Be glad in the Lord and rejoice! Psalm 32:11

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Devotion Book Review - Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God's Grace by Deanna Nowadnick

I'm so pleased to present as my first review of 2013 a book that is part memoir/part devotional and all spirit-filled and inspirational!

In a memoir of missteps and misdeeds, Deanna Nowadnick writes of the hugeness of God's love and faithfulness. Reframing life in God's grace, she discovers an indescribable, indefinable, inexplicable love that has encircled her without fail through joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life.

Fruit of My Spirit is for anyone who's ever questioned God's ability to love and forgive, who's ever wondered about their place in God's family or God's place in theirs. Nowadnick offers hope for those who dare to question, who secretly wonder, and who fear to ask. Through stories of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, you will experience the enormity of God, too.

One of my favorite scriptures is Galatians 5:22-23 - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."  So I was interested in Deanna Nowadnick's view of how this scripture has applied to her life.

Presenting the story of her life through the nine tenets of the scripture, Deanna gives her readers not only a look at the way her life of faith has grown, but also how they can apply these same principles to their own lives in the ongoing search for a beautiful spiritual life.

This is a very personable book that can be read in one sitting or as a bible study. It would be great as a women's bible study or as a gift for someone special.  I highly recommend it.

In her own words -

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. Coming soon is At the Corner of Grace and Mercy: Standing with God at Life’s Crossroads. Both are collections of short stories. Both tell of a loving, faithful God. Each book shares remarkable tales of His grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, editing the monthly newsletter, serving on the Leadership Team, and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. I also play violin. One reviewer asked about a hidden talent and I replied that some Sundays the violin should remain hidden. After a thirty-year break, I have moments of sheer inspiration and others that are truly cringe-worthy.

My reading favorites are rather eclectic. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird gave me the courage to write and to keep writing. Jane Austen warms my heart. Beth Moore feeds my soul and nurtures my faith. Steig Larsson wow’s me. And special mention has to go to Carolyn Keene who gave a young girl her first real love of reading. In third grade I truly just wanted to grow up and be Nancy Drew.

On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

Check out Deanna's website at www.fruitofmyspirit.com

My thanks to Rhodedendron Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Deanna Nowadnick said...

Sharon, thank you for your kind words and review. I pray that 2013 will be a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led time for us all!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Thank you for stopping by, Deanna! I really enjoyed your book!