Friday, February 28, 2014

February Reads

historic books
Earlier in the month I was recommended a book by my good friend Becca. Both of us being foodies, I knew I couldn't go wrong. I absolutely devoured the first book and ended up reading a second by the author also. I feel like I can connect to Shauna Niequist on so many levels. She is a foodie, a Christian, a Chicagoan, a writer, and a good friend. I learned so much about putting your own voice into writing through her books. They make you feel like you are reading her own personal blog, each chapter being a new post. If you haven't read any of her books, I recommend them. To any other foodies out there---if you read one book that I recommend, let it be Bread & Wine.

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
In this book, Shauna explores the implicit link between breaking bread with friends and family and the communion Jesus shared with his disciples. The time around the table is sacred, no matter who comes for dinner. As chef, she is serving the Lord by serving those she loves. I feel this way also. I love to cook for others because it is the way I show people that I care. Each chapter she writes about a different time in her life and most of the chapters have a recipe that is symbolic of that time. Her writing will make you hungry, but also full knowing that each time you cook you're doing more than just feeding your stomach. Two of her recipes are even in my 10 Recipes 10 Weeks series.

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
Through the idea of bittersweet, Shauna takes a look at her own life and traces the highs and lows. Good things happen, and bad things happen and our time on earth will continue this way. Even in the lows, one will experience periods of change and grace that lead to the next high. Again, I really like the way she writes. In this book she exposes her challenges, her feelings, but also what she learned. If you've ever need a reassurance of hope, this book is for you. I could also relate to this book. My senior year of college has had many bittersweet moments. Things will continue to change, but you cannot grow stronger without going through the darkness.

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