I've just finished a great book, The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson, and I'd like to present it to a friend as a Christmas gift. I'm 30 years old, and he (63) and I have been working together for the last three years. He's not only been a great teacher at work, he's really been a great mentor spiritually and personally. Aside from our work together, he spends most of his time as a farmer and hometown philanthropist. He has dedicated all of his free time to a ministry that volunteers in a local state prison, not to convert, but to help bring introspection, inspiration, meditation, and a safe place to discuss troubles to the lives of the inmates there. He also spends a lot of time leading a group of lobbyists to improve the reintroduction programs to this rural 7 county area in north Carolina, so that upon release, the men have a chance to be successful instead of being thrust out on the street.
The book is one I think he'd really appreciate as a naturalist, a farmer, and a spiritual person. He found great inspiration in a quote a sent him from Les Miserables, the one about the nettles, and the care of good farmers.
So far I have:
in honor of all that you sow,
And all that you grow.
Something something something something…"
Any advice? I'd like to keep it concise, and I haven't decided if I want to resolve on a rhyme.