Shauna Niequist 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. Shauna is the author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet.
Her new book “Bread & Wine” is a wonderful collection of her stories and favorite recipes. At first, I didn’t quite really understand this book before I got it, I couldn’t tell if it was a cook book or a book on the Christian walk, but it turns out… that it’s both!
Shauna explains it in her book, “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.”
Through her book she explains how food becomes this beautiful place to come together as people and build community. She talks about hospitality and how both preparing food and inviting people over can resonate as a spiritual practice. Our God is a creator God (a chef?) and He made us to live with each other in Community. Shauna’s book has so many wonderful moments that really tie together some of the best experiences that we all enjoy.
Shauna is a great story teller, each chapter is filled with terrific emotion and just this wonderful sense of coming around the table, laughing and passing plates. Like I said earlier, most chapters end with a recipe that somehow tie back to what she was talking about.
I think Shauna wants you to read the book in bed with a big box of kleenex and a warm blanket, to fall asleep listening to her stories and then to wake up the next morning hungry to cook her food.
To be honest, I have not cooked or baked any of her suggestions (because my wife does the cooking in the house) but I could tell they were delicious just by reading them.
I have a great imagination.
Thank you to Zondervan publishing for a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review.