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Bread & Wine – Book Review

bread&wine_cover_artI’d heard of Shauna Niequist a few times but kind of thought to myself “do I have enough time in my life for another blogger/writer?”.  Sometimes it just seems like there are too many books to read, too many awesome blog posts, and my heart is already full of favourites — but I couldn’t say no to a free book.  Someone retweeted that Shauna was giving away copies of “Bread & Wine” to bloggers who would post a review so I decided I’d take a chance and see what this Shauna Niequist was all about.  I just finished “Bread & Wine” and let me tell you, I’m ready to take on “Bittersweet” and “Cold Tangerines” and I subscribed to her blog as well.  Yep, I love her.  Shauna writes so beautifully, she just takes you right into the moment with her.

At first, I thought that “Bread & Wine” was going to be a full book exploring communion both historically and in modern times and deliver some kind of profound discovery on how to “do” communion.  Although I have to admit, that thought did somewhat pique my interest, I am so glad I was wrong.  “Bread & Wine” is a collection of essays that mostly revolve around food,  but more-so about relationships and the food that brings us together.  It was beautiful and inspiring and I was hungry throughout this entire book because of the way Shauna writes about food.  There are 37 essays and most of them end with a recipe, and most of those recipes sounded absolutely delicious and wonderful.  I have to admit, I am not so great the area of hospitality, always worried about my home and not yet a very skilled chef, but Shauna repeatedly says it’s not about perfection, it’s about love.  The meal doesn’t have to be pinterest- or instagram-worthy, it just has to be about loving people.  I think I can do that.

More than just inspiring me to cook and to love people, Shauna inspires me to write and to celebrate the beautiful and broken moments that make up our lives.  I definitely recommend this book if you love good writing and good food.  Shauna might just become one of your favorite authors too.
Check this video out, from Shauna herself:


About Shauna:

Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron & Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac. Shauna 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.

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Bread & Wine” was also just recently featured in Bloom’s book club, so you should definitely go there to check out some awesome interviews with Shauna and get to know her a bit better as well as dive deeper into the book!

July 19, 2013 - 8:06 pm Kait - I absolutely loved this book!! It made me pick up Cold Tangerines to re-read too. She hits on so many relevant struggles of women today. So good! And I've tried a few recipes too. Yum!!

July 20, 2013 - 2:28 pm Jill Slywka - I'm glad you loved 'Bread & Wine'. Shauna's books and writing have been some of my very favourites over the last couple years! Her writing feels like a conversation with a good friend! I've recommended her to several people as well - who all love her also!

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