Making God Smile (Fruit Of The Spirit Devotional) – Book Review

Making God Smile

Making God Smile: Living The Fruit Of The Spirit One Day At A Time

How do you learn to live a life that’s filled with faithfulness, self-control, patience, gentleness, kindness, love, goodness, peace, and joy?

You do it by choosing to follow the leading of God and His Holy Spirit day in and day out in every aspect of your life!

Need some encouragement? Kim Taylor Henry has written a unique devotional entitled Making God Smile: Living The Fruit Of The Spirit One Day At A Time to keep you focused as you pursue your goal!

Making God Smile is a 365-day devotional that devotes 40 days to helping you to better understand and cultivate each fruit of the spirit in your life. Kim chose the number 40 because of its spiritual significance in the Bible – she indicates that it represents “a time of resting, followed by renewal, restoration, or a momentous change.”

Each devotion contains a passage of Scripture to reflect on, a reflection filled with spiritual insight, and a prayer to prompt you as you begin your own conversation with God.

The devotions are undated (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc.) so that you can comfortably begin your journey whenever you like.

If you are trying to grow in your spiritual life, Making God Smile is a wonderful devotional companion to accompany on your daily walk. As Kim writes:

For God’s fruit is fruit of the spirit, not fruit of the believer. To live it consistently, we need to follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives (Galatians 5:16). When we do, we will produce his fruit; we’ll live the way he wants us to. When we ignore him and try to produce it alone, we’ll still produce fruit, but it won’t be the Spirit’s fruit. It will be its opposite – lack of love, absence of joy, discord, impatience, unkindness and self-centeredness, deficiency of goodness, unfaithfulness, harshness, and little self-control.

I encourage you to cultivate the fruit of the spirit in your life not only as a way of Making God Smile, but also as a way of making those around you smile too!

I rate this books 5 out of 5 stars.


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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Worthy Publishing. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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8 Responses to “Making God Smile (Fruit Of The Spirit Devotional) – Book Review”

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  1. Kim Henry says:

    Thank you for your review! I’m excited to have your readers join me on a journey to more consistently live the fruit of God’s Spirit each day. We’ve just begun a new Facebook Group called Making God Smile. It exists so we can encourage each other on this journey. Join and post and receive encouragement anytime at, or just go to FB and search for makinggodsmile.

  2. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Thanks for linking up at Booknificent Thursday on! This devotional sounds delightful!

  3. Sounds great! Thanks for the review!

  4. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16

    This book sounds like it would make a great Bible study. Thanks so much for sharing on the #LMMLinkup this week.

    • Kim Henry says:

      Hi Mary- I agree! Making God Smile is great for individual and for group study. In groups, we can encourage each other, discuss what’s been read, and hold each other accountable. In fact, I’m working on a Leader’s Guide for group study! You can send me your e-mail through the Contact page on my website at or directly at and I’ll be happy to let you know when the Leader’s Guide becomes available.
      -Thank you for commenting! Kim Henry

      • Create With Joy
        Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

        How awesome Kim that you’re creating a Leader’s Guide for this book – please let us know when this is available – I plan on sharing your book with my Small Group! 🙂

  5. Kim Henry says:

    Wonderful! And I’ll certainly let you know!

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