Today is an incredibly sad day for me. I just this morning finished one of the best books I’ve read. I’m not going to say that I ever read because I’ve read too many to make that claim. This one however, tops the list or maybe it just resides somewhere near the top, so near you can’t really tell if it is on the top or just very close.
The book is Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. It’s more than a non-fiction book, more than a cookbook although both are contained within it’s cover. It’s a love story of sorts. A book that shows you how you can best show love to those around you by serving them from your table.
I learned so much. I found so much resonating with the deep places inside me. I found myself saying “I want this!” and “YES!!!” and “Oh my.” To say it spoke to me is not quite saying enough.
When reading this book, I felt like I was sitting across the table from Shauna, sipping espresso and just soaking up everything she has learned. She talks in a few places about the need for us to be all there, all the time. She decries the need for us to be uber busy every moment of every day. She longs for us to set aside our laptops, ipods, ipads, smart phones and to-do lists. She aims for us to be fully present in the present. To reach out and engage those around us. To see needs and meet them.
Written much like one writes a blog post, which can seem disjointed but isn’t at all. Each chapter is vastly different than the preceding one yet it all fits together.
The book is divided into 4 parts. Each part includes recipes for different dishes. In fact it wasn’t until I was looking at the appendix that I realized each part has recipes to make a complete meal, from appetizer to dessert. The bonus, at least for me, is the recipes are simple and do not call for weird ingredients.
I was nosing around Shauna’s blog last night and discovered ibloom is doing a book club using this book! I’m excited. You can find more information here. Following that link will give you all the information and details you need to know. I will tell you, if you’re interested (and I think you should be!) you’ll need to order your book soon as the book club starts on Monday, June 24.
I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.