*My Books*

*Media Appearances*

*Podcasts*

Chatologie with Angie Elkins: The fruit of the Spirit is not a coconut

Drive-Thru Moms podcast (with Lynn Nichter) EPISODE 33: How to Create Fruit Full Faith Habits With Your Kids

The Bible for Kids Podcast, S4 Ep 4 (with Amy Parker and Mike Nawrocki)

When God Breaks Through, with Bethany Kimsey: Connecting With Your Sons

the Build Your Best Family Podcast: Helping Kids Overcome Worry

The Playfully Faithful Parenting Podcast: Starting Little


Build Your Best Family Podcast: Helping Your Kids Develop a "Fruit Full" Life

Dr. Paul's Family Talk (Live Radio and Podcast): Faith and Family

Journey of Ruth podcast (with Courtney Lowman): Small Changes To Help You better Disciple Your Child

Love Where You Are, S2 E11 (with Somer Colbert): Discipling Your Kids in the Fruit of the Spirit

Only ONE thing Podcast (with Melanie Salte)

Hearts At Rest Podcast: 
Pep Talk for Weary Moms

Growing Home Together, with Rob and Joanna Teigen: How a Mom Can Connect With Her Son and Build a Foundation of Faith in His Life

The More To Be podcast with Elisa Pulliam: Resting in God's Arms Amidst Loss and Anxiety

About the Author: Christie Thomas

I have spent many years growing in the fruit of the Spirit. Mostly, I've grown in joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and still need to grow a lot in the area of self-control (especially when it comes to cookies).

I am grateful for the continued work of the Holy Spirit in my life, guiding and growing me to be more like Jesus. Because really, that's what the fruit of the Spirit is about, right?

The fruit is not a list of attributes to memorize, or even study verses about. These fruits are the ways we grow to be as we spend our lives abiding with Jesus. We always do it imperfectly, but He does his job perfectly. 

After getting a BSc in Biology, I spent my entire adult working life in Children's Ministries until, a few years ago, God called me to educate my three boys and to run Little Shoots, Deep Roots. If you're looking for other books  to help your kids know and love God, they're listed here. 

I don't know about you, but it's in parenting that I've most desperately needed God's fruit to grow in my life. I pray that Fruit Full would help you abide in Christ as your family uses this book: read the stories, talk, pray, maybe even get a little silly. Above all, may you know Christ deeper.

🌱 Growing with you,
Christie

"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."

Philippians 1:6 NLT

What People Are saying About fruit Full

CHRIST-CENTERED

Christie has given us a book about the fruits of the Spirit that is beautifully Christ-Centered and grace-filled. I can’t wait to recommend Fruit Full to the families in my church.

Pastor Tom Baird

Lead Pastor, Maranatha Church, Belleville  

REFRESHINGLY CONTEMPORARY

Fruit Full is grounded in Scripture and refreshingly contemporary. This family-focused devotional is sure to bring your kids and you closer together.

Brock Eastman

Author of Faith and Science with Dr. FizzlebopBedtime on Noah's Ark, and The Quest for Truth series

PRACTICAL AND FUN

As a pastor and father, I often ask myself how to have more Spirit-filled conversations about Jesus with my kids. Fruit Full highlights that growing and vibrant faith emerges from families that commit to daily rhythms of sitting, playing and receiving the gift of God’s freedom. Christie Thomas rightly reminds us that finding our belonging in the hands of our creator-gardener is not just good news, it’s the best news.

I recommend Fruit Full to any parent seeking practical ways to have fun and learn more about Jesus with your kids. Not only will your kids be blessed by the love and intentionality in this resource, but you will too.

Cris Harper

Pastor of Bethel Community Church, Edmonton

PRACTICAL AND RELATIONAL

Christie does a fabulous job of making big virtues accessible to little people. Fruit Full is a lovely meditation on the fruit of the Spirit - drawing together the words of Christ and the experiences of His disciples to help children (and their adults!) better understand how we can see evidence of the Spirit's work in our own lives.

This guide is practical and relational—easy enough for a tired parent at the end of the day, but deep enough to produce real conversation and a better understanding of who Christ is and who he has created us to be.

Danielle Hitchen

Author of the Baby Believer series

COMPREHENSIVE AND DELIGHTFUL

Fruit Full is the most comprehensive, well-written family devotional on the Fruits of the Spirit that I have ever read. 

A thoroughly easy-to-read, delightful devotional.

Glenys Nellist

author of the Love Letters from God, Snuggle Time and Good News series.

DEPTH AND WARMTH

Christie Thomas’s approach to helping children grow in Christ exhibits everything you’d want in a devotional: depthwarmth, and surprising insights.

—Marianne Hering

Author of the Imagination Station book series

KID-FRIENDLY, COMPREHENSIVE

Christie Thomas provides a tremendous resource for families in this outstanding collection of devotions based on the Fruit of the Spirit. Her brilliant mix of contemporary stories and Bible stories speaks truth to children in a positive and enjoyable way. 

The Fruit of the Spirit is a well-known, yet difficult concept to grasp, until now. Through this kid-friendly, comprehensive study, children will learn how to be rooted in Jesus in order to experience continual spiritual growth.

Crystal Bowman

Bestselling, award-winning author of over 100 books for children including Our Daily Bread for Kids, and I love You to the Stars: When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers.   

BIBLICALLY SOUND AND FUN TO READ

So often, I find it is a struggle to make abstract, spiritual concepts real and relatable to kids. But Christie Thomas has done exactly that in Fruit Full.

By combining Bible stories with some of her own personal adventures, Thomas has created a resource that is both biblically sound and fun to read. She goes beyond explanations to encourage children to look for the Spirit’s fruits in their own lives, as well as to seek a deeper connection with Christ.

With just the right amount of humor to keep kids engaged, Fruit Full is sure to be a sweet experience for your family’s devotion time.

Tama Fortner

Award-winning author of more than forty books, including Simply Christmas: A Busy Mom’s Guide to Reclaiming the Peace of the Holidays