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Each child is born with a unique personality, individual talents, and specific abilities. Wouldn’t it be nice if they’d come with instructions too?

Each child is born with a unique personality, individual talents, and specific abilities. Wouldn't it be nice if they'd come with instructions?
I want to tell you about a beautiful princess. She was a daughter of the most awesome King, the King of Forever and Ever. On the day Sarah was born a shout rang out across the land that began a grand celebration. 
Sarah’s parents taught her, laughed with her, hugged her, and kissed her. They loved her and helped her prepare to fulfill her purpose as a daughter of the King. 

Each child is born with a unique personality, individual talents, and specific abilities. Wouldn't it be nice if they'd come with instructions?

The next part of the ceremony was very special and mysterious. The planting of Sarah’s garden—a garden started from a unique mixture of seeds chosen just for her. No one else had a garden exactly like Sarah’s.

This was to be Sarah’s special place with beautiful beds of flowers to reflect her outer loveliness and represent the beauty of her tender heart. A place to remind her that she was extraordinarily precious to the King.

Sarah’s Garden is a parable for girls of all ages. It tells of the struggle in each of us to flourish in our strengths rather than persisting in our weaknesses.

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You will join Sarah as she deals with confusion and frustration trying to care for her special garden.

Find out who the King sends to help her after the ogre, the nasties, and the “trashy” villagers make a mess of her garden, and discover the thrill she experiences when she learns of her true identity and the fabulous future that awaits her.

I wrote Sarah’s Garden in 2008, and dedicated it to my mom, Sarah Eunice, the guardian of my childish heart, and the first caregiver of my garden. A garden planted of personality, talents, and gifts . . . a one of a kind mixture of seeds given by God for His plans and purposes.

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for your young child’s garden? Do you feel anxious as she transitions to caring for that precious garden herself? Do you find yourself frustrated over gardening challenges—your child’s? Your own?

There is hope! And that is the message of Sarah’s garden. The hope of a beautiful garden. Unique. Personal. Beautifully planted by and for the King of Forever and Ever.

I loved writing this story
and would love to give away hundreds of copies this weekend. 

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Each child is born with a unique personality, individual talents, and specific abilities. Wouldn't it be nice if they'd come with instructions?

One last thing, my friend, Rebecca Mueller was only 12 years old when she created the illustrations for Sarah’s Garden. Share this with any budding artists you know. Encourage them to keep drawing and use those artistic seeds for the glory of the One who made them and loves them more than they can ever imagine.

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  1. What an amazing tribute to your mum — and a helpful tool for parents of little girls.

  2. Julie Lefebure says:

    Thanks, Deb, for the book! I can’t wait to read it. I’m traveling next week, so I plan to read it then. Thank you again for hosting Blessing Counters. I just love this space of yours. May God bless you today and in the weekend ahead. Much love to you!

  3. Mary Flaherty says:

    I loved this book! I remember being very impressed by the illustrations from a 12-year old! Great message for girls of all ages-even one who’s 55! I hope you give away thousands!

  4. Thanks for the book Deb. I work a lot with young children so looking forward to reading it.

  5. Raising Samuels says:

    Thank you for offering a free copy of your book. I am very excited to read it! Thanks for hosting and hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  6. Laura Thomas says:

    Deb—this is such a beautiful idea for a story. I’ve downloaded and look forward to checking it out later! Encouragement and reassurance for young girls is essential, so thank you for creating this little gem. They need to know they are loved and cherished by their Heavenly Father. And well done to your young artist 🙂 Stopping by from Weekend Whispers.

  7. Mary Geisen says:

    Deb-this parable is so beautiful (the snippet you shared). What a blessing to give it away free this weekend. praying your weekend is blessed. Thank you for linking up at Weekend Whispers.

  8. I can’t believe that those were drawn by a 12 year old! They’re gorgeous! Please pass my compliments on to her. I’ll definitely check out the book – it sounds interesting.

  9. Shann Eva says:

    Sounds like such a great children’s book, and I love the illustrations. I will be sharing!