Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Weekly Recommendation: "A Gardener Looks at the Fruits of the Spirit"

This week, we will begin a new series looking at the Fruits of the Spirit. In anticipation for this series, I want to recommend the book, "A Gardener Looks at the Fruits of the Spirit" by W. Phillip Keller. Keller is best known for his book, "A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23."

In this book, Keller looks at the Fruits of the Spirit through the lens of a gardener. The author begins by looking at Jesus' Parable of the Sower and it's significance. He then looks at each fruit of the Spirit describing by each is essential to the Christian life.

Although Keller's book is anything but deep, it is still a good read. There is very little that is difficult or hard to understand. Each fruit is a a major component of what it means to be a Christian and the author provides little new insight. Rather, he provides brief, and at times simple, look at each fruit and why they are important. I would recommend this book to anyone who has very little background in theology and/or is new to the faith.

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