The Garden of a Desert Rose

A Spiritual Mystery

by Deborah L. Kelley

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 29/07/2011

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781452535920
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781452535906

About the Book

When a deceased southern Appalachian grandmother delivers a mysterious message to her adult granddaughter in a waking dream, she sparks a mystical adventure that helps the young woman turn her life around. The Garden of a Desert Rose, a spiritual novel, is a modern-day, Jungian takeoff on A Christmas Carol, in which Scrooge is a sweet-natured, Southern single mother (in red snakeskin heels, no less) who spouts Bible verses and basic Jungian concepts with equal enthusiasm.

Feeling defeated by her life choices, thirty-two-year-old, twice-divorced Lenny has little energy for launching a journey of self-discovery. Raising two children and holding down a job as a secretary for the coaching staff of the University of Tennessee football team keeps her days busy. But Lenny’s nights open a portal to a series of vivid, lucid dreams overflowing with rich archetypal images. Buoyed by the support of friends and her unflagging sense of humor, Lenny sees her inner desert transform into a blossoming oasis with one final Christmas Eve dream.

This is a work of “real-fiction” that tries to capture the reality behind the known world. The tools in author Deborah L. Kelley’s hand are her colorful imagination and a lifetime of personal happenings, visions, and spirit communications. Inspired by C. G. Jung’s writings encouraging people to discover their personal myths, Kelley imagined her own myth to the surface. She named her hero Lenny and, with many additional archetypes dancing in her head, revisited Christmas of 1982. It was a time in her own life in which profound mental transformations took place. The Garden of a Desert Rose is a novel that seeks to ignite in your own imagination a deeper awareness of the myth you’ve been living.

About the Author

Deborah Kelley is a visionary artist whose paintings display her love of nature and always incorporate a touch of the divine feminine. Her lifetime body of work includes oils, watercolor, pen and ink, and commercial illustration. At an early age, Deborah often experienced lucid states of dreaming, conversing with deceased loved ones and electrifying archetypal figures. Upon waking, she often felt confused about what was real and what was unreal. From this fertile ground, her inner author awoke. Her heart’s desire is to paint with words, from a Southern woman’s perspective, a rich and beautiful dimension of life just beyond the five senses.