All Along You Were Blooming By Morgan Harper Nichols
Over the past year, something has really hit home for me: we never know what the person next to us is dealing with. All of us have our own heartaches and struggles, and too much of that pain is held a secret.
But Morgan Harper Nichols somehow puts a gentle finger on that precise pain point in all of our lives with her art and her poet's pen. And I love her for it. Her writing speaks to millions of women, no matter their path.
About the Book
There is still room to grow in the ways you were meant to.
A celebration of hope. An encounter with grace. A restoration of the heart. A healing of wounds. An anthem of freedom.
All Along You Were Blooming is a love letter from the pen of popular Instagram poet Morgan Harper Nichols to your mind, to your heart, to your soul, and to your body.
This striking collection of illustrated poetry and prose invites you to delight in the wild and boundless grace you've been given. There is a purpose in every season, and no matter how you want to race through this day or run away from this place, rest assured that you are invited to live fully -- right here, right now. And in each small moment, whether in the light or the dark, you can make room for becoming, for breathing, and for simply being.
We all have heartaches... some more deeply etched and harder to voice than others. But the common thread we all need at some point is hope -- a lifted chin, a reminder of grace, a declaration of freedom.
And Morgan's poetry speaks straight to the heart in a tender, intentional way that prose can't.
Morgan began this journey by encouraging the community that followed her art on Instagram to send her their stories -- and she would respond with a handwritten poem specifically tailored to that person. From there, the reach of her ministry has exploded. In her words,
"Everything I began to share with the world was created with one person in mind at a time, and this book was written in the same way." - from the introduction
This hardback book is a little piece of loveliness. The original art on every page showcases her concise words. It would make a perfect gift book, complete with a satin bookmark and a inscription page.
"In a world that often seems too crowded or busy to notice beautiful things or make meaningful connections, there is still room for each of us to grow in the ways we were meant to. May each page remind you of this truth." - from the introduction
Whether you already enjoy poetry or not, let me encourage you (no, urge you) to add this book to your collection. It's meant to be sipped, savored, and revisited often. It's meant to be given as a hug in book form to a friend who needs a little encouragement.
And it's written for you, with love. No matter what you are facing in life.
*I requested a review copy of this book from the publisher and was happy to provide my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.*