Feeling worn thin? Come find rest.
The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders through miles of rolling Virginia mountains. It's a route made famous by natural beauty and the simple rhythms of rural life.
And it's in this setting that Hannah Anderson began her exploration of what it means to pursue a life of peace and humility. Fighting back her own sense of restlessness and anxiety, she finds herself immersed in the world outside, discovering a classroom full of forsythia, milkweed, and a failed herb garden. Lessons about soil preparation, sour mulch, and grapevine blights reveal the truth about our dependence on God, finding rest, and fighting discontentment.
Humble Roots is part theology of incarnation and part stroll through the fields and forest. Anchored in the teaching of Jesus, Anderson explores how cultivating humility—not scheduling, strict boundaries, or increased productivity—leads to peace. “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden,” Jesus invites us, “and you will find rest for your souls.”
So come. Learn humility from the lilies of the field and from the One who is humility Himself. Remember who you are and Who you are not, and rediscover the rest that comes from belonging to Him.
Humility is a theme that intrigues me, challenges me, and surprises me. Given that the word "humility" is even in my blog title, it's probably little wonder that I requested this book for review. And friends, I wasn't disappointed in the least.
Humble Roots covers a wide landscape of human experiences, everything from taking care of our bodies to tending our talents and facing the reality of death. I loved the imagery of this book and how it reminds the reader in a gentle but honest-to-goodness way that we were formed from dust, and it's only the gracious breath of God within us that gives us this amazing, beautiful gift called life.
Some chapters impacted me more than others, but throughout this book there is a whole garden full of food for thought. I loved that some of the topics and discussions fed into real-life conversations with my husband. I also loved that the writing style felt down to earth, broad and meaningful in scope but still authentic and personal. I think my favorite chapters are "Returning to Our Roots" and the four chapters in Part Three.
This book is one of my favorites of the year, and one I could see myself rereading or at least referring to again. It's poignant, and it offers perspective that can touch your soul and help you understand how Jesus embodied humility—and how He wants to lead you along the humble dirt path. As Hannah Anderson reminds us, there is rest and truth and hope to be found in seeing ourselves as we really are and trusting God for all He is.
First of all, Hannah Anderson has mastered the beautiful imagery of plants, growing, and trees as it relates to humility. Her examples cling to my mind as I read in the early mornings and went about my day. Just as Anderson says in her intro that she didn't realize how much she needed the book until she wrote it, I didn't realize how much I needed this book until I read it! I've been struggling with anxiety over a potential big change, and first chapter starts right into anxiety and stress saying, "I see all of us: blessed beyond measure, but exhausted, anxious, and uncertain nonetheless." Anderson got an amen from me right off the bat!
This entire book gave me rest for my soul and yet provided challenges regarding the way I think about some factors in my life! It was a refreshing and easy read with depth and so much heart! The author kept me interested through to the end, and I left feeling so full of practical applications for pursuing true peace.
Hannah Anderson explores the connection between pride and so many areas of anxiety, shame and sin in our lives in her latest book, Humble Roots. It is well written and researched with clever family and floral anecdotes woven throughout along with quotes from other resources that allow her to build a beautiful case for humility. The bucolic backdrop paralleled well the call for humility, the right kind of humility.
When I first started reading this book, my husband looked over my shoulders, read a bit and then asked if this book was about me. In this busy world, Hannah calls for something different. Not for working harder or better, but pointing us to the cross, the humility of it and right thinking about our place and God's. Never before have I made the connection between my anxiety and busyness and feelings of failure as a sign of pride. I cried more times than I care to admit while reading this book.
Hannah draws you into her life in the Appalachians, conjures longings for a simpler time with sun-ripened tomatoes and fresh blackberries and reminds you that this restful life has been offered to you. If only we could remember who God is, and who we are as his beloved created creatures, that would be humility. The roots of humility or pride impact every area of our lives, from how we treat our bodies, to our failures and successes, to our intellect, to emotions and desires and Hannah touches on these all. In bringing us back to Christ, to our Humble Roots, Hannah reminds us that Christ has redeemed each and every aspect of our beings and it is when we can remember our creature-hood and his God-hood that we can find freedom and rest.
"Through his deity, He enables us to be what we are supposed to be. And when we are, when we exist as God has intended us to exist, we will find rest."
Read this book. It surprised me, encouraged me, provoked me. It was what I needed to hear.
If you ever want to learn more about what being humble is and grow in humility this is a must read book. If you are among the 75 Americans that worry or feel stress, then this is a book for you to read. If you struggle with restlessness or feeling you need to do it all, then this is a must read! Humble Roots~How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson
Hannah writes about how being humble gives us rest! When we understand what living in true humbleness looks like, you will breathe a deep breath of fresh air, that is what this book is about! Trusting God, relying on Him fully, is what being humble is. "Humility is not a commodity. It is not something you can achieve. It is not something you earn or accomplish. Being humble is something you either are or you aren't." Most of our stress comes from being driven by fear, punishment, judgment or manipulation. Instead we need to be motivated by goodness, beauty, and truth. Where do we get that, through Jesus, trusting God. Knowing that all is a gift, that we came into this world with nothing. To be faithful and grateful. Walk humbly with God. "Humility frees us to flourish as the human beings we were made to be: to celebrate the goodness of our physical bodies, to embrace the complexity of our emotions, and to own our unique gifts without guilt or feeling like an imposter."
This book brought much nourishment to my soul as the author shared stories of living in Appalachian and weaved in truths of God Words with the process of growing, weeding, vines, grapes and wine, growing tomatoes, pure honey process, wild-berries, milkweed, etc...
This is a beautiful book that compares the beauty and workings of nature with the pursuit of peace and humility. In the beginning, the author states "You're not God. I'm not God. None of us are God." We may say we know this but do we really understand that all that we need to do is seek God and let Him take care of the rest.
Each chapter compares thoughts on plants, growing and nature in general and compares them to an aspect of humility, There were so many wonderful thoughts in this book. One I particularly resonated with was, "Humility reminds us of our limits; Humility teaches us that we are physical beings existing in a broken world." Thoughts about vineyards, local honey, healing herbs, vine ripened tomatoes, and thorns and thistles are some of the analogies used when addressing humility.
This is a book I will refer to again and again when seeking rest for my soul and just to enjoy the descriptions of nature and its beauty. I highly recommend this book for everyone seeking to grow in grace, knowledge, and in the humility of Christ.
Hannah Anderson's Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul digs the fertile ground of our souls to expose the roots of our worry and stress in pride. We believe the subtle lie that we can produce humility on our own by intentionally squelching the lies of our ego. Anderson takes us on a journey through personal stories, historical accounts, and introductions to a variety of plants and herbs as she gently points the reader to a life-altering truth: Maybe our hectic lives don't need better planning, harder work, or more self-made remedies. Instead, the fruit of peace and rest naturally grow from humble roots pressing down into Christ.
Humble Roots is an amazing book that I found myself reading and re-reading entire pages, finding a refreshment for a pastoral soul that's all too wearied by so much worry and stress. Anderson's is a real gift to the church and one I'll be recommending again and again.