Sunday Book Review: Fruit of My Spirit by Deanna Nowadnick
Posted by elainemcooper on August 19, 2012
Posted by Elaine Marie Cooper
Deanna Nowadnick has been running away from God’s abundant orchard most of her life. But late in adulthood, she has chosen to stop and pick His fruit.
What began as a personal missive to her sons to describe how she met their father long ago, Deanna’s writing journey then broadened to include her life’s struggles and triumphs.
In Fruit of My Spirit, she describes her early years of rebellion, where her self-will led her down paths of discouragement and self-defeat. She felt unloved and unfulfilled, yet she freely admits her sin nature constantly thwarted the work of God in her life. Instead, she writes, He wanted her to produce the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
This is a book for anyone who is flawed (that will include us all). Fruit of My Spirit will help caulk the gaps in your life—so get ready for the caulking gun!
Nowadnick’s style is creative, at times amusing, and always to the point:
“God knew He would have to pound out character flaws and recall my attitude. God knew I would be a piece of work.
“And to this cellular mass of sin and doubt, God promised a different kind of peace, not the calm that comes after an electrical storm or the rest that comes poolside, but the peace given me by Him.”
A self-described prodigal daughter, Nowadnick has gripped onto the Savior late in life, rejoicing in God’s grace and provision, even when she was not aware of His presence. He “replaced my fleeting moments of happiness with His joy,” she writes, and “took my fear and replaced it with the courage to let go and let Him.”
This book is an inspiring story of bold truth as well as an affirmation that it is never too late to become a living example of the fruit of God’s Spirit.
I give Fruit of My Spirit: Four out of Five Reflections
Deanna Nowadnick lives in Monroe, WA. When not writing, she serves as the Client Service Coordinator for an investment advisory firm. She’s active in her church, playing the violin and editing the monthly newsletter. She loves to knit, adores chocolate, and most important, enjoys a blessed marriage to Kurt. Deanna has also contributed articles to Gather Magazine and Lutheran Women’s Quarterly.
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