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"I like how Fruit-Bearer reads; it is open and transparent and the reader feels very safe. I think my favorite part is where the author records the words of prophecy the Lord has given her. These are extremely powerful and will speak volumes to Christians not yet acquainted with the works of the Holy Spirit. The "Seeds for Thought" give the book the individuality it needs to be remembered. And the prayer at the end of every chapter allows time for personal reflection. Indeed, God's Spirit seems to have breathed upon the pages." -- Linda Eckman, TNT Ministries, Kennett Square, PA

"I've read Fruit-Bearer three times with the critical eye of a professional writer and critiquer. Each time, I've found myself drawn into Candy's story and have been ministered to in a deep way. God has used Candy's experience with the Holy Spirit to rekindle my hunger for a deep relationship with Him and to encourage me to persevere in my own ministry." -- Marlene Bagnull, Author and Founder of Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference

"This book is extremely powerful and practical. My mom read it and said, 'It's the first book that compelled me to have my Bible open and ready to read suggested verses.' And I tried the journaling God really spoke! In slowing down and writing out what I thought I heard, I was able to hear more clearly and to distinguish 'me' from 'He'." -- Kim Eckman, Coatesville, PA

Fruit-Bearer is an intimate, revealing account of one woman's incredible spiritual journey as she asks the question, 'What can I do for You, Lord?' As the Holy Spirit reveals himself, Candy Abbott shares her personal discoveries and provides an in-depth guidebook to fruitful living. For those of us who dare to accept His challenge in these closing days of the twentieth century, she provides not only instruction, but inspiration." -- Gail Black Kopf, Author of Rubicon

From Greek mythology to medieval morality plays to modern self-help books, man has been absorbed in the examination of personal relationships. The interaction of child to parent, sibling to sibling, and man to woman offer an endless variation of combinations. In her newly released book Fruit-Bearer: What Can I Do For You, Lord? Candace F. "Candy" Abbott has chosen to write about another relationship her personal relationship with the Holy Spirit.

"It's in John 10:3," she explained, quoting the scripture, 'The sheep listen to His voice; He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.' That's exactly what He's done with me," she said.

Although always strongly religious, Mrs. Abbott said she had been unable to express herself effectively as a witness for her faith. Then 10 years ago, she received the inspiration to begin writing her personal testimonial, a guidebook for exploring one's relationship with God and the Holy Spirit. She said she heard the call on Thanksgiving Day in 1984. As she sat waiting for family members to dress for the drive to holiday dinner, she toyed with a jigsaw puzzle. She experienced what she terms "a revelation."

"I felt the call from the Lord to write a book," she said. "The whole book has to do with our lives fitting together like that puzzle."

Using pencil and lined paper, she wrote 300 pages in three months. The title came through her goal to reach "people who want to bear good fruit in a rotten-apple society." Three times the manuscript was submitted to publishing firms, and three times it was rejected. After each rejection, Mrs. Abbott completely rewrote her "guidebook." Moving from pencil and paper to a computer, she used desktop publishing and graphic software packages to design the entire book herself. Although the first copies are self-published, she hopes to find a publisher who will offer the book in secular, as well as Christian markets.

Mrs. Abbott expressed amusement that the finished book should be on bookshelves at Thanksgiving, exactly 10 years after she began. Beyond the sense of accomplishment at finishing, the book has brought other rewards.

"Until now it's been extremely personal and private. I was always afraid to speak in public," she said, "but I'm not now, because now I have something to say. There are so many people in this world trying to cope without an anchor, people who feel something is missing in their lives."

Her message is arranged in easily digestible chapters, each prefaced with a scripture, appropriately called "seed for thought." She stresses the importance of private communion with the Holy Spirit in the discovery process.

"It's quiet time alone, waiting to see what He wants to say to you," she said. "It's special, unique, for each person."

Through anecdotes from her own daily life, she reveals what she has learned through Bible teachings, Christian writers, and "tuning in to the Holy Spirit."

She laughed good-humoredly about potential detractors, especially when the book touches upon Bible prophecy and her belief that Christ's return is imminent.

"Don't get so caught up in achieving the goal that you don't enjoy the steps along the way," she advised with a smile.

Mrs. Abbott has been invited to speak before many women's groups and hopes to organize women's seminars in the future. She expressed willingness to answer any questions about the self-publishing process and to share her experiences -- Daily Whale, November 28, 1994, and Sussex Post, November 30, 1994 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Fruit-Bearer has been market-tested since its release in November 1994. The first printing sold out within one month and the second printing is still going strong.

The manager of the Gospel Shop in Salisbury, Maryland says, "There's nothing like it on the shelves right now. It's powerful and very much needed. One of our customers said it's the best book she's ever read." The owner of Drift In Book Sales, Inc., in Cambridge, Maryland, wrote to Candy about her visit and speech, "The effect that you had on our little enclave was, to say the least, miraculous. Never has an event here stirred such a deep emotional response."

An unsolicited letter from Donna Brittingham, is typical of readers' reactions: "I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you that I think your book Fruit-Bearer is outstanding and ranks right up there with some of those well-known authors like Ortland, Hinn and Swindoll. The personal touch you've shared with your reader the depth and breadth of your subject, the excellent biblical references the thought-provoking quotes, the artwork the beauty of your prayers really touched me and I'm sure do the same for others. Being able to read your actual journal entries (not just read about them) gives your reader an idea of what's possible through committed prayer. I thank you!

"Your writing style is very readable. You've fit so very much into a well constructed and neat package. You move the reader along in such a way it keeps their attention and anxious to hear what's next. You have a wonderful writing talent surpassed only by the beauty of your message.

"I've had your book about six months. I skimmed it quickly at first, but find I'm frequently drawn back to it to read, think and look up your references. Your book is the kind that you go out and buy for your friends because you don't want to give up your copy." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fruitbearer Publishing (January 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886068070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886068070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,043,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Lagana on June 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Candy Abbott not only shares great messages in her book, she also walks-the-talk. When my wife, Laura, and I asked Candy to help us get our book "Serving Time, Serving Others" published, she agreed, and said that she and The Holy Spirit would be working together. What a pleasure it was working with Candy. We had a book in the hands of our readers only four months after making that commitment. We think so highly of her book that we include Fruitbearer in our back-of-the-room sales wherever we speak.

Serving Productive Time: Stories, Poems, and Tips to Inspire Positive Change from Inmates, Prison Staff, and Volunteers

Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Hope, Healing and Forgiveness (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Serving Time, Serving Others: Acts of Kindness by Inmates, Prison Staff, Victims, and Volunteers

Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul: Stories to Celebrate the Spirit of Courage, Caring and Community
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By -Linda Hostelley on June 8, 2006
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"Fruitbearer is one of those books that you will go back to read over and over again, when you are searching for the next move of God in your life. Candy's ability to connect the reader to find their identity in Christ is just a masterpiece. I have recommended and given away many copies of her book for:

1.the person who is looking to find God in a delicate and loving way with no 'religion' being shoved down your throat.

2.for the person who has a new relationship and desires more depth with the Lord so they in turn will be able to touch the hearts of others with the love of Christ.

3. and for the seasoned Christian who is seeking answers for where God is beckoning them to their wonderful 'place called next.'

Personally, I received invaluable inspiration and gems of encouragment to begin writing my second book, which is now going to be a series. But it was 'between the lines' where Candy deposited something in me to be lifechanging. Keep writing Candy!!!"
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Fruitbearer by Candy Abbott is not only a glimpse of the author’s own experiences as she has grown in Christ but can serve as a reference throughout the life of any believer in Jesus. Candy gives a road map that a new believer can trust- from the first eye-opening moment acknowledging that Jesus really is the Savior to her last breath when she hears ‘well done’. Candy’s solid teaching on living the Christian life is a faithful guide. She takes the reader through the importance of the quiet time with the Lord and learning to listen to his voice , to being baptized in the Holy Spirit, to the life of Power that His indwelling brings, to the mature believer’s need to prioritize around her own call, gifts and talent. She reminds the believer that it is not within herself that she gathers the resources to fulfill the call, but that it is the one who calls that equips her. I recommend Fruitbearer for individual growth or group study.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mhoppy1@aol.com on June 3, 1998
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I was, at first, simply curious about Candy Abbot's book. Candy and I attended the same high school many years ago, although we did not know each other, and we will soon be attending a long-awaited reunion. When I heard that she had written a book, I just had to see what it was about. What I found in Fruit-Bearers has been life-changing. Reading it has been like carrying on a heartfelt conversation with an intimate friend. Candy tells the story of her spiritual journey in such a way that any of us can relate to the trip. In reading the book, you will feel more comfortable with your own spiritual journey and will be able to take comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone in the bumps, ruts, scenic views and comfort-stations that you will encounter along the way. For those seeking a closer relationship with the Lord, or for those who already have a close relationship and simply want to review the trip, this book is a must-read!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandria, VA on June 26, 2001
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I picked this book up and thumbed through a few pages. With just that I bought 1 copy, then went back and got another for my sister. It's unbelieveable and can't say much more about it. It will change your feelings about your life in Christ and give you encouragement like you won't believe. Candy's writing style is so simple,it's as if you were sitting in a chair listening to her. She is real and so is her approach to life. It's practical and the format at the end of each chapter, challenges us to read and apply God's word to our own life. She's telling us what we need to hear and I plan to buy copies for our next ladies retreat.
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