Wednesday, December 16, 2009

40 Loaves of Bread by c.d. baker - brief review and GIVE AWAY!


Why don’t I have more faith?

Why am I so bored with Jesus?

Why don’t I feel connected at church?

These are the types of questions the religious establishment often makes it uncomfortable, if not impossible, to ask. And by asking them, C. David Baker, author of 40 Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day hopes to start a conversation in people’s hearts, then with others, and ultimately with God. Many circles of Christianity have led us to believe that certainty and confidence are the proof of true spirituality; questions are discouraged.

But Jesus offered his followers an ongoing conversation—a relationship built around a free, open-ended discussion. Questions were encouraged. They were often impertinent, sometimes alarming, and the religious establishment was distinctly uncomfortable with them … just as it is today.

40 Loaves is something of a collection of the kinds of questions I felt finally free to ask of myself and of my relationship with Christ,” says Baker. “It’s my belief that these questions are shared by many others who long for the freedom to simply ask them out loud. I hope this book becomes a platform that frees others to search their hearts more deeply and be fed with the Bread of life.”

Each “loaf” here is a big question that stimulates discussion, investigation, and contemplation; it will take hours—or days—to digest. Conversational, inviting, disarming, and real, 40 Loaves nourishes self-examination and offers validation for those who feel discouraged, guilty, or even shamed when the realities of their lives don’t match up with the ideals of the Christian establishment.


MY THOUGHTS:
I've not completely finished this book, but I've read enough to tell you this: c.d. baker takes a scriptural approach to the often difficult questions that arise in our faith walk. He guides the reader with thoughtful questions and meditative prayer. I'm really enjoying this book! If you would like to receive a free copy of this book please leave a comment on this post along with your contact information. I will draw a winner next week!




ABOUT THE AUTHOR: C. David Baker founded an award-winning business before redirecting his career to write full-time from his small farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books, including six novels, one of which was nominated for a Christy Award. He has contributed articles to the Christian History Institute’s international publication Glimpses, and to Christian Singles magazine. Baker has a Master’s degree in theological studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

6 comments:

adge said...

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Winning Readings said...

This looks like a terrific book.

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/12/40-loaves_19.html

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Wendy said...

This looks like a great devotional/ small group book.

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misskallie2000 said...

I had not heard about this book until now. I believe this book may be what I need to read. Please include me in your contest. Thanks for this opportunity to enter.

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Merry said...

I'd love a chance to win this, it sounds uplifting. Thanks!

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Kim said...

CONGRATULATIONS miss kallie! Be watching for my email!