Friday, January 4, 2019
Book Review: 'The Wealthy Gardener: Life Lessons on Prosperity between Father and Son' by John Soforic
‘We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.’ Anonymous
Pennsylvania author John Soforic offers on e of the most heartfelt and practical guides to gaining wealth as a gift to is son. John’s current wealth was not inherited or the result of a grand fluke but instead the result of earning an ordinary income while starting and managing several small businesses. ‘These businesses were average, rural, common, and regular operations with steady cash flows. It was an uphill battle of earning and learning. By age 50, however, I had one thing that everyone wants at my age: total financial freedom.’
John writes beautifully and openly and with love for both his son and his readers. From the opening Preface he informs us where the book will take us: ‘The Wealthy Gardener is a hybrid. It is half fiction, half nonfiction. Chapters are divided into life lessons, each opening with a fictional story followed by real-life anecdotes. Why this format? As a father I wanted to engage my son in many lessons on wealth, but I didn’t want to preach at him. A better way to do it then was by creating a parable. Like reading a biography for pleasure and insight, learning through stories can be more enjoyable and profound. While this approach comes at the risk of oversimplifying principles, it is a risk chosen for the greater good of clarity. The hybrid format remains the best way to entertain, engage, and explain the lessons of prosperity.’
In this well considered series of life lessons from ‘the Wealthy Gardener’ persona followed by John’s own experiences as they relate to the topic presented, John reveals his sensitivity – ‘Prosperity is the power to take a walk in the woods on a weekday, pay for college tuitions, and live with choices, options and power. It is awakening without money worries. It is living without the pressure of time. It is the ability to experience one’s daily hours in meaningful pursuits. And it required me to grow spiritually in the struggle. Be wary of those who tell you to be content with your conditions in life. Only you can know the conditions that will satisfy your soul. And only you can feel the pull of your ambition.’
Always accessible and endearing as well as supportive and educational, John guides us through The Work of Earning Prosperity, Mental Practices for Wealth, The Way to Riches and Spirituality, Your 55 Powers to Gain Wealth, The 10 Seeds of Wealth, The 15 Virtues of Wealth, and Troubleshooting Money Problems. As advice to a son it is an indispensible treatise; as a guide for each of us to find prosperity and happiness it is extraordinary. Reading this book is like opening a window onto light form darkness. Highly recommended for everyone.
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