Four in the Garden Book

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(4.4 out of 5 stars)

“This allegorical gem describes one's pilgrimage toward a meaningful connection with God. The author, Rick Hocker, distills one's relationship with God to its purest form where inward truthfulness and surrender lead to intimate communion. With vivid storytelling, Four in the Garden illustrates how both trust and love transform us, and how fear and ego obscure our True Self. A must read for anyone on a spiritual journey.”
—Richard Rohr, OFM, Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation, Author of 30 books

“This is probably the most profound book I've read in a long time.”
—Roger D.

“El libro me fue obsequiado y lo leí con avidez. Su lectura me llevó a una percepción de Dios que me permite tener una conexión a Él más allá de cualquier imaginación.”
—Jorge Moreno Madrueño, Guadalajara, Mexico

“Rick Hocker has fast become a favorite author of mine thanks to his astonishing book, this is because never before have I been so moved and touched by a story. As I was turning the pages, I was doing so with haste because the story was so engrossing and enriching that I could not stop racing through it. If you are a reader who wants to get lost in an incredible book that is hard to forget, then Four in the Garden is for you!”
—Amy Mulholland, England, RedHeadedBookLoverBlog (click to read full review)

“Don't pass this one up. As someone who enjoys allegory, I found Four in the Garden intriguing and captivating. The message is profound and biblically-based. This is one of the best books I've come across in a while. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys novels similar to Pilgrim's Progress or CD Lewis' Narnia Series or Space Trilogy.”
—Lorilyn Roberts, Author, Gainesville, Florida

“It is the most beautiful book that has touched the deepest strata of my existence and the only work I've read in its entirety on three separate occasions. The utility of allegory is exceptional and surpasses any other work with respect to spirituality.”
—Bobby Joyner, Spring, TX

Four in the Garden is a well-told and inspired tale about learning to trust in God. A spiritual message - complete with action, suspense, mystery, and some unforgettable characters and spectacular imagery. I believe that it may be destined to be a modern-day classic, alongside the works of C.S. Lewis, Hannah Hurnard, and other great authors.”
—Shauna McFadden, Long Beach, CA

“Not often does a writer appear on the literary scene with such an unforgettable story as Four in the Garden. A beautifully written, emotionally fulfilling read.”
—Sue Clark
Award winning writer of Is Anybody Listening

“Awesome Book! Well written and thought provoking! CS Lewis meets Eckart Tolle meets George Lucas.”
—Anthony L. Sawyer, Eugene, OR

“How fortunate I feel to have stumbled onto this remarkable, beautifully written and immensely thought provoking book. I found myself highlighting sections and quotes, often rereading them because they were so articulately written and deeply meaningful. I was impressed by the author’s ability to take aspects of spirituality and create a work that is altogether new, fresh, and completely inspired.”
—Keli Martinez, Pleasanton, CA

“As I read a fantasy tale and was enjoying the visual images, I began to realize the deeper meanings and actually found myself thinking over what I read days later and even went back and re-read chapters and experienced several "A-Ha" moments.”
—Adam Reeves, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Four in the Garden is a symbolic narrative bathed in spiritual meaning. It is a treasure chest overflowing with nuggets of truth. It challenges the reader to search out their own soul. Four in the Garden is one book I will read again and again.”
—Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Four in the Garden is simply one of those books you just hate to put down. I was drawn into the story line immediately, and thought it was a great way to demonstrate "Creator" and all that a spiritual life entails.”
—Amy Vey, Friendship, WI

“Rick Hocker has written a unique spiritual fantasy of a transcendental ordeal. His description of the ecstatic mystical experience is unparalleled.”
—David Brin
Author of An American Musician Visits Cremona

“Your book really helped me. I am now extremely happy in life. I was struggling for years. Art that inspires one to seek within and find truth through the painful act of living is truly priceless. Keep it up!”
—Tony S., Oregon

Four in the Garden brought a time of spiritual renewal for me. The author brought to light in a creative, refreshing way the potential we have for experiencing intimacy with God.”
—Jim Strouse, Vancouver, WA

“How often have we heard someone say that if there was just one person in existence God would have gone through the whole process for that one. Hocker's book develops that idea. I liked how Cherished, the lead character, didn't have any shortcuts to the conclusion. I recommend it highly. I know I'll be rereading it over and again!”
—Bill Caldwell, Joplin, MO

“I found the spiritual nature of the book genuine, wise and thoughtful. I underlined something, I cried at the end and I'll probably read it again.”
—Barbara Coles Brooks, Martinez, CA

“This is a great book that tells a story that somehow everyone has gone through. I just loved it.”
—Jorge Moreno, Mexico

Four in the Garden is a delightful and multifaceted read. This is a perfect BOOK CLUB read to bring forth a great discussion. I plan to read it again, with highlighter in hand, to mark and remember the wisdom, beautifully stated on each page.”
—Janet Piper, San Leandro, CA

“This is probably the best description of a personal relationship with a higher power that exists anywhere!”
—Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

“The journey for Cherished was truly about learning to trust, and it made me look at myself in that aspect - I learned a lot from that reflection. The story was thought-provoking, emotional, and transforming.”
—Michael Darling, Palm Springs, CA

“Rick Hocker's Four in the Garden challenges the reader and offers guidance even when all seems lost. I enjoyed the fact that the book had a message of where true hope and direction comes from.”
—Cyrus Webb
media personality, literary advocate and award-winning author

Four in the Garden is an allegorical story similar to the writings of C.S. Lewis. This book definitely inspired me to trust more fully in God. I highly recommend it!”
—Pastor Doug McCoy, Columbus, Ohio

“This is an interesting book from beginning to end, and it truly makes you think about a lot of different things. This book is an inspiration in many ways as well as being a solid, entertaining read.”
—Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

“Hocker creates an imaginary world in order to reveal the most important lessons of the soul. Four in the Garden is a thought provoking approach to understanding the path to enlightenment.”
—Judge, Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

“I flew through the first hundred pages, devouring the richness of the imagery and the comfort of the author's writing style. With each chapter I find insights, gentle ways to view life very differently, without any attempt to drag me into a belief.”
—Glenn Gebhardt, Ripon, CA

Four In The Garden is an amazing fantasy-allegory; a story about the creation of one human by God. Told with clarity, pathos, and vivid detail, Four In the Garden is a refreshing read about hope and human triumph.”
—Alex Davis, San Francisco, CA

“The spiritual journey is very rewarding and helps readers delve into their inner selves. A very original story that is inspirational and uplifting with its unique plot.”
—Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

“Creative, ingenious, enlightening! Each time I picked up the book I immediately was re-engaged and challenged to consider the nuggets of wisdom found in that chapter! If you were enamored with the colorful, creative Harry Potter series then you already know how fun reading this book will be.”
—Sandra Wing, Pleasanton, CA

“A beautiful story of man's relationship with God, through fantasy, that leads the reader step-by-step to discovery of life's greatest truths of love, trust and redemption.”
—Lucy Hart, Concord, CA

“It caused me to think about the deeper meaning of life. I highly recommend it.”
—Karen Lee, Orinda, CA

“A brilliant, thought provoking piece of work. The imagery, the fantastic descriptions, made me feel as if I was walking along in the Garden. A great read.”
—Dennis Carreiro, Orlando, Florida