By Deanna Nowadnick
Rhododendron Books, $12.95, 114 pages

One can call Fruit of My Spirit by Deanna Nowadnick a memoir because readers would find here a lot of biographical information and family photographs. However, it isn’t so. Although the author writes about her childhood and her parenthood, her parents and her marriage, her likes and dislikes, her strengths and weaknesses, the main theme of this book is everlasting and constant presence of God’s unconditional love in her everyday life.

Nowadnick’s book is divided into nine chapters in accordance with the number of fruits of the Spirit in Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Each chapter begins with Greek word for these “fruits” and their definitions, and ends with a song praising God. Looking back and discussing different events in her life, Nowadnick sees God’s love and fruits of his Spirit everywhere, even in the case of being stopped by police for speeding. In addition, as blessed wife, mother, and God’s loved daughter, she is convinced that her life obligation is bringing other people to Christ. To do that, she wrote her book, but it’s up to the reader to determine if she is successful in her enterprise.

Reviewed by Galina Roizman