The Heart Gardener is not a guide on "how to arrive" but, rather, how to grow. As we accept that we will never "arrive" in a stage of full growth we are able to give that acceptance to the hearts of the children entrusted to us. The Heart Gardener is based on the online community www.HeartGardens.org which is invested in the things which cause beauty to grow within the human essence. Together, we learn how to holistically nurture the Heart-Gardens entrusted to us, including our own! Holisitc nurturing is a term that simply means a tender, purposeful lifestyle which embraces everything good the God of the Trinity has given to us. Non-traditional parents have a myriad of emotionally and spiritually challenging circumstances. These circumstances require particular Heart-Gardening Essentials, Tools, and Skills. The Heart Gardener explores these Essentials, Tools, and Skills with counsel, example, and practical application segments. This is all done in the context of GRACE and the acute understanding that we will never have the "perfect" Heart-Garden, just as our children will never have the "perfect" Heart Gardener. We will all have the guidance, love, and nurturing of a Master Gardener who will take both the imperfect parent and the imperfect child and grow them into something both original and beautiful.