The Geranium Farm

Episcopal Priest Barbara Crafton shares and “almost Daily e-Mo,” offering a reflective look on current events, the daily office, and/or life in general


“. . . an independent project supporting spiritual transformation and inner work. Bishop Larry Maze and the Rev. Susan Sims Smith, having retired from their official duties with the Diocese, will continue their teaching through Seedwork.”


Sara shares reflections on life as mother and woman — mind, body and spirit.


Amanda Soule, author of The Creative Family, has a rich blog with beautiful photography to inspire all mothers and crafters.

Marianne Williamson

The renowned speaker shares her thoughts in a blog.

Share you favorite links in the comments, and after review, we’ll add them to our growing list!


  • Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle, New World Library, 2003 (ISBN 157731400X). At the core of this book is what the author calls the state of presence, a living in the now that is both intensely inspirational and practical.
  • Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality by J. Brent Bill, Paraclete Press, 2005 (ISBN 1557254206). The author beckons us to enter into silence so that we might find the holiness awaiting us there.
  • Take Time for Your Life, by Cheryl Richardson, Broadway Books, 1999, ISBN 0-7679-0207-6. Full of useful exercises, checklists, personal stores, and a wealth of resources, Richardsons program will show you how to step back, regain control, and make conscious decisions about the future youd like to create. Also, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace.
  • Sounds of the EternalA Celtic Psalter, by J. Philip Newell, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2002 (ISBN 0802805132). A book of eloquent, moving morning and evening prayers which help us to recall what it means to be made, body and soul, in the image of God.
  • The Sacred Path by Lauren Autress, Riverhead Books, 1995 (ISBN 1-57322-007-8). An excellent resource for understanding and practices meaningful to growing in relationship with God. The book specifically discusses the use of the labyrinth, an ancient meditation structure used in many cultures.
  • The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus Sayings by John A. Sanford, Harper-Collins, 1987 (ISBN 0060670541). Provides understanding and insights pertaining to the inward journey, that journey we make with God to the interiors of our being. It is out of this inner being that the manifestation of Gods Kingdom among us springs forth.
  • A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry Sittser, Zondervan, 1998 (ISBN 0310219310). An excellent resource for anyone who has experienced lossloss of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of dreams ,loss of a way of life, and the many other losses in life. The author has experienced the sudden death of his wife, daughter and mother in a single tragic auto accident. His reflections and can be understood and applied to any experience of loss in life which, according to the author, can be an opportunity for spiritual growth.
  • Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong by John ODonohue, Harper Collins, 2000 (ISBN 0060955589). These writings provide threads of Celtic spirituality which add depth and dimension to the physic realities expressing the spiritual realm of our relationship with God. Also by John ODonohue, Anam Cara.
  • The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by John Eldredge, Thomas Nelson, 1997 (ISBN 0785273425). A basic need of all humanity is the need for love. This book describes the love relationship we can have with a loving God. The pages are filled with profound descriptions of being the beloved of God and being sought out as one seeks and nurtures an offspring or loververy intimate relationships.
  • Dreams: Gods Forgotten Language by John A. Sanford, Harper San Francisco, 1989 (ISBN 006067055X). This is a wonderful introduction and explanation of the role dreams may hold in our spiritual development.
  • Natural Spirituality by Joyce Rockwood Hudson, JRH Publications, 2000 (ISBN 1-893383-55-5). Introduction and insights provided for observing what appears natural in our lives through the supernatural lens. This lens can be our dreams and the synchronistic events in our lives. Provides tools to assist our viewing from a new perspective.
  • True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit by Sonia Choquette, P.D., Three Rivers Press, 2000 (ISBN 0-609-80398-0). A step-by-step workbook for finding balance within our seven essential energy centers (chakras) which leads us to balanced time and energy and harmony in mind, body and spirit.
  • The Artists WayA Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron, Penguin Putnam, 1992 (ISBN 0874776955). A 12-week program to recover your creativity that links creativity to spirituality by showing how to tap into the higher power that connects human creativity with the creative energies of the universe. Also, Walking in this World.
  • Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst, Adult Publishing Group, 1997 (ISBN 0684844958). A look at how we grow and change through the losses that are an inevitable and necessary part of life.
  • Radical Hospitality by Danial Homan and Lonnie Collins Pratt, Paraclete Press, Reissue 2005 (ISBN 1557254419). Hospitality is not reserved for the monastery only but is an ideal for Christians to connect closely with one another.
  • Geranium Farm Barbara Craftons website,, offers lists of books for spiritual growth, her daily meditations for the past year or two, a prayer vigil site, and a message board. Subscribe to her daily e-Mos and begin your day with her daily e-mail offering for meditation often entertaining, sometimes heartbreaking, but always personal and insightful.
  • Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Warner Books Inc., 1995 (ISBN 0446519138). This book shows you how your daily life can be an expression of your authentic selfas you search for treasures at a flea market, establish a sacred space in your home for meditation, and follow the rhythm of the seasons. Also, by Sarah Ban Breathnach, Excavating Your Authentic Self.
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1997, (ISBN 1-878424-31-9). This simple book reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needles suffering and offers a code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness and love.
  • Whole Child/Whole Parent by Polly Berrien Berends, HarperCollins Publishers, 1997 (ISBN 0060928182). Both a pioneer work on human spiritual development and a classic guide to parenthood that goes beyond the basics of child-rearing to consider the path of both parent and child toward inner growth and wholeness. Not just for parents who want to raise their children, but for adults who want to raise themselves.
  • Women Who Do Too Much: When You Keep Wishing and Hoping Hell Change by Robin Norwood, Pocket Books, 1986 (ISBN 0671733419). A book to help women break the pattern of unhealthy relationship.
  • Freedom of Simplicity by Richard J. Foster, HarperCollins Publishers, 1997 (ISBN 00601043850). The author provides a way to rethink our priorities and to seek first Gods kingdom and his righteousness, showing us how to live in harmony with the complexity of life by prayer, solitude and all the Christian disciplines.
  • The Challenge of the Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on Money, Sex and Power by Richard J. Foster, HarperCollins Publishers, 1991 (ISBN 0060628286). Drawing upon practical examples, the author guides the reader in day-to-day ethical decision making while helping to determine the proper place in Christian life.
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver, Three Rivers Press, 1999. The path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship; packed with practical questionnaires and exercises.
  • The Way of the Heart by Henri Nowen, Ballantine Books, Inc., 2003 (ISBN 0345463358). Inspired by the ancient teachings of St. Anthony and the Dessert Fathers, this book clears before us a spiritual path consisting of three stepping stonessolitude (alone with God), Silence, and Prayer.
  • Sabbath Keeping by Donna E. Schaper, Cowley Publications, 1999 (ISBN 1561011630). A collection of ten meditations exploring different aspects of keeping the Sabbathsmall acts of Sabbath.
  • Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson and Jeane Coppock Staeheli, Abingdon Press, 1997. After 13 printings since its debut, this book is still the undisputed guide to creating a joyful, stress-free holiday seasonoffering suggestions for combating commercialism and filling the holidays with simple spiritual celebrations.
  • The Art of Doing Nothing: Simple Ways to Make Time for Yourself by Vernique Vienne and Erica Lennard, Crown Publishing Group, 1998 (ISBN 0609600745). A whimsical, historic and helpful view of how to enjoy life.
  • Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James, MJF Books, 2004, (ISBN 0786880007 ). One hundred ways to simplify your life and enjoy the things that really matter./Simplify Your Work Life by Elaine St. James, Hyperion, 2002 (ISBN 0786866837). One hundred ways to simplify your work life and have more time to live.
  • Illuminata: Thoughts, Prayers, Rites of Passage by Marianne Williamson, Random House, 1994 (ISBN 0679435506). A beautiful book of everyday prayers for work, relationships, and ideas about life and rituals for life’s journey and events.
  • Living Faith Day by Day by Debra K. Farrington, Perigee, 2000 (ISBN 0-399-52620-x). How the sacred rules of monastic traditions can help you live spiritually in the modern world.


Holding Crosses

Whether a gift fir others or yourself, the reminder of the gentle life of Jesus is sure to come through as a comfort as you hold these works of art.