Over the weekend I read, “Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace” by Deanna Nowadnick. A quick read, I got through most of it while getting a pedicure.
Nowadnick’s book is a gentle tale about decades-long processes in her life that weren’t so gentle. I like her statement in the preface – “As I go forth with God, my efforts to reframe life’s experiences are not just redecorating projects, they’re an opportunity to look back and see His love and forgiveness, to recognize the fruit of His Holy Spirit in my life.”
Through nine different episodes from her life, Nowadnick takes memories of negative experiences and looks more closely to discover God’s love, provision, and patience. I appreciate how, instead of focusing solely on how the fruits of the spirit manifest in human lives, she paints a picture of how God was ever-present with her, displaying those fruits through His care. For example, in the “Joy” chapter, she talks about how she played violin as a child and loved it, then, as a teenager, grew into a place where she no longer enjoyed playing. Her parents sold her instrument, and she was done with it. Decades later, she rediscovered her desire to play music, purchased a violin, and began playing with the worship team at her church. Instead of kicking herself over giving up the violin as a capricious teen and lamenting the years lost, she was able to joyfully embrace music again, recognizing that while the desire to play might have waned in the intervening years, God still wanted her to worship Him musically when she was older.
I think this book will inspire readers to look at their own lives and experiences to see how the same fruits were active and at work around them during difficult times in their own lives.
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