Conversations with a Moonflower

Conversations with a Moonflower

by Christine Hall

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ISBN-13: 9781599557953
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 03/14/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 968,624
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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Conversations with a Moonflower 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
l_manning on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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.
SSTALEY More than 1 year ago
Conversations with a Moonflower gave me incentive to stop and reflect on my life. The message that Chris shares in this book is to slow down, ask questions and then listen for answers. In today's world we all are running at such a frantic pace that most of us don't take the time to stop and look around at the things that should be the most important to us. One of my most favorite chapters in the book is called, A Twenty-eight-bloom Day. The Moonflower in Chris's garden one night produced twenty-eight blossoms. As Chris "chatted" with her Moonflower after it had bloomed, she asked it if it was worn out after it's twenty-eight bloom night. The flower agrees that it is tired and it needs to rest-especially after a big project. The plant then gives very good advice: "You can't keep up a twenty-eight-bloom pace for too long or you will wither." Chris went on to explain how she likes to do several big projects at the same time. She likes having twenty-eight bloom days. I love the answer that the Moonflower gives to Chris: "There's nothing wrong with twenty-eight-bloom days...as long as you are sure that you have days with only a few blossoms-or even no blossoms-from time to time." We need to learn to pay attention to our own bodies and minds and we will know when we need to take it easy. This was such an important message for me. I always try to do so much. I work full-time as a teacher, I have two children I am parenting as a single mom, I want to keep up with my reading and blogging and make sure to spend time taking care of my self by exercising every day. There are days that I feel so tired I can't even move. This made me realize that I need to prioritize what needs to be done each day. Conversations with a Moonflower is filled with solid advice to make our lives better. For such a small book, with only 120 pages, it is huge with heart and soul. I was left with such joy and hope about my life and about incorporating some important changes in my life. I recommend Conversations with a Moonflower to anyone that has a beating heart; in other words, this book is for everyone. I can assure you that you can't but help be changed, in some way, after reading this book.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
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.
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: This book is like a new breathing. It gives you hope, energy, silence, time to sit down and think. I loved that Conversations with a Moonflower made me think. Think about what's important in my life, how I sometimes forget about small thing in life. Small things like watching the flowers bloom, like listening to the sound of waves on the stormy sea, take a moment and dream. Our lives are often so busy that we forget all that. We have it somewhere in our subconscious, but we do not acknowledge it. This is what Conversations with a Moonflower is about. It's about the peace of mind and heart. I really enjoyed Conversations with a Moonflower. Chris Hall has created a book which is a definite keeper in my opinion. It's a book which will cheer you up when your mood is down or increase the beauty around you and inside you when you are happy. It takes you to your happy place! 5 stars!