Written over the course of 25 years, The Invitation to the Garden
is a spiritual journey described in verse and prose. The books
tells of Joanna's struggle to make sense of her faith while
suffering from recurring anorexia and severe depression. This
heartfelt story of self-development begins in the `jungle of life'
and leads to the garden of the title as readers follow Joanna's
passage from fear and darkness into light and love. The book is set
out in a series of paradoxes, each of which offers readers an
insight into Joanna's learning experiences. As the story continues,
readers witness how Joanna begins to understand her suffering,
daring to trust and finally coming to terms with her illness. The
book is narrated mainly in verse, with prose flashbacks to
childhood interspersed throughout. Joanna's own watercolours on the
covers illustrate each section of the story. Inspired by the poetry
of George Herbert, John Bunyan and T. S. Eliot, The Invitation to
the Garden teaches valuable lessons that will apply to a wide
variety of readers. The book will be especially interesting to
readers who have also suffered with eating disorders, depression,
or other mental health problems.
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