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Leota's Garden | [Francine Rivers]

Leota's Garden

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 83, 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....
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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 83, 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?

©2006 Francine Rivers (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Shelfish IL, United States 09-09-13
    Shelfish IL, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Great one from Francine Rivers"
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    After reading "Her Mother's Hope" and "Her Daughter's Dream", I couldn't imagine enjoying a book any better. But Leota's Garden came very close. The story almost paralleled my own life dealing with a self-centered mother and a self-less grandmother. It brought tears to my eyes many times. I enjoyed it and can't wait to see what Francine Rivers come up with next!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 06-24-13
    Bill 06-24-13 Member Since 2015

    Christian man in 50's looking for good fiction

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    "One of the best books I've ever read"

    Heartwarming and inspiring on how I should live. I wish every member of my family would read it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SC 06-27-15
    SC 06-27-15
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    "A wonderful story but..."

    I enjoyed this story once I got over the performers voice. It should have been a younger sounding voice. I as really put off by it at first, but I Persevered until it didn't bother me anymore. Loved the story.

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    Raleigh F. Lane, Jr. Nashville, TN United States 06-06-15
    Raleigh F. Lane, Jr. Nashville, TN United States 06-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    A really sweet story of how Christ can work in so many lives. A great read!

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    Tammie 06-05-15
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    Another faith building story. Rivers gets right at the core of family dysfunction and a real way to love each other. Assumptions and views of the past are lurking and creating a root of bitterness that is so naturally nursed and tended that we don't see its cost and depths of despair and regret that come as a package deal. The theme? Forgive first, forgive often, forgive freely because Jesus forgave me

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    Layla 05-29-15
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    I loved this story and it could have gone on for a few more chapters.

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    BRENDA 05-20-15
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    "Excellent!!"

    Leota's Garden was an awesome, spiritual journey into the garden of life. The comparisons are lessons to remember. It is actually causing me to start a garden and appreciate the magnificent beauty of God, the sacrifices that were made and the love that was given to each of us in a garden.

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    wookie's mom 01-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!

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    "A Bit Preachy"

    Francine Rivers is by far one of my favorite authors. This book, IMO, isn't one of her best. The sad events of this family and the missed chances of mending fences goes on a little too long. I was dissatisfied with the ending; it could have been better.

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    Kathy 12-22-14
    Kathy 12-22-14
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    "Wonderful story with excellent narrator"
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    I am slowly listening to all of Francine Rivers' books, and each one is better and better!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    carole Ormond, Australia 08-17-13
    carole Ormond, Australia 08-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    Sorry this book was not for me... to much reference to "The Lord" and "God..

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful

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