Four in the Garden

Four in the Garden : A Christian Fantasy about Spiritual Growth and Transformation

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2015 READERS' FAVORITE AWARD WINNER. Newly updated as of June, 2017. "This book definitely inspired me to trust more fully in God." --Pastor Doug McCoy, Pleasant Hill, CA "A must read for anyone on a spiritual journey." ​--Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation, Author of 30 books An unusual retelling of the Garden of Eden story, Four in the Garden is a thought-provoking allegory of one's relationship with God. In this spiritual fantasy, Creator makes only one human, named Cherished. Instead of creating a second human to be a companion for Cherished, Creator desires to fill that role. Can this relationship work? This inspirational book challenges readers to trust in God because trust is the means by which we are transformed. To aid contemplation and spiritual growth, Four in the Garden is divided into short thematic chapters and free discussion questions are available at On the book's web site,, download a free transcript of a speech by the author on the topic of trusting in God, the main theme of his book, Four in the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Hocker Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0991557700
  • 9780991557707
  • 70,382

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"Four in the Garden is a symbolic narrative bathed in spiritual meaning. It is a treasure chest overflowing with nuggets of truth. Four in the Garden is one book I will read again and again." -Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite "Not often does a writer appear on the literary scene with such an unforgettable story as Four in the Garden. A beautifully written, emotionally fulfilling read." -Sue Clark, Award winning writer of "Is Anybody Listening" "Rick Hocker has written a unique spiritual fantasy of a transcendental ordeal. His description of the ecstatic mystical experience is unparalleled." -David Brin, Author of "An American Musician Visits Cremona" "This is probably the best description of a personal relationship with a higher power that exists anywhere!" -Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite "Rick Hocker's Four in the Garden challenges the reader and offers guidance even when all seems lost. I enjoyed the fact that the book had a message of where true hope and direction comes from." -Cyrus Webb, media personality, literary advocate and award-winning author "This is an interesting book from beginning to end, and it truly makes you think about a lot of different things. This book is an inspiration in many ways as well as being a solid, entertaining read." -Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite "Hocker creates an imaginary world in order to reveal the most important lessons of the soul. Four in the Garden is a thought provoking approach to understanding the path to enlightenment." -Judge, Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards "The spiritual journey is very rewarding and helps readers delve into their ineer selves. A very original story that is inspirational and uplifting with its unique plot." -Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favoriteshow more

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