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|Title: Fruit Full: 100 Family Experiences for Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit|
By: Christie Thomas
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2022
|Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW5447280
Author: Christie Thomas
Located in: Alberta, Canada
Submitted: January 27, 2022
Tell us a little about yourself. I worked in Children's Ministry for over a dozen years, but "retired" a few years ago to work from home and homeschool my 3 boys. I do most of my writing late at night, beside a cup of lukewarm tea. I love to encourage Christian families how to share Christ with their kids without feeling like they have to know it all or do it all. I believe that little faith habits (like spending 5-8 minute reading these devotions!) will add up and compound over time, leading to deeply rooted kids who love God and his creations.
What was your motivation behind this project? I have spent many years growing in the fruit of the Spirit. Mostly, I've grown in joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and still need to grow a lot in the area of self-control (especially when it comes to cookies). I am grateful for the continued work of the Holy Spirit in my life, guiding and growing me to be more like Jesus. Because really, that's what the fruit of the Spirit is about, right? The fruit is not a list of attributes to memorize, or even study verses about. These fruits are the ways we grow to be as we spend our lives abiding with Jesus. We always do it imperfectly, but He does his job perfectly. After getting a BSc in Biology, I spent my entire adult working life in Children's Ministries until, a few years ago, God called me home to educate my three boys and to run the online ministry, Little Shoots, Deep Roots. I don't know about you, but it's in parenting that I've most desperately needed God's fruit to grow in my life. I pray that this book would help you abide in Christ as your family uses this book: read the stories, talk, pray, maybe even get a little silly. Above all, may you know Christ deeper.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? In Fruit Full, I want to help your family focus on how Jesus lived out the fruit of the Spirit...and how, as we abide in Christ, the Holy Spirit makes us more like Jesus.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Cute fruits and Bible memory alone won't truly help our kids grow, BUT they can be part of a well-rounded, kid-friendly approach to abiding in Christ. Go to fruitofthespiritbook.com to download the ultimate Fruit of the Spirit verse card package, including a verse for each fruit in 3 formats: card, poster, and coloring page. (Currently available in NIV, ESV, NLT, and KJV.) The verses are the ones recommended to memorize as families go through each section of the book, so you are pairing Bible memory WITH truths about Jesus, discussion, and prayer. The download also includes activities for each fruit to help your kids abide in Christ in fun, kid-friendly ways (perfect for home or church).
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