(Pre-Order) My Father is the Gardener, Devotions in Botany and Gardening of the Bible
Author: Shelley S. Cramm
Illustrator: Layla Luna
Foreword by Lytton John Musselman, Ph.D.
Copyright ©2022 Shelley S. Cramm
Specifications: 6.5” X 8.25”, 272 pages, hardcover, color illustrations throughout
About the Book
My Father is the Gardener digs into the plants, gardening, and landscapes of the Bible, unearthing inspiration in the routine ways of caring for plants and keeping a garden. Shelley S. Cramm leads you through the gardener’s work—chores like preparing soil, watering, weeding, cultivating, and composting—to understand these practices as enriching garden metaphors full of wisdom and meaning in daily life. Her selection of Biblical plants, from flower bulbs to vegetables to shade and fruiting trees, connects horticultural subtleties to the deeper purposes of God.
Pleasing-to-the-eye pages await you, marrying classic botanical illustrations with mesmerizing macrophotography of pressed plant specimens from the BRIT Herbarium and supporting institutions. Artist Layla Luna offers original drawings with an earthy, playful style, stirring God’s Word to whorl off the page and into your heart.
Whether you are a seasoned gardener and confessed plant geek, or you are starting a garden and budding in faith, you will gather much from this delightful look at the world’s oldest gardening book. A wonderful gift for your favorite gardener!
About the Author
Shelley S. Cramm loves to see the ancient words of Scripture come alive in today’s gardens. She is the author of devotions for God’s Word for Gardeners Bible, writes regularly for her Devotions Blog at www.GardeninDelight.com, and speaks enthusiastically to garden clubs and faith groups about plants of the Bible and how to connect garden work and harvest joys to the Word of God.
Her background includes a Master of Architecture from University of Illinois, Chicago; work in architectural and garden design; and leadership in local Bible study, prayer groups, Toastmasters International, and GardenComm: Garden Communicators International.
Inspiration to write about plants of the Scriptures and gardening metaphor grew out of a routine of morning journaling and an enduring hope to finish housework and get out to the garden. She and her husband, Topher, have five grown children and live in Irving, Texas.
About the Illustrator
Layla Luna is an exhibiting painter with a focus on southwestern landscapes and is the author-illustrator for The Lolly Stories, a children’s series. The exploration of home, nature, and storytelling are the major components of both her painting practice and illustrations, rooted in a love for the desert, fueled by a newfound confidence to play. Her gallery of work can be found at www.laylaluna.com.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Texas Christian University and studied at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, where she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art. Artist-in-residence programs around the country have played a large role in feeding her need to explore and create work in new environments. A Fort Worth native, Layla lives in her hometown with her husband, toddler daughter, and three pups.