How did you develop the idea for this book?

I spent many years as the director of children’s ministries at my church, and during those years I used curriculum for the fruit of the Spirit a few times. After teaching through it, I often reflected that there must be more to the fruit of the Spirit than character development and cute fruit pictures, but it took a few years to develop the idea into a book. One day I thought, “If the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, then Christ must have displayed all the fruits of the Spirit”. So I went on a search to discover times when Jesus’s actions or teachings indicated a fruit of the Spirit, and ended up doing a 4-month study in the Gospels. That study was turned into 100 devotions for families to discover together, all based on how Jesus Christ displayed the fruit of the Spirit.

What did you enjoy the most about the writing process?

I love those times when I have no idea where to start, because it forces me to look around and get creative. God always pulls through with some little tidbit or point of view dropped into my mind, enabling each devotional to be unique and practical.

What did you struggle with the most during the writing process?

I discovered that writing devotionals is hard work! Every 400 words, I needed to come up with a completely new hook, as well as an application that was appropriate for kids of all ages. As a homeschool mom, I also wanted most of my examples to be applicable to homeschool children (rather than being all school related, as many devotionals are), so I needed to get quite creative with scenarios that fit a wide variety of children.

What tips can you give authors about working with freelance editors?

When I first open an edited document, I have to be willing to be surprised. Sometimes the devotions I thought were superb were the ones that needed the most work, and it takes a teachable spirit to be willing to accept criticism and rewrite your work based on the suggestions of someone who’s not privy to your thought process. I suggest reading the suggestions over once, then allowing yourself to consider them for a few days. Consider them like you would a rough diamond, turning them over to see where the suggestions will make your manuscript shine, where you might need to cut, and where you actually should just leave it.

What does winning the Editors’ Choice Award mean to you?

I’m absolutely thrilled to win this award. Back in ninth grade, I had a writing teacher who told the entire class we needed to find twenty to thirty things to edit in our work. She then leaned over my desk and whispered, “You only need to find ten.” That moment of teacher recognition has stayed with me as a testament to the power of a cleanly written document. To my ninth-grade mind, it simply meant less work. Now, it means I can communicate more clearly and share the love of God with more people. And … it’s still less work to write cleanly from the start!

About Christie Thomas

I believe that EVERY Christian mom can confidently nurture deep faith roots in her kids through tiny habits that add up over time.

These tiny habits will grow like roots in your family, and they allow you to be more creative and go deeper with your kids as you develop confidence in God’s faithfulness and in your leadership skills.

When you join the Little Shoots, Deep Roots community, you will learn to lead your kids spiritually through little faith habits, without feeling like you have to do it all or know it all.

I’m all about making family faith fun and simple so that your kids love it, and you can feel confident that you’re nurturing deep faith roots in your family.

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You can learn more about the Editors’ Choice Award in our recent blog post, Getting to Know the CEA’s Editors’ Choice Award. We’re currently accepting entries and recruiting judges for next year’s contest. You can learn more about submission guidelines and how to become a judge at Editors’ Choice Award | Christian Editors Association. Stay tuned to learn about our other winners in future posts.