"I've mistaken my deepest struggles for weeds, when they just might be the most beautiful parts

of my life." 

--from "Gathering Dandelions: Meditations and Musings on Faith, Fracture, and Beauty Mistaken for a Weed"

by Melissa Maimone 

Christian speaker & author

Gathering Dandelions

Now Available in Audio!

Gathering Dandelions: Meditations and Musings on Faith, Fracture, and Beauty Mistaken for a Weed is now an audiobook! Read by Melissa and separated into 40 days worth of short stories, reflective questions, and prayers that can serve as an audio devotional on your way to work, school, or on a walk. Each chapter is 5-8 minutes long. Available at Audible, iTunes, or Amazon.

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"Jesus is masterful at seeing the exquisite in odd places. He came for both the sophisticated and the rubes. Jesus finds beauty in those who have been mistaken for weeds. He loves the unlovely and sees each one of us in amazing, unimaginably beautiful ways."

--from Gathering Dandelions

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In her trademark communication style of transparency, humor, and poignant observations, Christian speaker and author Melissa Maimone explores the delights and difficulties of faith-filled living. She shines a vulnerable light on both deep suffering and tremendous joy through short stories, Scripture, prayers, and reflective meditations that read like entries from a journal.

 

More than a devotional, every chapter is a declaration of hope, that in the midst of this ordinary, fractured life, you are deeply cared for, intricately known, and immensely loved by God.

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"This book is a series

of short stories and observations about the everyday, ordinary stuff

that at first glance appear to be 

dandelions; weeds that grow where we'd least want them to.

And it's a book about the love and grace of a God who longs to gather up our deepest pain and rather than simply pluck it out, to create beautiful bouquets of contentment and joy."

*When ordered here, personalized signing from the author and/or gift wrapping is available without additional charge.

A note from the author...

 

Do you know the scientific difference between a flower and a weed? Nothing. Yep. It's true. The only difference between a flower and a weed is whether or not you want it to grow where it does. 

I have struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life and I don't like it. It's shameful. It's difficult. It causes me pain and limits my life in frustrating, embarrassing ways. Like a dandelion growing in my backyard, I was sure it needed to be plucked, mowed, or zapped with weed-killer. I've considered depression a weed that I've repeatedly tried to remove and yet stubbornly returns, despite all my efforts.

Yet as I continue to follow Jesus, read His Word, seek Him out, and bring my whole self to Him, I am discovering God and I have a very different perspectives on the things that have taken root where I didn't want to them to grow.

 

I see weeds. 

He sees flowers.

It's caused me to reconsider the anxiety and depression that comes and goes like the tide. If God has chosen not to remove it (and trust me, I've asked...and asked...and asked.) then maybe He doesn't view it like I do. Maybe there can be more to my struggles than simply overcoming them. Maybe I've mistaken my deepest struggles for weeds when they might just be the most beautiful parts of my life.

This book is a series of short stories and observations about the everyday, ordinary stuff that at first glance appear to be dandelions; weeds that grow where we'd least want them to. And it's a book about the love and grace of a God who longs to gather up our deepest pain and rather than simply pluck it out, to create beautiful bouquets of contentment and joy.

 

I recommend a cup of tea and a scone while you read Gathering Dandelions. Each chapter is just a few pages. At the end of every one, there are a few questions and a prayer that offer a chance to reflect and respond. They are an opportunity to bring your whole, unfiltered self to God. And if your life is crazy and you haven't sat down quietly with a tea and scone for the last five years, then keep my book in your bathroom. I won't be offended in the least. At least you'll have a quiet place to sit and read for a few minutes.

Gathering Dandelions: Meditations and Musings on Faith, Fracture, and Beauty Mistaken for a Weed is a result of coming to God with all of who I am and can be; Embarrassing. Joyful. Neurotic. Funny. Afraid. Passionate. Doubtful. Inquisitive. It is a demonstration that honesty with ourselves can be the first step toward honesty with God. And when we bring all of who we are before Him--no matter how much of a mess we might be--we will find a God of compassion, grace, power and love who will gather us up and create beauty out of the things we have most mistaken for weeds.

In Him,

Melissa

*When ordered here, personalized signing from the author and/or gift wrapping is available without additional charge.

© 2020 by Melissa Maimone. All rights reserved.

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