Books



Books by Iris Lee Underwood


About the author

The Mantle
From sunrise to sunset, season to season, we do not know what hardship will fall upon our path. It is by faith and grace we do not stumble. And when we do, it is by faith and grace we rise again. SO BEGINS the Mahari love story, at once a keen and fertile legend of a noble people who live by the Maker’s truth, mercy, loving-kindness, forgiveness, and resilience.  Survivor of Hu Mani, the Great Ruin of invasion and pestilence, ancient and wise King Hamrabi scribed the Word Tree to preserve the Mahari Way, in faith as a confident foretaste to coming generations: Learn the Words. Love the Words. Live the Words. Now eight generations later the tribe’s lifeblood – and very existence – hangs in the balance. Without an heir to the throne there is doom for the Mahari Way, and an evil branch of the royal line seeks to destroy the kingdom. But at the right time, a prince is born, and Rahabem’s journey as heir to the Mantle, and the Mahari throne, is a path filled with the brace of loving community, adventure, friendship, and self-discovery. As he grows to fulfill his parcae, by grace he leads his people to an astonishing discovery and reunion with kinsmen from the Other Side, in redemption and fulfillment of the Maker’s Way.

To order, please mail a $33 check payable to Iris Lee Underwood to PO Box 61, Lakeville, MI 48366.




Growing Lavender and Other Poems
More than a book of poems on gardening and the art of living, Growing Lavender and Other Poems is a collection to be savored: a modern woman's Walden that chronicles Iris's journey through everyday joys and loss. There is delight in the heady scent of lavender, seeing a smiling "black dog racing" and recognizing "you've seen something amazing in this crazy world." Iris's quieted mind speaks courage and beauty to everyone who has ever lost a loved one or cherished a garden.

Currently out of print




Encouraging Words for All Seasons
This book is about finding encouragement in all seasons of life. Iris Lee Underwood encourages the reader to embrace each season for its particular benefits: to find love, joy and peace where hate, despair, and strife prevail. She believes if we learn to see with our spiritual eyes, if we keep the eyes of our souls open, fear will diminish and failure will turn to opportunity because we have embraced courage. From season to season, become an observer and participant in life through the power of encouragement.

Currently out of print


Iris was born in Kentucky and grew up in Michigan where she married and raised her three daughters. The Tri-City Times of Imlay City, Almont and Armada publishes her weekly letter titled “Honest Living.” She’s a memoirist, poet, blooming novelist, and adores gardening, travel, and the art of storytelling. She resides in Leonard, Michigan, with her husband, cat Mo, five hens, and two mountain dulcimers.