In this memoir driven narrative, Washington author, Deanna Nowadnick shares how she discovered God’s love and faithfulness from child to adulthood. Her journey included teenage defiance, bulimia and sometimes a pity party of “why me” after she endured several joint replacements, one a replacement recall. Her question of “why me” brought her full-circle to question, “Why not me?”
She retells the journey that taught her she was “God’s child” because He created her in his image, with a specific plan and purpose for such a woman as she. That meant her specific talents and strengths, but also her weaknesses.
The book’s focus is from Galatians 5:22-23 where the Apostle Paul wrote, “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.”
The practice of these “fruits” is rarely easy, however Deanna learned if she focused on the “trials of this life,” she overlooked the harvest of forgiveness “…that springs forth …”from God’s unmerited favor and grace.
Engaging, honest writings capture readers from her first words, “I’m a mess…on good days I whine and complain…on bad days I whine more…” to “…I’m overweight and under the illusion that I’m going to wake up skinny…”
Photographs of the seasons Deanna writes about accompany each of nine chapters that begin in childhood and end with marriage and middle-age. This small book with a large message began as a short story for her two grown sons, Kyle and Kevin. An assortment of songs, such as “Blessed Assurance” is included, along with assorted scripture and prayers.
The book is an insightful quick read that fits easily into purse or bag or on a nightstand. Readers will identify with Deanna’s honest vulnerability that leaves spiritual refreshment in its wake. To download a sample chapter: http://fruitofmyspirit.com/author/fruit8215/
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‘Fruit of the Spirit,’ by Deanna Nowadnick, Rhododendron Books, 2012, 114 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0983589723, $12.95
From the Back Cover:
*Is there really a place in God's heart for a defiant child?
*In His divine plans for a self-centered teenager?
*In His family for an adult who gets tired and impatient?
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.
This is Deanna Nowadnick's first book. When not writing, she serves as the Client Service Coordinator for a financial advisor. 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 lives in Monroe, WA.
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