What Makes You Bloom: Cultivating a Practice for Connecting with Your Divine Self

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5.8 X 8.1 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin Miguel Garcia (they/them) is a digital pastor, spiritual recovery coach, mystic theologian, sought-after speaker, and host of the podcast A Tiny Revolution. Garcia holds a master of practical theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. They coach clients from around the world through deconstruction, coming-out processes, and cultivating spiritual practices to promote resilience, solidarity, and self-compassion. Garcia is the author of Bad Theology Kills and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister and Public Theologian at Middle Church in New York City. In her activism, preaching, speaking, writing, and teaching, Jacqui advocates for racial equality, gun control, economic justice, and equal rights for all sexual orientations and genders. A world-renowned theologian, Jacqui has been featured on The Today Show, All In with Chris Hayes, Good Morning America, The Jonathan Capehart Show, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway, NY1, ABC, NBC, PBS, CBS and many more. Her writing has appeared in outlets like Harper's Bazaar, Vox, Ebony, Essence, The Huffington Post and Religion News Service. She is the author of several books, including the children's books You are So Wonderful and The Just Love Story Bible. Her most recent book for adults is Fierce Love: A Bold Path to a Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World.

Jacqui created two television shows, Just Faith (MSNBC) and Chapter & Verse (PBS) and is a frequent guest on national television talking about faith, politics, and art. Her podcast, Love. Period. is produced by the Center for Action and Contemplation. She and her husband John live in New York City. Together, they have a son, daughter-in-law, and two magical little grandchildren who keep them laughing.


"This work is intentional, resourceful, and a place to land, heal, and grow." --Library Journal

"The implications of religious trauma don't begin and end in church; they bleed into our entire culture. This book shows you how to put that down, reconnect with your faith, and find a new home in your spiritual heart. Reading Kevin's work always makes me tear up. I feel cared for in such a profound way that my whole being relaxes, and a tear comes as a sign of relief. This book is a new kind of church that genuinely gives all of us the refuge we need." --Sah D'Simone, author of Spiritually Sassy and 5-Minute Daily Meditations

"Kevin Miguel Garcia is a natural-born truth-teller! And in What Makes You Bloom, their storytelling, vulnerability, passions, and voice all come together to deliver truth, sometimes an uncomfortable truth, with earnest delight. Garcia's words are wise, winsome, and potent, a powerful offering to help all of us blossom into our truest selves." --Matthew Paul Turner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Is God Like?

"The perfect example of integration, What Makes You Bloom is a seamless blend of ancient wisdom with modern insight, irreverence woven into an accessible and nourishing sacred lens on all things, and truth-telling that is at once gentle and incisive. This book is sure to wake you up, stretch you, and affirm you." --Hillary McBride, PhD, registered psychologist, podcaster, speaker, and author of The Wisdom of Your Body

"Kevin Garcia is someone who just exudes peace. From the moment I met them, I felt at ease just being in their presence, and thanks to this book, I now know why. They have gifted us their story coupled with a practical guide for how to embrace our divinelycreated selves and live lives of joy. Each page is cultivated into a demonstration of what makes Kevin bloom, so we can bloom too." --April Ajoy, cohost of Evangelicalish

"For a world of us budded humans seeking a space to bloom intentionally, purposely, and freely into our divine and connected selves, Garcia offers not a guide but a single stone on a path we have been conditioned to believe that we can't create ourselves. Every meditation, reflective exercise, and gentle offering allows our learned petals of shame and guilt to unfold into freedom and safety. What Makes You Bloom is the sunshine we wanderers need to find the light and learn what it means to find it for ourselves time and time again." --Arielle Estoria, actor, poet, and author of The Unfolding: An Invitation to Come Home to Yourself

"Kevin combines their humor and genuine love for us in what can only be described as a true hug from heaven. Pushing us all to discover what makes us bloom, Kevin dares us to tap into who we were created to be--and thrive." --Candice Marie Benbow, author of Red Lip Theology

"THIS IS THE BOOK I NEED. I'm exhausted by thinking about how to live; I just want to . . . live. This book helps me relax, breathe, and connect to myself and simply be. What a gift." --Cindy Wang Brandt, author of Parenting Forward and You Are Revolutionary

"What a gift this book is. Kevin put all the wonderful aspects of an intimate conversation with him in this helpful resource." --Scott Erickson, author of Honest Advent and Say Yes