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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310328179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310328179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy the friendship and hospitality found around Niequist's table. The author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet serves up portions of friendship, family, and faith, with sides of humor, insight, and favorite recipes, for a satisfying read that can double as a group study." - Publisher's Weekly, Mar. 26

"Bread & Wine is one of those rare books that grabs all of you -- your mind, body, and spirit. Shauna's soulful storytelling made me laugh, reminded me that I'm not alone, and gave me a new lens on some old struggles. There's something sacred about this kind of truth telling. I couldn't put this book down."
- Brené Brown, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead

"Bread & Wine is a new book about an ancient meal, but more than a meal, a book about the people seated at the table, and about the laughing, and about the joy of saying hello and the pain of saying good-bye. After reading this book you may feel as you do driving away from dinner with a friend -- grateful and full."
- Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

"Shauna Niequist's beautiful word painting in Bread & Wine is a poetic reminder to appreciate the rituals, people, and sensory experiences of our everyday lives. Her words invite us into her kitchen, and her stories challenge us to remain attentive to the many delights that complement life's hardships and the ways in which we can share them with others."
- Kelle Hampton, New York Times bestselling author of Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected

"No one combines all my treasured things like Shauna does in Bread & Wine: beautiful words, delicious food, recipes like the ones you jot down on the back of a napkin in shorthand, with hints and adaptations written off to the side, real-life stories, laughter. Then I read a sentence like this: "Love isn't something you prove or earn, but something you receive or allow, like a balm, like a benediction, even at your very worst," and I decide to send this book to everyone I know."
- Jen Hatmaker, author of Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy the friendship and hospitality found around Niequist’s table. The author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet serves up portions of friendship, family, and faith, with sides of humor, insight, and favorite recipes, for a satisfying read that can double as a group study. (A discussion guide and recommended readings are tucked in the back of the book, with recipes and a sample menu for book/cooking clubs.) Niequist writes with vulnerability and honesty that make the reader hunger to be one of the friends and family members who grace her table. Struggles with getting pregnant, juggling family and career, and making time for deep friendships are among the life events discussed against the backdrop of meals. Cooking enthusiasts, whether they are experienced or are novices, will enjoy the talk about food and will want to try the recipes featured at the end of each chapter. Yet while recipes for bacon-wrapped dates and dark chocolate sea-salted butter toffee sound yummy, the emphasis is more on spiritual nourishment and how God feeds hungry souls through relationships. (Mar. 26) (Publishers Weekly)

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Bread and Wine resurrects the table as the center of the home, the place where food and drink morph into fellowship and long memories. This book transported me back to the kitchens of my life --- to the fellowship and joy and sorrow of what happens when the family gathers around the table to be family. Churches need books about kitchen tables because they value the home and family and the treasured memories of family stories told at the table. -- Scot McKnight, , Northern Seminary

More About the Author

Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, 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 Niequist, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church 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. You can find out more about Shauna and read her blog at www.shaunaniequist.com.

Customer Reviews

The book is a collection of stories with a recipe at the end of each chapter.
Trenches of Mommyhood
Shauna Niequist shares stories much like the one I've shared in her book Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around The Table with Recipes.
Jennifer C. Mcilwain
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Charles on April 10, 2013
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I told myself upon receiving this book that I would read it slowly, savoring it like a well-aged Port. Well, forget that idea. I guzzled this book like light beer. It was so, well, me. I believe one of the keys to really enjoying this type of literature is finding a deep connection to the author - that the author is someone who you think, "I could hang out with this person for an evening." Mid-way through this book I told my wife and a good friend. "Shauna is the female version of me."

While I don't write half as eloquently as Shauna, I think I've shared her sentiments about food, hospitality and joie de vivre on multiple occasions - around tables, cooking with the guys in my cooking club or even, on occasion from the pulpit. So, I have nothing bad to say about this book. If you love food, hospitality, cooking, wine and just-for-the-fun-of-it dinner parties; if your idea of a great night is a house full of people and a whole afternoon spent cooking and smiling as you anticipate your guests; if you love having people in your home; if your idea of a good dinner is one that lasts several hours; if you love to give a good toast - to lock eyes with the people you love across a candlelit table and tell them why they're important to you; if you believe that everything is spiritual, and maybe especially food; if you love a well crafted sentence and rich metaphor, then this is your book.

My only argument with this book is some of the early reviews I've seen. To quote one, "this is a wonderful book for women" For women? I'm not a woman, and I loved it. Why, in the Christian world must we keep perpetuating the notion that men write serious books about theology and leadership, while books about food and hospitality and sucking the marrow out of life are somehow "women's lit?
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87 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Cassie Zwart on April 28, 2013
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Another spiritual memoir from Shauna Niequist that centered on her passion: food. This book is filled with essays on food, family, friends, and faith. Her stories are about the everyday, yet each one has an insight into the significance that exists in each moment. Each essay turns into a little drama to tell. I liked how there was so much truth that existed here about the beauty of Christian community. It made me long for that kind of community in my own life and put into motion actions to make that happen. I also liked how she incorporated some thoughts on shame, which is reminiscent of Brene Brown's work. Most of the essays are connected with a recipe that Shauna loves and uses. The recipes included look delicious, interesting, and simple. I've already made the enchiladas last weekend, and they turned out to be a crowd pleaser.

I wanted to love this book as much I loved _Bittersweet_, but I couldn't seem to do it. Her voice was hard for me to connect with. Shauna is living a more privileged and charmed life than 99.9% of the world. She has a supportive family and in-laws, spends entire summers on Lake Michigan, has the ability to travel with her kids around the world so that they can "learn," hosts dinner parties with place cards and menus, possesses the time to train for a marathon, and eats lots of crusty bread interwoven with the amazing conversations with laughter, tears, deep emotions in every other chapter. I am so happy that Shauna is loving her life and pursuing her passions, but I just can't relate to that Shauna. In fact, I think there is very few that can unless she is white, female, married, upper-middle class, suburban, and Christian.

All the same, I did like the book, and I do like Shauna. My hopes is that she continues to grow in her writing style to be inclusive to other communities that may not include people just like her.
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I'm a huge Shauna Niequist fan and requested a copy of this book for the purpose of review. I love her writing style of honesty, transparency and wisdom. This book takes it to the next level with recipes for the food she so often mentions in her writings.

The book is laid out in her characteristic short chapter/memoir style. It "sounds" like her. The stories in each chapter move between childhood experiences (she's the daughter of Bill & Lynne Hybels) to her life now as a wife & mother of two little boys. She openly shares of the struggles of fertility, life in a ministry family, joys of friendship and the work of relocating to another city.

Each chapter ends with a recipe. If there's a backstory to the recipe she'll include that - where it's from, how she serves it to guests, and how long it will "really" take to chop all those vegies. The recipes offer a great variety of breakfast, soups, breads, and main dishes.

This book is best read in a favorite cafe with coffee & dessert. You'll be moved by her words. You'll be inspired to try some new things in your kitchen. The only problem you'll have is to decide whether this book finds it's home with your cookbooks or on your favorite bookshelf.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By julia on May 29, 2013
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This is a fantastic premise for a book - I love the idea of the eucharist and food bringing us together as community around a table. I wished the author had gone deeper. Many of the chapters left me wanting more. A few of the concepts felt trite and I was left with a recipe rather than challenges, philosophies and ideas. This could also be because I felt it hard to relate to much of the book as a single woman. Most of the book dove into issues with family, fertility, body image and perfectionism - while these are all good things to look at, they were approached in a way that I found difficult to relate to.
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