About the Books
These stories were born as I struggled to find a meaningful way to have conversations with my kids about what a healthy response to God's love looks like and how that response comes about in their life. A response not simplified into a rigid list of ways I want them to behave, but a space where they can discover a response that is born in them and is aware of who they are. I wanted a story that shows that the fruit of the Spirit is both a moment-by-moment choice and the movement of God in them.
As I talked through the nine fruits of the Spirit with my kids I became aware of how animated our conversations were and how different movements were used as we talked about love vs. self-control. This gave me the idea of portraying them as ribbons. Each could move differently and in ways that might help kids better grasp their meaning. To strengthen this I surveyed people asking them what colours they pictured for the different fruits of the Spirit (a valuable exercise in itself). As people shared their colour choices with me I was surprised at how much they had in common. Once I began to combine the colours and the movements of the ribbon I found I had something that was open enough to hold conversation about how the fruit of the Spirit appears differently in the lives of different people. I hope these nine stories can be the space for other parents to have those conversations with their own kids.
Each book spotlights one of the nine fruits of the Spirit. Portrayed as animated, colorful ribbons, the fruits of the Spirit are given form, shape, and colour that help young readers visualize them in a fresh and memorable way. Tangible, but still abstract, they give space for several different readings. As each book explains and explores a particular fruit of the Spirit, children will learn practical ways of applying them in real and daily choices. They already know that growing into the person God wants them to be and making the choices He’s designed for them can be hard. But in each story they are reminded: “these are the choices that God has designed for you, and at all times, you have His help to choose well.”
"As I talked through the fruits of the Spirit with my kids I became aware of how animated our conversations were and how different movements were used as we talked about love vs. self-control. This gave me the idea of portraying them as ribbons."
Patience for Peter
When Peter’s little sister gets sick, the whole family loses a night of sleep and Peter’s Saturday morning quickly goes from fun to frustrating. His parents are tired, his sister is screaming, and he can’t even find some peace and quiet to read. What choices will Peter make as his frustration builds?
Kindness for Karen
When a new girl shows up at church on Sunday morning Karen faces a difficult choice. She knows that saying “Hi” and welcoming her would help the new girl feel better, but Karen is shy and gets so nervous when she has to talk to new people. How can Karen make a good choice when she is so nervous?