Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace is Deanna Nowadnick’s personal reflection on how God used various seasons in her life to grow the Spirit’s fruit. Her story isn’t revolutionary or extraordinary, and perhaps that is the true beauty of it. This is the Christian journey, the road of sanctification; God using experiences, people and circumstances to make us more like Him.
Deanna is married and has two boys. Her challenges are like many women – the responsibility of parenting, body image, identity in Christ, struggles with her own parents early on, chronic pain, etc. Each chapter is based on a different fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), and in that chapter Deanna walks you through the season or theme of her life that helped her to develop that quality.
At the end of each chapter is a prayer that Deanna prays to help her continue her growth in that fruit as well – and this is perhaps my favorite part of the whole book – the words to a church hymn that also speak to developing this quality in our lives. I currently attend a church that has a very contemporary worship style, and if there is anything I miss about a traditional service, it is these old hymn of my youth.
If you are in a time in your life when you’re trying to make sense of what God is doing, or if you’ve been there and you just enjoy sharing the journey someone else has had, you will enjoy Fruit of My Spirit. Deanna is honest, vulnerable and transparent about her fears and failures. But more importantly, she’s right on target about how God redeems our weaknesses for His Glory in our lives.
(To purchase, click on the link of the title in the first paragraph to go to Deanna’s website. She has links to purchase there.)
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