Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist - Reveiwed

About the Book:

As a follow up to her two bestselling books,Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table. Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread & Wine.
My Thoughts:

But it isn’t about perfection, and it isn’t about performance.  You’ll miss the richest moments in life – the sacred moments when you feel God’s grace and presence through the actual faces and hands of the people we love – if you’re not too scared or too ashamed to open the door.  I know it’s scary, but throw open the door anyway, even though someone might see you in your terribly ugly half-zip.”  ( p. 109)

Shauna Niequist’s books feel like sitting down for a visit with a close friend.  She is transparent in a way that draws you into her heart – and challenges you to draw closer to God.  Even though she may be sharing a painful experience with you, she still shows the feelings deep within her heart in such an honest way that your heart responds with the same thoughtful honesty.  That means that sometimes it might not feel comfortable, but in the end you have one of those “ah-ha!” moments that makes it all worthwhile!

This particular book contains some recipes that will knock your socks off! I REALLY want to be invited to Shauna’s house for dinner sometime!  That is just icing on the cake in this case!! A tasty bonus! Again, I am left satisfied and well fed – spiritually and emotionally!  LOVE THIS!!
About the Author:
Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines,Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine.
Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
She is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron & Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac.
Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God.

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