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Leota's Garden
By Francine Rivers

Once Leota's garden was a place of beauty--where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she knelt before a loving God and prayed for the children who couldn't understand her silent sacrifices.

At eighty-four, Leota is alone, her beloved garden in ruins. All her efforts to reconcile with her adult children have been fruitless. She voices her despair to a loving Father, her only friend.

And God brings a wind of change through unlikely means: one, a college student who thinks he has all the answers; the other, the granddaughter Leota never hoped to know. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?


Here's what a reader had to say:

"The fruit of Leota's Garden is a growing empathy with my own family members and a deeply rooted appreciation for my Christian heritage."
--Angela, St. Louis

Discussion Questions

Leota stepped up and was financially responsible for her in-laws and own family during World War II. In today's society, do you think women would do the same? Why or why not?

Eleanor and Leota had a broken relationship. How can people in similar situations reconcile? Is it ever too late?

In spite of all the adversities she had to overcome through the years, Leota's words and actions touched and changed many people's hearts. Why do you think that was? Can you think of someone you know who is like Leota and why?

Anne Lynne struggled with conflict with Eleanor. The Bible says, "Honor your mother and father." As an adult, how do you maintain that as well as set healthy boundaries?

Many people blame either their parents or their past for being they way they are. At what point should you take responsibility for your life, why, and how?

Why do you think Fred was so patient with Eleanor and her temper tantrums?

Why do you think Annie felt she couldn't have a relationship with both God and a man?

To think about:

Annie tells Corbin that in God's eyes there's no sin worse than another. Do you have any sins in your life you feel are unforgivable?

Are there parts of your life that need God's intervention? If so, why haven't you let him?

Do you have a "Leota's Garden" where you can connect with God? If so, where and why?


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