“Annie Paden’s writing is absolutely delightful. She skillfully blends humor and tender stories into an amazing study about the Fruit of the Spirit. For every woman who craves a Spirit-led life, you will find these pages brimming with deep truths, practical help and self-reflection. Simply stated – I love this book.”
—Alice Gray, author, Stories of the Heart series, The Worn-Out Woman and Small Acts of Grace.
“Once in a while book comes along that captures our attention, yet rarely one that takes us captive. Annie Paden’s book, Fruit Flies, does both. Stories from her heart to ours mirror how much alike we really are and gives us a glimpse of the women God intends us to be. You will laugh, and you will cry as the Spirit begins to ripen His fruit in your life.”
—Nancy Carlson, Women’s ministry leader, Bible study teacher, writer, lay counselor and mentor
“I highly recommend this honest, sensitive, humorous, and practical study on the subject of the Fruit of the Spirit. Fruit Flies is an essential study for building and/or restoring hope, courage, and faith.”
—Kimberly Davidson, MA, Board certified, American Association of Christian Counselors
“One of the best Christian living books I’ve read. Filled with humor, often using her own faux pas to make her points, Annie’s gentle encouragement spurs readers to abandon actions that spoil their Christian testimony and instead walk in the Spirit.”
—Julie Surface Johnson, Author, Over Coffee, Christian advice columnist, Challenges Women Face
"I am delighted with Annie's book about the Fruit of the Spirit. She's done an excellent job of mixing story with study. Her stories are so genuine--the exchanges between Annie and her husband sound very real. I am touched by her words and am honored she attended my writing classes."
—Sherri Langton, Associate Editor for Bible Advocate, Workshop speaker at Christian writers conferences
"If you have ever contemplated reading a "Christian book" but have found it heavy or hard to read, trust me when I tell you that will not be the case when you read Annie Paden's book, Fruit Flies in Our Faith. It is easy to read and you will identify with many of the experiences she shares. You won't want to put the book down and will find yourself laughing and crying at some of her stories. This is a book worth reading more than once. I have added it to my daily devotional time and will pass it on to my friends and loved ones."
"My heart was encouraged and challenged by the truths in Fruit Flies in Our Faith: Nurturing and Sharing the Fruit of the Spirit by Annie Paden. Each chapter, each story, each verse spoke God's truth to me. I want to thank Annie for sharing and for being "REAL" cuz, girl, I GET you! I could 100% relate to her through each story, her transparent actions and attitudes...just everything! The visuals she gave have totally stuck with me. The questions caused me to stop and truly look inward and ask God, "So how am I doing?" Yikes! But then it's so very good to know!
Thank you, Annie.
—Lori Elliott, Bible study member
The women's group at my church recently used Fruit Flies in Our Faith: Nurturing and Sharing the Fruit of the Spirit for our winter study. I can't imagine how hard it was for Annie to be so open and transparent but that is the beauty of the book. She allows us to relate because each one of us struggles in one or more areas. I respect Annie so much for her willingness to share personal experiences and I kept thinking of the verse in 2 Corinthians 4:7, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves...." I can tell it would NOT have been an easy book to write and can't imagine all the "eternal life lesson homework" Annie lived through to write it. Thank you to Annie for doing the hard thing. She shared with such a balance of grace and truth with humility and applied it to her own life first before asking us to apply it to ours. The humor made all the difference, too. I think it opened our spirits.
On the journey with you,
—Libby Sellers, Bible study leader
I really liked Fruit Flies in Our Faith: Nurturing and Sharing the Fruit of the Spirit. It was so practical and interesting. It really helped me see things differently and question some of the ways I do things. Thank you so much for the insight. The stories that helped clarify the points being made were great. Thank you for taking the time to write a book that would apply to anyone. Thank you, Annie, for being led by the Lord in writing this study.
—Shirley Geiter, Bible study member