Plant Whatever Brings You Joy is a book that you can’t put down once you start reading it. The author, Kathryn Hall, does a masterful job of intertwining autobiographical vignettes with life lessons learned in the garden. Her message is simple and profound ~ live your life with passion and joy. This inspirational book will touch your heart and open you up to the possibilities of living a rich and authentic life.”
–Fran Sorin, CBS Radio News correspondent, author of Digging Deep

“When I read it, I wanted to enjoy every page, every story as long as possible, because I had a feeling that a close friend is sharing life wisdom and whispering life affirmations to my ear. This garden book is not only filled with entertaining backyard stories, it brings also intense spiritual beauty – these stories teach and nourish soul and spirit.”

~Ewa Szulc, Ewa in the Garden

“Hall has come up with 52 insights from her quarter century of gardening — illuminating the human adventure. Personal anecdotes lead to portable wisdom that can spur the reader to transformation.”

~Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, in Spirituality & Practice

Plant Whatever Brings You Joy is not a ‘how-to’ gardening book but, rather, a book of observations about life gathered from the garden. Skeptical at first, I was stunned to discover Hall’s lessons learned in the garden echoed my own thoughts. It was startling, as if our minds are one. I imagine it will seem so for most readers who put their hands in the soil or tromp through the woods…Hall skillfully writes with the style of ladies who lunch. Her writing is a joy to read: elegant, fun and definitely unique…Buy this book now.”

~Mary Jansch, Dig-It! Magazine

Plant Whatever Brings You Joy is an invaluable resource for understanding ‘the garden’ as a source of healing, growth, solace, joy, wisdom and inspiration. This is a spiritually uplifting and wise book!”

~Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Four-Fold Way and Signs of Life

“This delightful book of easy-reading stories will plant much wisdom in the garden of your life. Simple and profound, it will help awaken your own graceful flowering!”

~Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singing and The Last Ghost Dance

“I loved it! This is a thought provoking book that stands repeated readings – and I will certainly be dipping back into it on a regular basis. Her motto for her book publicity company is ‘Changing the world one book at a time’ and she has certainly done that for me with this book!”

~Liz, The Nutty Gnome blog, UK

“Through metaphor and story, Kathryn Hall calls forth images of what it means to cultivate our inner garden. This revealing collection sheds light on the soul’s yearning for beauty, joy, and meaning wherever you are.

~Alan Briskin, author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace

“This gentle book has made me more aware of the wisdom available in all small acts–a delight that stays with you–and a large gift.”

~Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Turning to One Another

“The garden as a metaphor is by no means a new literary concept but this is a fabulous packaging of that idea. The format–52 lessons through 52 stories–lends itself to a once-a-week devotional. This small book is proof again that what we all really need, we probably already have or have access to, whether that’s proper gardening tools or the therapy that pulling weeds, helping things bloom, and indigenous wisdom can mete out.”

~Daiva Chesonis, owner of Between the Covers Bookstore in Telluride, Colorado, in Telluride Watch

“Kathryn Hall has written a gentle book, one that you can easily pick up and read for a few moments and not feel guilty setting it down for you know you will again look to it for wisdom or solace. Written in a simple format of 52 chapters that examine some aspect of gardening and then relates that to a happening in her life and to aspects in all lives, the book effortlessly leads the reader from chapter to chapter as if wandering along a beautiful garden path.”

~David Dennis, A Garden Runs Through It, Master Gardener newsletter, University of California, Davis

“Gardens have been with us since the time of Eden. They teach, they nourish the body and the soul, they beautify. Plant Whatever Brings You Joy is also a garden — of delight, of wisdom and of sustenance.”

~Martin Rutte, co-author Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work

“What a lovely, lovely book Kathryn has given the world.”

~Anita Bruzzese, freelance writer and editor

“This is such a deeply personal book. It is so much a part of you, and the passion and energy are tangible. It is part of the beauty of this book that I suspect your readers will want to share their own stories. It is a testament to the skillful writing style, seemingly so easy and natural (which takes lots of discipline to accomplish) and the life affirming lessons to be considered that your readers will make this book their own; it is just that kind of book: a book to treasure.”

~Philip Bewley, Philip’s Garden Blog

“Women are nourished by other women’s stories. Hall links metaphors she has drawn from gardening with stories from her colorful life experiences -inspirational words of wisdom to guide others through their life transitions. Her humor, authenticity, and courage shine through each story, and her probing questions at each chapter’s end invite the writer to move more deeply into the process of self-transformation.”

~Patricia Montgomery, educator and author of Mythmaking: Heal Your Past, Claim Your Future