Sharing the Fruit of God’s Spirit
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Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.
Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.
More Inspirational Thoughts
Last week I talked about my son’s friend, a young man who’s a felon. When I finished filming, I immediately had a moment. Should I have said he was an ex-felon? I googled the question: “Felon or ex-felon?” and learned that a felon is someone convicted of a felony, whether still in prison or not. Going to some discussion boards, it appears a person can be a former criminal, an ex-con, but always a felon. Wow, I thought. Someone can serve their time, make restitution, change the course of their life, but society will always consider them a felon. It made me wonder about how we think about ourselves and those around us, the labels we give ourselves and others.
My son Kyle met his friend at the gym. They’d bonded over tattoos and weightlifting equipment. Over time, while spotting each other, while doing whatever weightlifting guys do, Kyle learned a lot about his friend. “It’s an amazing story, Mom.” Yes, for all of us!
I’m not always not at my finest. During COVID, we’ve all tried to navigate our new normal, respecting the restrictions put into place for our safety and the safety of others, but one Monday I was over it. When I was denied access to my mother-in-law’s assisted living facility, I had a regrettable moment. I was not at my finest. Contrary to the classic, albeit cringe-worthy, line from Love Story, this time love meant having to say I’m sorry.
Let's "walk the W.O.L.K.”
Fruit of My Spirit:
Reframing Life in God’s Grace
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. Deanna 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.
Click HERE to read Fruit of My Spirit’s introduction.
“From the moment I began reading the preface of Fruit of My Spirit I chuckled; here was a writer I related to.”
- Pamela Barrett
“I found myself relating to Deanna’s life, and I’m sure others will too. It is very well written and honest.”
Jody, Jody’s Book Reviews
“I can recommend Fruit of My Spirit both as a useful tool and quality study help.”
Pastor Jeff Longsinger
“Nothing I can write here will equal Deanna Nowadnick’s efforts in Fruit of My Spirit. She had me hooked right from the preface, ‘On good days I whine and complain. On bad days I whine and complain more. I’m impatient whenever life has the audacity to thwart my plans. I get frustrated whenever life presents a detour or a hurdle.’ This woman was writing about me!”
Karen Farris, Friday Tidings
“Deanna’s book first grabbed me when I read the back which said, ‘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.’ Wow…”
“I think Fruit of My Spirit 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.”
“Deanna has written a book that gives us a lot to think about. Through her stories of how God has walked with her and developed her spiritual gifts, we get to look at our own lives and see how God has helped us.”
Sandra K. Stiles
“Deanna is so personal and so intimate with the reader. She is so open and honest about her life and story. I’ll admit that I fell hard for this book.” “This book is warm and loving from cover to cover. By the time I closed the last page, I felt saddened to let the story go.”
“I enjoyed reading Fruit of My Spirit so much! Deanna is a very engaging writer. She draws you in with her personal stories and shows you exactly how God spoke to her through her trials and her shortcomings. I laughed and I even felt emotional at times when I related personally to some of the things she’s gone through in her life.”
Sherri Johnson, Christian Romance Novelist
Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God
SIGNS IN LIFE begins with a late night encounter with law enforcement. In the harsh glare of a flashlight, author DEANNA NOWADNICK learns the consequences of speeding through a stop sign. Other incidents follow. All are linked to the divine signs she’s encountered in that bigger journey through life. Join Deanna as she shares humorous anecdotes and inspirational lessons from her travels with God. See the signs in life. She might be speeding through a stop sign–yet again!–while you’re carefully navigating a busy street, but together we’re all part of a bigger journey, a greater purpose. We’re all part of God’s great story.
As she used to tell her young sons, “Buckle up. We’re going for a ride.”
Take a look at Signs in Life–Prologue HERE.
“Deanna’s stories are engaging. Her writing flows like a comfy conversation. Her reflections on God’s love are instructional. Wow!”
Karen Kramer Farris
“This is the second book I’ve read by Deanna, and once again I enjoyed her down to earth take on our day to day with with God.”
“I can guarantee you that if you read this book there is no way you will not be changed.”
Sandra K. Stiles
“Nowadnick’s transparency throughout is fresh and encouraging. Her application of lessons learned is natural, humorous, and not forced. Signs in Life is a challenge to how you see God and His lessons for your life. Take the challenge and read it.”
Diane E. Tatum
“Ms. Nowadnick has an extremely easy writing style, just remarkably conversational and funny.”
“Again Deanna writes another book that is very thought-provoking about God and his grace.”
“I love the author’s natural, never preachy voice, her gentle (sometimes even laugh-out-loud) humor, and the way these stories flow, as if I’m sitting at the table with a friend. There are surprises and deep revelations”
“Once again Deanna Nowadnick has made me stop and think.”
“I loved this book so much, a bought a second for a friend of mine. The tie in between the experiences in the author’s personal life and biblical stories were amazing, it show how all humanity is effected by the different signs in life. I particularly enjoyed the “rest stops” that concluded each chapter, so that the reader could reflect on what was effecting their life, their similarities with the author and with the Bible. Many of the stories made me laugh and shake my head acknowledging that I had gone through similar situations in my own life. Thoroughly enjoyable, an easy read and very thought provoking.”
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