Roanoke author tells Bible parables in refreshing way in enlightening new book

ROANOKE, Va. — Author Carolyn A. Roth, along with illustrator Maria Lin, announces the nationwide release of her uplifting new book, “God as a Gardener: Exploring Plants in Bible Parables.”

“God as a Gardener” encompasses 24 parables illustrated by plants — 12 from the Old Testament and 12 from the New Testament. This Bible study is written for the average church member who wants to understand the message in parables but, at the same time, desires a Bible study with a unique perspective.

The book meets both of these requirements. Each chapter contains a colored photograph of an original water-colored illustration of the parables’ plants. “The private and small-group devotional value of this volume is limitless, life-changing and God-exalting,” Dr. Ed Bez, who is the president of Biblical Botanical Gardens Society in Atlanta, Georgia, remarked on Roth’s book.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Roth is a Christian woman with advanced degrees in psychology. This is her third nonfiction Christian book. Roth, who is the director of an award-winning Bible garden, teasingly admits that she is on a first name basis with most Bible plants. She is currently based in Roanoke, Virginia.

Lin is grateful to God for her talent. To better understand Holy Land plant life, both Lin and Roth traveled throughout Israel.

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