Friday, September 2, 2011

Conversations with a Moonflower

I double booked my blog for this one day, SO, if you're here for the Back to the Books Blog Hop today, click on the tab at the top (or you can just scroll down one post).  You'll find all the instructions to enter the giveaway there.

But if you have an extra moment in your blog travels today, you can enjoy my review of Conversations with a Moon flower by Christine Hall.

Just look at her.  Doesn't Chris have a great smile?  And that smile comes through in her new book.  You can tell Chris is naturally cheerful. Productive.  Happy.  Busy.  Perhaps even a little harried at times.

Yes, like so many of us, Chris found herself at a point in her life when she was busy with her job, her family, and her church.  But then a gift from a friend, her first moon flower plant, presented her the opportunity (and excuse!) to slow down and start thinking about who she was, what she wanted, where she was headed, and what was most important in her life.

As Chris's neighbors began noticing the bench in her yard that, oddly, faced her house, she had the nightly opportunity of sharing the moon flower with her neighbors.  Now with her book, she is sharing her experience with many more people as she describes some of the realizations she came to while sitting near her moon flower and waiting for it to bloom.

At first, Chris's conversations with the moon flower are almost whimsical, but as she gets better at listening to the moon flower, the questions and answers get deeper. The insights come more easily. The feelings become more profound.

While Chris and I differ in one major way (I am really good at taking time to sit still!) I still found areas of similarity, things in the book I could identify with.  My favorite part of the book was Chris's story about bungee jumping.  Chris, I had to put the book down to cry and cry for you, for all of us I guess.  The moon flower, if you all didn't know, blooms at night--different than all the other flowers.  I love the simple idea of blooming when you are ready.

Conversations with a Moon flower is a really sweet book you should read.  I would feel comfortable recommending this book to anyone.  It would make a really nice gift, and you can get free moon flower seeds with your purchase.

You can read more about Chris on her blog Here.  This is her post about returning to Conewango Valley, and was what first interested me in reading her book.  When I heard about this blog tour, I knew I had to be part of it.  I received a free copy of the book for review, but have been compensated in no other way for my honest opinion.

6 comments:

Maggie said...

I've seen this book making the rounds in the blogosphere and it sounds like a great one. Thanks for the review!

Chris said...

Misty -Thanks so much for you thoughtful and kind review of my book. It is so interesting to me the different things that people learn from reading it and the different lessons that touch them. I so appreciate the time you took to read my book and share your feelings with your readers. Thanks so much! Chris

Heather said...

I love it! I'm going to have to go check this one out. I don't know what it is with me and book covers late, but I LOVE this one! :)

Rachel Brooks said...

You're right- she does have a great smile :) Thanks for the book recommendation!

Also, I’m a new follower—wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? http://rachelbrookswrites.blogspot.com/

Su said...

Wow, this book sounds great! Adding it to the list! Thanks for the review! (That is a lot of exclamation.)

Jan Morrison said...

This sounds like a lovely book - I can think of who I would like to get it for - so will look for it at my independent book store! Thanks for dropping by, my fellow campaigner! Your site looks lovely.