This was a collection of eighteen stories by the Brunstetter’s, Mother, Wanda, Daughter In Law, Jean and Granddaughter, Richelle.
Each story covered one of the Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23, Love, Joy, Peace, Long-suffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Meekness, Temperance.
These stories caused me to do lots of soul searching and introspection of my own self. Some hit very close to home!
The lesson in The Beautiful Quilt was about pride and how we let ourselves think highly of our accomplishments without giving God the credit He deserves. Betty’s Dog reminded me of the saying “and a little child shall lead them.” Betty’s dog came up missing and she diligently prayed everyday, several times a day that God would send Jack back home. Weeks went by when although her parents helped her search, they had almost given up hope but not Betty. She just knew God was going to answer.
The hardship of caring for many children and also caring for aging parents was brought into the stories. Sometimes what we are asked or expected to do seems overwhelming. We think we know better than others and don’t ask God for help. Difficulty with neighbors, being jealous of those with children when we haven’t been successful in having our own, blaming ourselves when a loved one dies, being tempted for something we shouldn’t have like junk food. So many things we try to do on our own, thinking we don’t need to bother God with it when He wants us to ask for help and depend on Him.
These were well written and the best part to me was the scripture included at the end of each story that corresponded to that “lesson”.
Get a copy of this book, grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit on your on front porch while enjoying these very human stories.
I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book from the publisher through the Barbour Review Crew but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise. All opinions are strictly my own.