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"Jennifer Ayres takes the reader on an eye-opening tour of what it takes to have good, sustainable, nutritious food. This is a book that whets the appetite for justice and makes you want to get your hands dirty."―William P. Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Preachers and homileticians will find Good Food to be informative, persuasive, and pragmatic for crafting theological responses in classrooms, pulpits, and the public sphere to food insecurity at multiple registers."―Gerald C. Liu, The Theological School, Drew University, Homiletic

"Caught in a bad system yet hoping for an eschatological feast, we must both endure and repair, repent and rejoice, theologize more honestly, and act more faithfully. Ayres shows us the way."―D Brent Laytham, The Christian Century

"Good Food is a wonderful example of a practical theology finely tuned to faith in everyday life! Jennifer Ayres not only helps us see food as overflowing with theological meaning, she counters our temptation to despair over food injustice by offering realistic strategies for resistance and transformation."―Bonnie Miller-McLemore, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, author of Christian Theology in Practice: Discovering a Discipline, and editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology

"Good Food informs us of the injustices and unsustainable practices in our current food systems, and it gives us hope we can do better by telling us stories of people who actually are. It shows us how each meal we eat is an invitation to moral responsibility."―Theodore Hiebert, Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary

"Good Food is a concise, crisply written, and evocative account of the ways food is woven into the material and social well-being of the world's people. Blending history, nuanced readings of Christian traditions, and a diverse array of contemporary examples from North Carolina to Mexico, Ayres crafts a call to action around food production, consumption and imagination."―Jill DeTemple, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University

About the Author

Jennifer R. Ayres is Assistant Professor of Religious Education, Candler School of Theology, Emory University. A frequent writer on faith formation and food justice, she is the author of Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness. She lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (September 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602589844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602589841
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Ayres work provides an excellent foundation of Ecotheology and it's place in the sustainability conversation. We read this text as part of a class taught by Dr. Carol Newsom at Emory University's Candler School of Theology where Ayres teaches. Excellent text for those beginning to understand the concept of theology in terms of the environment or someone looking for deeper thoughts on the subject.
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This book gave a good overview of the global food system and countered hat depressing Dalits with hopeful stories of community and faith-based groups who are working to create local solutions to the broken food system. It was intellectually and emotionally engaging and challenged me to think about what more I can do to improve the world.
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Good scholarship and it gave me an idea for a winter farmer market in our community.
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