40 Loaves by C.D. Baker.

Heather —  December 18, 2009

40loavesWhen I received my review copy of 40 loaves, I remember looking at the cover photo.  This is a wonderful cover with a pile of fresh right out of the oven homemade bread. It looked so inviting. The cover caught my interest, and made me vaguely hungry…but as I was busy at the time, I put it on the shelf to look through at my leisure.

And it sat there.

And sat there.

My little daughter took it and carried it around in her purse. She said it looked good. I agreed.

And I continued to go my way.

Once I opened that precious little book, I felt surprised…and realized I had deprived myself.  How had I missed the meaning of the cover? I WAS hungry! And this bread IS good.

In this unique devotional, C.D. Baker invites readers to sit down with our Father, to ask questions, and break bread. To think and explore and enjoy that God is good.

I am really enjoying reading this book, and I will continue to ponder the readings. I just wish I had read it right away, because it has been such a pleasure.

I highly recommend 40 Loaves, and I also have one copy to give away!

Here is the “Official” write-up:

  • Why don’t I have more faith?
  • 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 Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 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 University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Enter to win a copy of 40 Loaves. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite type of bread…and if you are comfortable, share about what hard questions you are encountering—or have encountered in the past–in your faith. Giveaway ends 12/23.

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13 responses to 40 Loaves by C.D. Baker.

  1. I never met a piece of bread I didn't like. 🙂
    My biggest question right now is probably "Why don't I feel more connected at church?".

  2. The loaves onthe coer DO look yummy. I would love to win this book. It sounds like a great read an a way to reconnect with the LORD. When I was going through an especially hard time when I was in my early 20's I rmember questioning the reality of God. Did He exist? I'm a little more secure in my faith now. I still have questions that are tough though. Questions like. "Why does the church not honor the pastor like they should?' and "Why is it that 10% of the congregation do 100% of the work?' My favorite bread? Raisin!

  3. I love warm cinnamon bread.

    Sounds like a good book, I am currently going through some of those issues brought up by the book right now. Very much doubting if I am in teh right church right now and very frustrated with being in a valley so long now.

    Thanks for posting about the devotional. Even if I never read a copy, it has brought up some questions to think about.

    Barbara
    Fellow Homeschool Crew member

  4. I love homemade bread, but oatmeal bread is probably my favorite. 🙂

    One question I have wondered is why I don't have more faith. I think that is a really good one, and one many of us probably ponder. 🙂

  5. Favorite bread- homemade sourdough, or "friendship" bread

  6. My favorite bread is iced raisin. My family is currently looking for a church that is the right fit for us.

  7. I am a new follower.

  8. I subscribe via Google reader.

  9. I love rich, heavy, whole grain breads, warm with melted butter!

  10. I subscribe via a reader

  11. I love a good french bread with a nice crisp outer crust.

  12. I think my favorite type of bread is the crescent rolls or bagels 😀

    My question that I ponder right now is why do I turn away from God everytime things get really hard, like they are now…it should be the time I turn to Him, not away.