Conversations with a Moonflower
What on earth had just happened to me? It was a plant, for heaven's sake! And with the exception of the bright yellow blooms, it looked more like a weed than anything you would purposely put in a garden. But this mysterious plant had captivated me, and I couldn't wait to tell the others what I had seen.
Chris's life is anything but peaceful when she returns to Carraugus County to clean out her deceased grandmother's home. But her life changes forever when an Amish woman invites her to watch a moonflower open. Chris never would have believed that a simple plant could lead her on such a remarkable journey — a journey that would remind her of truths she had long ago forgotten.
This debut by Chris Hall is guaranteed to uplift and inspire long after the story ends.
Once in a great while a book comes along at the exact moment you need it and changes your life. Let Conversations with a Moonflower be that for you as it has been for me. Thank you Chris. I will bloom as soon as I'm ready. — Amanda Dickson, radio announcer and author
By Lisa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Conversations with a Moonflower is a sweet little book. It all starts when the author, Chris, goes with her family to clean out her Grandmother's old house in Amish country. While there, a young Amish woman invites them to come see her moonflowers bloom. Moonflowers are unique in that they only bloom at night, and then fade quickly once the sun begins to rise. Chris and her family are amazed by the moonflower and are very excited then the owner of the moonflowers offers to send some home with them. Once back in Utah, Chris plants her flower and tends it into a beautiful plant. As the moonflowers begin to bloom, they seem to cast a spell over everyone who sees them. Chris's yard soon becomes a gathering place for friends and neighbors who want to see what these flowers are all about.
More than this though, Chris is able to have time to have "conversations" with the moonflower. Having struggled with ADD her whole life, Chris has often found it hard to sit still. However, with the moonflower she is able to sit back and reflect on things. She has great realizations regarding blooming when she is ready and accepting herself as she is among other things. These are all lessons we could stand to learn. I absolutely loved this book. Just reading about the calming effects the moonflower had on Chris seemed to have a bit of the same effect on me. I think so many times we get caught up in this super busy life without having time to just sit and reflect on things. We could all use some moonflowers in our life that help us to accept and love ourselves faults and all. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I have a feeling I will start giving these out as gifts. It is short and sweet, so anyone can find the time to read it. The lessons Chris learned while talking to the moonflower are universal. This world would be a much better place if we could all find moonflowers of our own.
Book provided by publisher for review.
By Kay, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Do you every feel that your life is so busy doing good things that you don't take time to stop and smell the roses? Have you ever watched a moonflower bloom? My life is like that a lot of the time and it was very easy for me to connect with Chris Hall in Conversations with a Moonflower -- And she is probably a lot like you, too! It’s a very quick read which I really enjoyed - enough that I’ve already read it twice and I’m sure will read again.
Chris takes you with her on a journey of discovering how to slow down life's hectic pace and create a "gathering place" to reconnect with family and friends - a quite place to ponder, listen to the spirit inside you and remember truths you knew from long, long ago - all from watching a moonflower bloom.
Join Chris as she goes to clean out her grandmother's house in Cattaraugus County, New York and is introduced to her moonflower by Marissa Yoder, an Amish woman who knows how to keep life simple. The Yoder family lived near by and helped her grandmother for many years and offered support to Chris and her family on this last farewell to the old family homestead.
By Michele, Submitted on 2015-02-25
There is something so beautifully simple and yet powerful about the messages in this book. I felt like they really spoke to my soul and fed my spirit. Chris Hall writes with warmth and sincerity and her words will connect with every reader on some level. Don't miss this book. It would make a perfect Mothers Day gift.
By Rosanne, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Conversations with a Moonflower is a simple book with profound meaning. Although I read the book very quickly, the lessons are meant to last for a lifetime. Just as the moonflower taught Chris, I learned to be still, be patient, and listen. One of my favorite lines from the book says “for as long as you are giving and helping with a genuine and loving heart, there will always be time for you.” The book also reminded me I need others, but in the busyness of life, I often forget. The moonflower helped Chris connect and reconnect with people, and it has done the same for me. My love of this book makes me want to share the message of the moonflower with others.