"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
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.