Bread & Wine.

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My sweet friend, Ali, gave me a copy of Bread & Wine for my birthday. I couldn't put it down and I finished it in a short three days, sneaking reads on the back porch on lunch breaks and at the kitchen counter while supper was simmering.

I love Shauna's descriptive writing and pure honesty in this book. I love how she was so transparent with her life's tales- the ups as well as the downs- and how she pieced together such a lovely, uplifting story. I especially loved how she claims feeling God's presence the most when surrounded by loved ones at her table. Such neat perspective. I did a lot of underlining, a lot of "mmmm"ing, and I took away some great advice about love and faith.

In the spirit of transparency, I sometimes struggle through "Jesus books". Sometimes some of them are so heavy that I either don't understand, flipping back to pages to slowly re-read, or I can't flip the page because I need to just sit and reflect. They are still GREAT books, they just take me awhile to finish and "wrap my brain around" them. However, with this book I felt like not only did I enjoy every page, but learned so much about a relationship with Jesus and forming loving, faithful relationships with others. I got a little misty as I thought about the community God has blessed us with through our college years and now our time here in little C-town. So many great conversations over delicious meals. So many loyal, lifelong friends who surround us with prayer and love. He is so faithful and I am so thankful!

Adore this canvas from Lindsay Letters.

Also, almost every chapter of this book includes a recipe! I have already made her homemade vinaigrette and looking forward to trying the others.

What book have you enjoyed reading lately? What should I read next?

"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other." Romans 12:9-10

Ps- Shauna has two other books, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet. Excited to try them soon!


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