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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
I have been a minister for over forty years and must say that Fruit for Thought by Art Edwards is one of the finest exegeses of the fruit of the Spirit that I have read. This book is full of golden nuggets. In his opening remarks, Art mentions that the reader won’t find orthodox Christianity in this book. In my opinion, it is exceptionally orthodox. His explanation that the fruit is active and not passive is how I have taught it and have been taught about it since I was a child. It does take a church (village) to make the Gospel work. Only by putting the divisions of the fruit into practical action can others see Christ in you. So I will agree that his teaching is not dead orthodoxy.
Art Edwards goes back to the original Greek meanings of the various words used to describe the fruit of the Spirit. The Word of God is “quick” (Hebrews 4:12), meaning “living.” Since the Word is alive, one should interpret it and apply its meaning to daily living. Art does this masterfully. The important thing to remember is that Christianity is not about the words but the deeds those words produce. The list in Galatians starts with love, but Art covers that last. In his opinion, the rest of the fruit emanates from love. The fruit of the Spirit involves and emphasizes the unity found in Christ. For example, peace is not just being peaceful but actively becoming a peacemaker uniting various factions. Read this book for a fresh look at fruit and how to live it out in your daily life.