Redeeming God's Gift Of Food. Food is the source of endless angst and anxiety. We struggle with obesity and eating disorders. Reports of agricultural horror stories give us worries about whether our food is healthy, nutritious or justly produced. It's hard to know if our food is really good for us or for society. Our relationship with food is complicated to say the least.
But God intended for us to delight in our food. Rachel Stone calls us to rediscover joyful eating by receiving food as God's good gift of provision and care for us. She shows us how God intends for us to relate to him and each other through food, and how our meals can become expressions of generosity, community and love of neighbor. Eating together can bring healing to those with eating disorders, and we can make wise choices for sustainable agriculture. Ultimately, redemptive eating is a sacramental act of culture making through which we gratefully herald the feast of the kingdom of God.
Filled with practical insights and some tasty recipes, this book provides a Christian journey into the delight of eating. Come to the table, partake of the Bread of Lifeâ€”and eat with joy.
Introduction: Conflicted Eating: Our Complicated Relationship with Food
1. Joyful Eating: Godâ€™s Intent for How We Relate to Food
2. Generous Eating: Serving the Needy, Loving Our Neighbors
3. Communal Eating: How Meals Bring Us Together
4. Restorative Eating: How Eating Together Heals
5. Sustainable Eating: Wise Choices in Stewarding the Land
6. Creative Eating: Food Preparation as Culture Making
7. Redemptive Eating: Putting Best Practices Together in the Real World
For Further Reading
Group Discussion Guide
Name and Subject Index
"I'm not proud of this, but I didn't start taking my eating habits seriously--or seeing them as part of my spiritual life--until I reached mid-life. I wish I'd started when I was in my twenties (or before), and I wish I'd had Eat with Joy as my guide. The beautiful mealtime prayers alone are worth the price of the book. A treasure for soul and body." â€”Brian D. McLaren, author
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