|Forty Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day
I'm a devotional devotee. I'm always looking for new devotionals to read, especially at the beginning of a new year. I like devotions that inspire and encourage a closer walk with Jesus, not just with platitudes but with real depth. 40 Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day by C.D. Baker fits the bill for me.
With his thought-provoking style, the author is not afraid to ask the hard questions that many Christians don't want to ask out loud. Those questions include:
- Why don't I have more faith?
- Why am I so desperate to be understood?
- Why are some Christians so hard to like?
I reached the end of the book and found myself wanting to read more from this author. I feel that it got me thinking in a different direction and began to shed some light on "issues" that I need to work on spiritually. For me, this book was definitely timely! My only "complaint" is that I wish it covered 365 daily readings instead of only 40!
From WaterBrook Press:
Why am I so bored with Jesus?
Why don’t I feel connected at church?
These are the types of questions the religious establishment often makes it uncomfortable, if not impossible, to ask. And by asking them, C. David Baker, author of 40 Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day hopes to start a conversation in people’s hearts, then with others, and ultimately with God. Many circles of Christianity have led us to believe that certainty and confidence are the proof of true spirituality; questions are discouraged.
But Jesus offered his followers an ongoing conversation—a relationship built around a free, open-ended discussion. Questions were encouraged. They were often impertinent, sometimes alarming, and the religious establishment was distinctly uncomfortable with them … just as it is today.
“40 Loaves is something of a collection of the kinds of questions I felt finally free to ask of myself and of my relationship with Christ,” says Baker. “It’s my belief that these questions are shared by many others who long for the freedom to simply ask them out loud. I hope this book becomes a platform that frees others to search their hearts more deeply and be fed with the Bread of life.”
Each “loaf” here is a big question that stimulates discussion, investigation, and contemplation; it will take hours—or days—to digest. Conversational, inviting, disarming, and real, 40 Loaves nourishes self-examination and offers validation for those who feel discouraged, guilty, or even shamed when the realities of their lives don’t match up with the ideals of the Christian establishment.
C. David Baker founded an award-winning business before redirecting his career to write full-time from his small farm in
. He is the author of eight books, including six novels, one of which was nominated for a Christy Award. He has contributed articles to the Christian History Institute’s international publication Glimpses, and to Christian Singles magazine. Baker has a Master’s degree in theological studies from the Bucks County, Pennsylvania University of St. Andrews in . Scotland
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review from Waterbrook/Multnomah. I received no other compensation for my honest opinion.