9/19/2014

A Vine Ripened Life


Stanley D. Gale, senior minister of The Reformed Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania, explains the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) in his book, A Vine Ripened Life. After two introductory chapters that encourages us to remain in the vine by abiding in Christ, Gale expounds in a chapter each on each of these nine virtues and finally concludes with humility and grace:
  1. Fruit of the Vine (Jn 15:5).
  2. My Father, the Gardener (Jn 15:1-2).
  3. No Ordinary Love (1 Jn 4:9-12).
  4. Joy Inexpressible (1 Pet 1:6-8).
  5. Peace Beyond Understanding (Phil 4:6-7).
  6. The Leaven of Patience (Col 1:9-11).
  7. Not-So-Random Kindness (Eph 2:4-7).
  8. Gracious Goodness (Gal 6:6-12).
  9. A Great Faithfulness (Lk 16:10-12).
  10. Gentle Strength (Mt 11:28-30).
  11. Self-Control or Willpower (2 Tim 1:7-9).
  12. Potent Humility (Jas 4:6, 10).
  13. Grace Grown (Tit 2:11-14).
There are also questions at the end of each chapter that are useful for personal reflection and group Bible study. A Vine Ripened Life is well written with many relevant stories that make Scripture real and applicable. It encourages readers to pursue the fruit of the Spirit not by our will power but organically through the grace of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit in us. I recommend the book to all who want to grow in love, joy and peace.

I received a copy of the book for free from Reformation Heritage Books via Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my review. I am under no obligation to provide a favorable review.