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Book Review – The Secret Garden Devotional

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Secret Garden Devotional by Rachel Dodge, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


The Secret Garden Devotional

Title: The Secret Garden Devotional

Author: Rachel Dodge

Publisher: Barbour

Release Date: December 6, 2022

Genre: Devotional

Devotional Inspiration from Mary Lennox’s Beautifully Mysterious Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Devotional offers lovely inspiration that explores the themes of faith, family, contentment, wisdom, and joy in the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, cherished by generations of readers.

Each reading corresponds with a chapter from the book and invites you to embrace God’s guiding hand in your life as you are becoming His new creation. With themes of growth, spiritual nourishment, God’s love and care, and His transforming power, this beautiful chapter-by-chapter devotional includes original artwork throughout. Each reading includes examples from the novel, scripture, life application, and prayers perfect for groups, book clubs, or personal reflection.

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My Thoughts

This devotional was both refreshing and inspirational. Each chapter begins with a verse. Then there are some quotes from the book, and inspirational thoughts, to tie the book and the Scriptural thoughts together. Because I hadn’t read The Secret Garden real recently, I found it helpful to read that chapter just before reading the accompanying devotional chapter.

I loved seeing the correlations the author made between the book and the Biblical application.

I found it to be just a beautiful way to enjoy an old favorite classic story. It helped me see the story in a new light. It also brought fresh inspiration to Bible verses and their themes.

If you are a fan of the old classics, and The Secret Garden in particular, I highly recommend this devotional. I think it would be a great devotional to read with my daughters, and I hope to do that in the near future.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am
making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19
Mary, who thought “perhaps it always rained or looked dark in England,” is
stunned by the dramatic shift. Martha says the “storm’s over for a bit” and “th’
springtime’s on its
way.” Though it’s “a long way off yet,” it’s surely coming.
Mary’s first glimpses of spring and her discovery of the key to the secret garden
carry a timely reminder that God often works in mysterious and hidden ways that
are beyond our comprehension. In our winter seasons, when there’s no visible or
outward sign of change, God is always actively at work. When we don’t see any
forward progress, His plans and purposes are unfolding and developing in ways
we can’t imagine. When everything looks bare and wintry, He’s working below
the surface. And at just the right time, He places the key to His plans and
purposes right at our feet. Nothing is impossible with God! (Matthew 19:26)


Rachel Dodge

Rachel Dodge is the bestselling author of the award-winning Anne of Green Gables Devotional, The Little Women Devotional, and Praying with Jane: 31 Days Through the Prayers of Jane Austen. Rachel’s newest book is The Secret Garden Devotional! Rachel teaches college English classes, gives talks at libraries, teas, and book clubs, and is a writer for the popular Jane Austen’s World blog. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping women to grow closer to Jesus through prayer and the study of God’s Word. A true kindred spirit at heart, Rachel enjoys books, bonnets, and ball gowns.

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(2) winners will receive a signed copy of The Secret Garden Devotional and a hardcover illustrated copy of The Secret Garden along with a bookmark and stickers.

The Secret Garden Devotional JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 30, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 7, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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