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Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite
A Strange Chat at the Fruit Stand by Lesha Greenlea is an inspiring book on one of the main lessons in Christianity, namely God's presence in our lives. The author paints a tragic but painfully familiar story about a protagonist who was so caught up in the business of her life that she had effectively pushed God out of her routine. And yet, God has a unique way of prompting us to come back to Him, even if it is just through an unplanned trip to the produce stand. Through this story, we get to see how our heroine Alexis's life turns a whole 180 degrees after she had a personal encounter with God and got to know Him and His beloved fruits of the Spirit.
Having fallen into the trap of prioritizing other things before God, I definitely can relate to Alexis. Perhaps we all need a reminder in the form of "A Strange Chat at the Fruit Stand" to remember that God's presence in our lives should be heavily coveted and treated as the precious treasure it is. I adore Lesha Greenlea's imaginative comparisons of actual physical fruit and the fruits of the Spirit. While they may seem unrelated at first glance, she draws parallels that not only make sense but changed the way I see fruits too. Having always assumed that God works only through miraculous ways, Lesha teaches me that He also works through the ordinary. I have read many books about personal encounters with God, but this one knocks the ball out of the park!