Eat With Joy: 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...
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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 Life&-and eat with joy.
Rachel Stone (M.A., Loyola University Chicago) is a regular writer forChristianity Today'sHer.meneuticsblog. She has also written for such publications asChristianity Today, Books & Culture, Catapult, Relevant, FlourishandThe Huffington Post.She enjoys gardening and meal-making with her husband and two sons.She is coeditor (with Timothy Stone and Julius Steinberg) of the forthcoming bookThe Shape of the Writings.
- Foreword By Norman Wirzba
- Introduction: Conflicted Eating: Our Complicated Relationship With Food
- 1. Joyful Eating: God’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
- Notes For Further Reading
- Group Discussion Guide