Bread and Wine: Finding Community and Life Around the Table
I love the style of the writer...she is smart, witty, and a loving hostess. I have even tried a couple of the recipes. Yum! However, I was uncomfortable with how much the entertaining included some form of alcohol. This is a culture that I suppose is popular but I can not indulge in. It made me very uncomfortable.
September 26, 2013
Loved reading Bread & Wine
I had heard good things about Bread & Wine from a friend and was excited to read the book myself. After hearing Shauna Neiquist speak at a Mothers of Preschoolers Convention in August 2012, I came to the conclusion that she was one of my favorite speakers there. I was drawn to her warm personality and humorous stories. She was honest, transparent, witty, relatable. I felt much the same way as I was reading Bread & Wine, being drawn to ShaunaÃ¢ÂÂs warm, honest, transparent, witty, relatable and humorous stories about her life around the table.
I liked that Shauna included recipes in her book. After just reading the first chapter about her momÃ¢ÂÂs blueberry crisp, I went out to buy the ingredients, made it and enjoyed eating it. IÃ¢ÂÂm not much of a cook but in the chapter Ã¢ÂÂstart where you are,Ã¢ÂÂ I felt encouraged that I could be good at it one day. Shauna said it so beautifully when she wrote,
Ã¢ÂÂIf you put in the time, the learning, the trying, the mess, and the failure, at the end you will have learned to feed yourself and the people you love, and thatÃ¢ÂÂs a skill for life Ã¢ÂÂ like tennis or piano but yummier and far less expensive.
IÃ¢ÂÂm not talking about cooking as a performance, or entertaining as a complicated choreography of competition and showing off. IÃ¢ÂÂm talking about feeding someone with honestly and intimacy and love, about making your home a place where people are fiercely protected, even if just for a few hours, from the crush and cruelty of the day.Ã¢ÂÂ
Whew! That takes the pressure off, doesnÃ¢ÂÂt it? ItÃ¢ÂÂs not just about the food but about the relationships that are formed and nourished. I hope to make my home like that one day, a place where people feel safe and loved and encouraged. I also want people to see glimpses of God and his love for them when we gather and share our lives together.
Shauna is a great story-teller and I loved reading Bread & Wine. I learned that life is beautiful and messy, unpredictable, yet memorable. Invite people to come and share life with you around your own table.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.
September 5, 2013
This is an excellent book!
I was suckered in, I admit. This was one of those books that I thought I had to read because all my savvy and awesome friends were digging into it. But it was much, much better than the hype. The reviewers always mention how Mrs. Niequist speaks like sheÃ¢ÂÂs your really awesome girlfriend over for coffee, but leave out how she makes you laugh along with her antics and tugs your heart strings with her sorrow.
Although I was fortunate enough to recieve this book free from Booksneeze.com to review, after reading it, I would gladly pay for it: it's THAT good!
August 21, 2013
Her Way of Gathering Us Around and Showing Us How
Bread & Wine Review
"Ã¢ÂÂ¦.Part of becoming yourself, in a deeply spiritual way, is finding the words to tell the truth about what it is you really love." I love this line in the author's introduction.
Shauna loves God, food, and family, and expresses it through this generous sharing of "her table" through this book. I think it's her way of gathering us around and showing us how it's done. The almost-lost art of feeding people's belly but also nourishing souls and knitting folks together all at the same time. How many times do we gather 'round these days and just relax over a good meal and share stories and talk about God, important things, or family history, or anything at all? Not often. Holidays?
Shauna is passionate about it. I fully enjoyed vicariously being at her table through her story-telling and recipes. She shares her life here and she shares some of her best recipes. This book is a great read. You should be aware it's not a cookbook
but it is about food, and life. She shares both here and I hope I'm inspired enough to start thinking of the table as vital. The people I can have around it is more precious and deserving of my time and efforts. Of food as a pleasure and preparation of it as not a chore, but a way to gather around those I love and those I'm getting to know to be nurtured and blessed at my table.
I'm going to go wash my tablecloth and put away the stack of books, papers, and day planner away in my office! It's time to practice the age old art of hospitality and love my people with food and community.
In short I think this is a wonderful, cozy book, best enjoyed and savored, much like a good dinner around the table with friends and family.
She has a website you might enjoy. You can also find links to buy her book and download a free sample of it there. Printable or audio!
*I was given a free copy of this book by Chosen books in exchange for an unbiased review of it.
August 9, 2013