it was not a wasted effort.
Garden Analogy Aug 23, 2008
Leota's Garden was a sweet story that revolves around Leota's Garden. The story is about a 84 year old neglected woman whose garden is neglected as her. She calls for help. A volunteer who is a college student learns more from Leota than he thought he would when he started volunteering to do a survey for a class. After being estranged from her family for many years her Granddaughter shows up and loves the garden as much as Leota does. Leota uses the garden to teach life lessons to the whole family and the college student that becomes more than a volunteer, in her life. I thought the plot was rather slow. I was disappointed in this book after reading so many others of Francine Rivers.
OK, tender, but not gripping. Aug 16, 2008
Rivers has a gift, no doubt about it. But this story did not affect me as most of the others I have read.
Sick twist Jul 4, 2008
I was glued to this book for the two days it took me to read it so you can imagine my utter shock and frustration when the book took a twist turn at the end concerning Leota and a medical technician. It was so unnecessary. It would have been nice for Leota and her daughter to reconcile or at LEAST die a normal peaceful death. I was very disappointed but overall enjoyed the dialogue throughout the book.
The Halloweeen "skit" was too drawn out for my liking but Leota was such dear I read to find out more and more about her sweet self. Other parts of the book caused me to raise my eybrows... How "predicatble" that the black kids would have an absentee father who was probably "in jail." There were enough odd placed comments concerning race to make me squirm in my seat but I suppose that was the author's intent. Bottom line is this was a good book but I probably wouldn't recommend it. The "feud" between mother (Leota) and daughter (Nora) seemed entirely overblown. And Annie was too perfect to be true. It was a pleasant book and this is Just my two cents.
I loved this sweet book! Jun 26, 2008
Leota's Garden I absolutely loved this book! I can't wait to read other books by Francine Rivers now. It was just the neatest portraial of a granddaughter's love for her grandmother.