Forty Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day  -     By: C.D. Baker
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Why am I uncomfortable with doubt? Why is God silent? Why can't I overcome sin? Sometimes seekers---and believers---raise difficult issues. Here's spiritual yeast that will leaven the discussion! Offering you lasting peace and a nourishing awareness of God's love, Baker's daily topical guide provides Jesus' direct and implied responses to 40 tough questions. 176 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2009
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ISBN: 0307444902
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Publisher's Description

“Why don’t I have more faith?”
“Why am I so bored with Jesus?”
“Why are Christians so hard for me to like?”

There are many questions we’re not supposed to ask when playing by the religious rules. It makes people uncomfortable. So why is it that Jesus invited questions and even asked some of them himself? What is it that you’re afraid to ask God? It’s a risky prospect to begin asking–but far riskier to continue simply trying to get by without knowing. Author C. D. Baker asked himself 40 soul-searching questions which started a conversation in his heart and ultimately showed him more about God than He ever expected.

Can we become more honest with who we really are and find who God says He really is at the same time? Come indulge yourself in daily readings with an honest exploration of your secret fears and thoughts, and know that you will always be welcomed in God’s unconditional love.

Search me, O God … and know my anxious thoughts.
–Psalm 139:23 NIV

Author Bio

C. D. 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 a finalist for a Christy Award. Baker has a Master’s degree in theological studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Endorsements

“Christians with questions? It used to be, in certain circles, that even raising a question disqualified the questioner from the discussion. Any question was taken as a sign of doubt, which called in question the steadiness of one’s faith. Yet secretly, most believers struggle with nagging queries about life and God. C. David Baker, in this open-minded yet faithful book, speaks to doubters who long to believe, and addresses some of life’s troubling issues from the inside out. A great encouragement for doubters and trusters both.” — Luci Shaw, author of The Crime of Living Cautiously and Breath for the Bones: Reflections on Creativity & Faith; Writer in Residence, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“C.D. Baker has given a gift to every honest Christian, to wit, profound insight and amazing affirmation about questions honest Christians ask…but sometimes were afraid to express to others. This book looks at the “elephant in the room” and kisses that elephant on the lips with such gracious, loving Biblical wisdom that you will rise up and call Baker blessed. And you will rise up and call me blessed for recommending it to you.” — Steve Brown, professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, an author, and president of the media ministry of Key Life Network, Inc.

“In contrast to the easy, trite, and ultimately unsatisfying ‘good news’ that is peddled in pop-Christianity, Forty Loaves provides the space to explore what Christians often feel but are afraid to express. Baker’s timely reflections on the complexities of faith in today’s world will help to nurture integrity within people of faith in a way that can only result in an enhanced relationship with God and with others.” — Bruce W. Longenecker, W.W. Melton Chair of Religion, Baylor University

“Fresh-baked wisdom for all who’ve dined on the stale, hardened dinner rolls of sin. C. D. Baker serves up a bread that satisfies!” — Ray Blackston, author of Flabbergasted

Editorial Reviews

Praise for
Forty Loaves

“Christians with questions? It used to be, in certain circles, that even raising a question disqualified the questioner from the discussion. Any question was taken as a sign of doubt, which called in question the steadiness of one’s faith. Yet secretly, most believers struggle with nagging queries about life and God. C. David Baker, in this open-minded yet faithful book, speaks to doubters who long to believe, and addresses some of life’s troubling issues from the inside out. A great encouragement for doubters and trusters both.”
–Luci Shaw, author of The Crime of Living Cautiously and Breath for the Bones: Reflections on Creativity & Faith; Writer in Residence, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

“C.D. Baker has given a gift to every honest Christian, to wit, profound insight and amazing affirmation about questions honest Christians ask…but sometimes were afraid to express to others.  This book looks at the “elephant in the room” and kisses that elephant on the lips with such gracious, loving Biblical wisdom that you will rise up and call Baker blessed.  And you will rise up and call me blessed for recommending it to you.”
–Steve Brown, professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, an author, and president of the media ministry of Key Life Network, Inc.

“In contrast to the easy, trite, and ultimately unsatisfying ‘good news’ that is peddled in pop-Christianity, Forty Loaves provides the space to explore what Christians often feel but are afraid to express. Baker’s timely reflections on the complexities of faith in today’s world will help to nurture integrity within people of faith in a way that can only result in an enhanced relationship with God and with others.”
–Bruce W. Longenecker, W.W. Melton Chair of Religion, Baylor University

“Fresh-baked wisdom for all who’ve dined on the stale, hardened dinner rolls of sin. C. D. Baker serves up a bread that satisfies!”
–Ray Blackston, author of Flabbergasted

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    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent for a Bible Study and devotional time for individuals.
  2. FL
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    questions challenge things
    December 26, 2012
    Pat Cook
    FL
    Age: 45-54
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    I read this book a few years ago and recommended it to a friend recently. As part of a different study, I am always answering her questions with a question that causes her to think about what she is asking. I have been doing this to her for a year now and she has started this for herself. When I was researching just which book to recommend her to go through wth a different fried, I started laughing while reading the back cover knowing this was the perfect book. Questions make things uncomfortable... at first.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book facilitates spiritual growth.
    September 20, 2011
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    This book is complete as a devotional with reflection questions or it can be used for a group Bible Study.
  4. St. Paul, MN
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent treatment of difficult topic
    May 23, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Devotional books abound these days. They remain popular since Christians continue to desire books which help them connect with God. Scriptural readings followed by devotional thoughts, a prayer or a poem - this is what one expects to encounter with books in this genre. One doesn't expect to be given penetrating and even troubling questions.

    40 Loaves does just that. C.D. Baker dares to ask and discuss the questions that find their way into our heart of hearts. Why do I so easily lose self-control? Why am I so uncomfortable with doubts? Why can't I overcome sin in my life? Why am I so discontented? These questions (and more like them) aren't addressed easily.

    I knew that this book addressed such questions. I wasn't prepared for how relevant the treatment of them would be. Baker uses such questions to probe deeply into our souls, and to ground us firmly in the gospel of God's free grace. Throughout his devotioanl readings, he displays a gift in cutting to the heart of the problem.

    Each reading begins with a story or example which draws us into the problem represented by the question covered in the reading. The stories are gleaned from Baker's ministry and life experience, and they do much to keep the book interesting. The devotional then considers the question and finds the key issue or obstacle such a question reveals. The Scripture is briefly applied to the problem at hand, and some questions for further reflection are provided. The section ends with a brief prayer pertinent to the issue.

    The readings are short, 4 small pages each. Yet their message is weighty. Don't think the book is frighteningly sober or dreadfully serious. It is, but it isn't. Baker manages to keep the readings eminently readable, interesting and above all, helpful.

    As a once-upon-a-time-legalist, I found Baker's emphasis on grace refreshing, and his exposure of their peril of performance-based Christianity convincing. Baker also quite often gives encouragement and reminds us that we are human after all. It would be wrong to assume that Baker just offers a cheery view of the world, however. He acknowledges and addresses the grittiness of the Christian struggle. And his thoughts are grounded in Scripture. I appreciated his emphasis on the centrality of the gospel and his encouragement to focus on Jesus.

    This little volume will be a blessing to you. All the more if you find yourself voicing some disturbing questions. 40 Loaves will prove to be accessible to almost any reader, and offers a high return on any investment involved in the reading. This book has made me interested in picking up some of Baker's other devotional books. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book, you won't be disappointed.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  5. Oregon
    Age: 35-44
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Feast for the Soul
    January 30, 2011
    Urailak
    Oregon
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    I like asking questions. I encourage my kids to ask questions. Questions lead us to search for answers and dig deep for understanding. However, when it comes to faith-related questions, some people are afraid or ashamed to ask. This book addresses 40 questions that some Christians may be struggling with. Questions like: Why do I so easily lose self-control?, Why am I so confused about finding God's will?, Why do I always feel exhausted?, Why are my feelings so easily hurt?, Why do I fear unbelief?, Why do I care so much about my reputation?, and more. I truly appreciate Mr. Baker's transparency, humility, & honesty and his reliance on the Scriptures for answers. Each question in the book will help draw you closer to God and His Word. Each "loaf" ends with food for thought and a prayer. This book is small but is packed with valuable insights and Biblical wisdom. It's easy to read and it is nourishing to the soul. 40 Loaves is definitely delicious and healthy to feast upon!

    ~This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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