Did Jennifer Wilder Morgan have a powerful dream about an angel? A vision? Or was this something else?
Come to the Garden is marketed as a “Inspired by True Events” novel. However, is it really true and at the end, does it matter?
Here is my opinion of the book:
I really love angel books. I do. And Jennifer Wilder Morgan has penned a lovely, enriching story that’s captivating.
In the Author’s Note, Jennifer states,
Soon, the character of an intriguing angel named Margaret began to shape in the eyes of my heart. I would write a fictional story about her.”(Come to the Garden, pg. xiii)
In the Acknowledgements section, Jennifer even states: “I had a dream and wasn’t going to settle for a personal journal.”
So in essence, what we are reading is an allegory. Which in itself isn’t a bad thing.
Jennifer’s guardian angel explores her dreams. These dreams Jennifer has are about loved ones passing or being ill, and some dreams bring about hope, such hope that even you as the reader will stop and praise God for her vision, and then other dreams are wholly prophetic.
And her gentle, beautiful guide is right there explaining the metaphors and symbols(pay attention to these!)
I felt invited while reading. I felt that even my own dreams and fears were finally explained just by reading this book.
At the final page, I took a breath, read some of the Scriptures offered in the back and reflected on what I’ve read.
Perhaps Jennifer’s own events inspired her to create the angel Margaret. Now, whether this is real or if angels are guardians versus messengers is set for another discussion elsewhere. All I know is that I am now inspired.
*This book was received for free from Howard Books through Jennifer’s publicist.
Come to the Garden, Jennifer Wilder Morgan
Published by Howard Books(2016)
*Also available in audio. Want it free? Please visit my Come to the Garden free audible giveaway which ends May 16,2016 so you can share the experience! Also narrated by Kathie Lee Gifford, the Today show host.