Publisher and Publication Date: Tyndale Momentum. 2020.
Genre: Christian nonfiction. Devotional.
Audience: Readers of Beth Moore. Devotional readers.
Rating: Very good.
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Made To Flourish has a theme of horticulture with the master gardener being God.
In the introduction, Moore states she’s “been enamored with Christ’s teaching on the vine and the branches since I cut my teeth on Bible study.” Page 2.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15: 1-2. ESV.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:5-8. ESV.
Made To Flourish has 38 chapters. All of the chapters are one word describing something in gardening. Some examples are “Horticulture,” “Humus,” “Pruning,” “Transplant,” “Trellis,” “Compost,” “Dormancy,” and “Harvest.”
Each chapter is six pages. This includes the title page. Each chapter’s word is defined. A one page brief devotional content is followed by a Bible verse and a quote surrounded by art work.
Made To Flourish is a mix between an art book and a mini devotional.
A seasoned Christian who is a heavy Bible reader and student may not be drawn to this book because it is not in-depth. However, I enjoyed the book for several reasons.
1. It is an aesthetic book. The pages are cardstock thickness. Every page has artwork. Some of the images are photographs. Some are abstract. Some are drawings of fruit, leaves, gardening tools, a field. This is a book to pour over and enjoy with a nice cup of tea.
2. The book is approachable and easy to understand for a new Christian.
3. The devotional material is to the point. This is perfect for a person is not a heavy reader.
4. Several times I wrote down on paper quotes I want to ponder.
5. One of my favorite chapters is “Humus.” This spoke to my heart. It talks about the death of things. For example, “The death of certain relationships.” Page 67.
Bible verse links are to Bible Gateway.