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Publisher: Warner Books
Release Date: April 2004
ISBN: 0446531669
Format Reviewed: Hardcover
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Genre: Nonfiction / self help / Gardening & Horticulture
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Brenda Weeaks
Reviewer Notes:  

Digging Deep
Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening
By Fran Sorin

     “I believe the ultimate goal is not to be creative, but to learn how to live creatively.”

     Sorin was successful at her last job, but it wasn’t satisfying. When the time came to create a garden at her new home, Sorin went to special lengths for her garden and it eventually lead her to a new career in garden design. The lessons learned during her career change are what Digging Deep is all about. She tells her clients to join her in designing their gardens. They react with surprise, maybe even fear, but once they get past it they discover how to create their garden and live their lives creatively.

     Sorin’s book is set up in six sections.

     “Six stages of “creative unfolding within the context of your garden: Imagining, Envisioning, Planning, Planting, Tending, Enjoying, and Completing.”

     In the stages are mini chapters of creative lessons. Sorin gives examples by way of her experiences with her clients. She tells of her clients’ excitement in discovering a creative approach to life, in the hopes that it will inspire the reader. It did this one. At the end of the chapters, she gives readers things to do. They aren’t demanding and some may even become nice habits.

     Digging Deep is an inspiring self-help book that uses gardening as a metaphor. The book is well written and Sorin’s advice is rational and clear. Digging Deep is the kind of book that prompts one to at least try, and that’s more than most. Highly Recommended.