God chose a garden setting for the dawning moment in human history. The first marriage took place in a garden, as did the first temptation. Jesus used gardening metaphors to communicate deep spiritual truths. He spoke of good soil, bad fruit, people as branches, and himself as the true, life-giving vine.
Growing up as a missionary kid in Bolivia, Jed Snyder tended the chickens and pigs and worked in the extensive gardens that supplied his boarding school with food. Those early experiences instilled in Jed a deep love for growing things. Now a seasoned home gardener and pastor, Jed knows well the delights and frustrations of cultivating flowers, fruits, and vegetables. As a happy by-product of his labor, he has also cultivated wisdom.
In Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in My Garden, Jed observes that our lives unfold in many ways like a garden, with seasons of sunshine and seasons of rain. His collection of stories—some humorous, some poignant—offer insights and help us apply meaningful life lessons. We can’t always control our environment, but as Jed illustrates, we can tend our gardens with care, grow deeper in faith, honor Christ more completely, and enjoy a sweet, eternal harvest.