When I opened my front door a few days ago to find this waiting quite literally on the welcome mat, I caught my breath and almost squealed with delight! Welcome, indeed. I've been eagerly anticipating its arrival for weeks after volunteering to read and review an advanced copy. I'm only a few pages in, but let me just say this... reading the introduction I almost wept four different times. The introduction. Every other paragraph seemed to take my breath away. I'll be back with a full review soon, but here's a tiny taste to whet your appetite:
“What’s becoming clearer and clear to me is that the most sacred moments, the ones in which I feel God’s presence most profoundly, when I feel the goodness of the world most arrestingly, take place at the table. The particular alchemy of celebration and food, of connecting people and serving them the things I’ve made with my own hands, come together and are more than the sum of their parts... More and more of my best moments have been spent in the kitchen, and more and more of the deeply spiritual moments of the last year have taken place at the table. It’s not, actually, strictly about food for me. It’s about what happens when we come together, slow down, open our homes, look into one another’s faces, listen to one another’s stories.”
- Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine
If you're a lover of food or God or most certainly both, or even if you're not but think you could be, I promise, you don't want to miss out on this one. It's a life changer.