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The Spirit of the Tree and Other Backyard Tales: Connecting to Creation
Nancy Nason Guss
AuthorHouse, 105 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781546203728
(Reviewed: May 2018)
What is the example we are setting for our children? Are we helping them find ways to be at peace or creating a better world for them? Nancy Nason Guss, a retired educator, answers those questions by providing her own recipe for peace and contentment: Start each day outdoors with a meditational reading and the willingness to feel the spiritual energy that connects us all.
To help readers share that simple pleasure of “just being,” she provides six read-aloud stories that are heavy on allegory, each blending the love of nature with a valuable life lesson, and suggested talking points for parents interested in exploring the themes with their children. All showcase God’s miracles and blessings, using situations in which humans interact with trees, birds, a river, and even a shriveled cactus.
Characters of all species get to speak their own minds. The cypress enjoys inhaling the carbon dioxide exhaled by a child, for example, and the birds have a long discussion about their obvious differences before agreeing that all creatures should live in harmony.
Guss writes in the third person about situations that perhaps come from her own childhood, creating intimate and evocative prose. Many of the tales are tenderly told, such as the brothers who learn from a misshapen tree to weather life’s storms by sinking their roots deep and letting God’s light shine on them.
God-centered adults seeking clean, inspirational bedtime reading,or pieces to read aloud to their children, will find that The Spirit of the Tree has much to offer.
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