Troubador Treasure at the Bottom of My Garden

Released: 28/06/2019

ISBN: 9781789017953

eISBN: 9781838599089

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Treasure at the Bottom of My Garden


A beautifully patterned tapestry that sheds light on our own hidden fears and dreams, a light that nourishes the seeds of holiness in our souls. This whole creation will give courage and hope to so many people trying to recover from any of the many shades of darkness endured.” (From the foreword by Fr Daniel O’Leary)  

Here is a story of transformation lived out through the ordinary events of the everyday. From the peace of her poustinia (prayer place) Judy invites the reader to share an experience lived out through the twelve months of the year. The seasons of nature reflect those of the heart as we journey from darkness and pain to the light of the present.

Poustinia is the Russian word for desert and a poustinia is a small sparsely furnished cabin, which is the perfect place for silence and listening, for communing with nature, and for developing a philosophy of life. Judy’s words and poetry, her experiences and insights, and most importantly her faith, have all been honed by the time she has spent here. The wisdom she has learnt here and the spirituality that infuses this place are described and explained in this book. It is this, combined with her understanding of Christian teaching, which is at the heart of her message.

This is a book to be read and savoured over time. From her poustinia, (a place of prayer), a simple wooden hut at the bottom of her garden, through her own poetry, insights and faith Judy sheds light on what it often means to be human.
In the front of her book she has the following words from Maya Angelou:
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer;
It sings because it has a song.
And Judy has a song – a song, honed out of a lifetime’s experience. A song that resonates with many of us. Honed out of shattered dreams and disappointments, illness and depression, out of love and support from Dave, her husband and the community of Tymawr amongst others, Judy invites us in the words of Kahil Gibran, to ‘accept the seasons of our hearts’.
Month by month Judy invites us to accompany her through the changing seasons of the year until in the final chapter she writes: ‘now there is an awareness that not only is there treasure at the bottom of my garden, but I am part of that treasure – as are you’. In the words of Richard Rohr: ‘the ultimate lesson is always resurrection’

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