"I thoroughly enjoy Tom's writing.
He is presenting the beauty of his Lord Jesus revealed in the well-tended flowers of his church's Gethsemane Prayer Garden.
You will want to spend time in these pages and allow the love of our Lord to flow over you through the beauty of His own creation.
Amazing insights!" Iris Godfrey, CEO, Psalm 19 Ministries
ISBN-13:978-0981621326 Genre:Christian gift book Number of pages:82, full-color Trim size: 8.5" x 11"
out of 5 stars,
List Price:$19.95 (USD)
An endearing gift book that Christianwomen greatly enjoy
I prefer to let the testimony of others do the promotion for this flower-based journey in love.
Identified below are some of the many reviews, mostly from women, as they shared their thoughts on A Garden of Love.
This 8½" x 11" full-color gift book includes 30 inspirational messages.
Each reflection begins with a look at the beauty of a flower that God created; using poetic prose and encouraging Scriptures, the emphasis moves into facets of love:
compassion, etc. If this is to be given as a gift, I recommend that you select one of the flowers such as the iris or cosmos with a statement such as: "I bought you this book because, after reading about the iris [or cosmos or other], I was so reminded of you."
Here is what Kathy who lives near Syracuse, New York wrote about this book of love that she gave to a good friend. She recalls,
"I do remember her real curiosity about the theme of the book –
the connection between words of the Bible and the names of flowers.
She is an avid flower gardener herself and a fervent Christian.
I remember she seemed so moved by the photographs –
we sat studying them for a long time, and her resulting commitment to visit the garden to experience the peacefulness of being among the flowers.
It is a work of art and a treasure."
See what others have been written about A Garden of Love:
Jenny received this book as a Christmas gift from a dear life-long friend. In a hand-written note to me dated January 5, 2013, she penned these words,
"I wanted to write you to let you know that this book filled an empty spot in my soul that I didn't even know I had.
I love flowers anyway, but your book is so much more than this.
It is just lush and lavish and abundant with all things pointing to our Savior on so many levels.
Your writing is also beautiful: descriptive, instructive and so creative as you compare and contrast each bloom with some aspect of the Godhead.
Many thanks for creating both this garden and this wonderful book to reflect in."
Mary Martha attends the church that is associated with the Gethsemane Prayer Garden;
she was married in the garden in September 2012.
Mary has bought many copies of A Garden of Love over the years as she just loves to give them away.
At Christmastime 2012, she bought a copy of the book for each of her attendants at her wedding.
Lela Mae was given her copy of A Garden of Love
from a spiritual daughter.
On September 29, 2012, she visited the Gethsemane Prayer Garden for the first time where she stated:
"I thoroughly enjoy this book. I read it as a daily devotional; it is beautifully written.
I just had to come see the garden so I could experience it myself."
She subsequently purchased an additional six copies so she could pass on the blessing.
Marjo, in her blog on May 2, 2012, wrote,
"Through the book 'A Garden of Love', the author manages to share a portion of the love and thoughtfulness
that is daily invested in this haven of beauty!
As an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers, I appreciated the large colorful pictures and the imaginative Scriptural comparisons accompanying each plant." …
"You will not be disappointed."
Hayley Kolb is a young mom that wrote on her blog on April 17, 2012,
"I think this is a lovely book!
The photographs are astonishing and the Scripture that goes along with the photos is perfect.
I would be proud to give this as a gift book, and to have it sit on my coffee table, and share with others." The full entry may be seen at
Sally Ferguson wrote a glowing book review on February 18, 2012.
She begins by writing, "Thomas B. Clarke grows 'A Garden of Love.'
His work at the Gethsemane Prayer Garden at Faith Chapel in Syracuse, NY brings great satisfaction to the heart.
Even more than being eye-pleasing, the thoughts Clarke has accumulated into his book nurture the soul.
'A Garden of Love' is a devotional that includes gardening know-how.
The book is tastefully done with 8½ x 11 photos that capture Clarke's beauties in full bloom.
Browsing through the eye candy becomes a soothing walk that transports you to the Gethsemane Prayer Garden."
Continued at http://6497855.bravejournal.com/entry/80004.
On February 16, 2012, social marketing expert Keiki Hendrix wrote,
"This is a book for the quiet times, for times of reflection.
The vivid photos added greatly to the book. They helped me identify the flowers by name.
These reflections remain with me."
The full book review may be seen at
Cara Covey, in her book review on GoodReads on January 30, 2012, states that the author
"Writes intuitive and encouraging gems of biblical truth as he walks you through this garden with pictures and prose.
I find the artistry of this book both restful and nourishing to my spirit …
I recommend this lovely book for young and old alike. I think it a good volume for springtime family devotions."
Laura Hilton, wife of a pastor and a regular contributor to her blog Lighthouse Academy, wrote,
"If you or someone you know is an avid gardener, then you'll want to get a copy of 'A Garden of Love' for yourself or your loved one or friend.
This is a perfect book for perusing, can be used for a devotional, and gives information about the flowers.
I recommend this book."
See her full blog entry at http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/2012/01/garden-of-love.html.
Bob Sorge, author of many Christian books including Secrets of the Secret Place, stated,
"I really enjoyed the beautiful photos of the flowers in this book, and found Tom's applications to biblical principles fascinating and refreshing.
I think you'll enjoy this book too."
Dr. J. Lee Simmons, President of Missio University, is quoted on the back cover,
"I am amazed at this book." …
"I was deeply touched by it.
It is Holy Spirit inspired and wonderful. It seems as if the Holy Spirit wrote it through Tom.
I love the common theme of God's love throughout it."
Sharon Oppedesiano, teacher of a women's Bible study, wrote this on Amazon:
"I love this book!The descriptions of each flower as they relate to God's love for us has left such lasting imprints in my mind of ways that God cares for me.
Visual pictures like this book creates have great lasting impact."
Jennifer T leads a college ministry along with her husband.
On Amazon's website she wrote,
"My husband and I were touched by the depth of spiritual application for each flower.
God's creation has so much it can teach us!
A must read for anyone who enjoys flowers and desires to know the LORD more."
Connie Arnold, inspirational poet and author of three books, wrote on Amazon's website,
"Love truly blooms in this book with the lessons each flower has to offer,
along with appropriate Scripture verses, inspiring a feeling of Christ's love within as you read."
To summarize, this is the audience that seems to enjoy this book the most:
Most of the above are women; this book does not sell very well at Valentine's Day because we men are often clueless what our wives really want.
I presume that all of the above confess their faith as a Christian.
As I talk with those that purchase this book, they all seem to appreciate the intricate beauty of flowers.
Some have told me they have a green thumb while others clearly do not; yet all would be considered flower lovers.
There seems to be an ageRange aspect: most women are 35+ years old.
Possibly because many of the younger women do not yet have gardens.