Author Tuesday returns! Author and speaker Karen Whiting joins us today with her newest release, The Gift of Bread. I had the chance to look through it, and the short devotional chapters are easy to digest, heartwarming and applicable. If this kind of book (with recipes!) is your thing, read through Karen’s insights and leave a comment at the end to win a copy!
Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? I grew up in the midst of lots of family in dairy farm country in Connecticut. My two brothers and I are part of a group of 30 first cousins and 13 of them lived within 3 houses of us (both directions). I was married to my sweet husband 38 years before he moved on to heaven after a battle with breast cancer. We raised 5 great children (two of them are rocket scientists).
I’m a lifelong Christian and out of my love for family I write to nurture strong, wholesome families. I’m a mathematician so it’s odd that I have had twenty-five books published (never planned on writing one, but God did).
Let’s talk about your book: what, in a nutshell, is your book about anyway? The Gift of Bread: Recipes for the Heart and the Table is a devotional cookbook. It offers readers heartwarming stories around bread, biblical insights into bread in the Bible, and recipes plus tips on making and serving bread.
My maternal grandparents had a restaurant, so I also grew up baking bread and all kinds of food. We had Sunday gatherings of the family where we shared fun and food. I believe strongly in eating as a family.
Do tell, what was the inspiration behind it? I studied bread in the Bible for the past few decades and desire to share God’s threefold purpose of bread imagery: sustenance, fellowship, and covenant relationship with God. I also discovered how making bread resembles my own growth as a Christian and how to draw closer to Jesus, the Bread of Life. I love communion at church, the breaking bread together. Above all, I believed God called me to write this book to remind people about the importance of communion.
It took 22 years to get this contract and it’s better than it would have been long ago.
How do you hope readers will be changed by your words? I hope readers will discover the joy of baking bread as a family, sharing it with friends, and the hope found in communion. I’d love to think it gives people more insight into Jesus, the bread of life and draws them closer to Him.
Lest we forget to ask, how have YOU been changed by writing the book? Writing always refines my walk with God and this book is no exception. Part of it was a walk down memory lane as I shared experiences with bread that have filled my life. Another part was celebrating Jesus the Bread of Life daily as I wrote.
Does Karen’s book sound like your type of read? If so, leave an encouraging comment as to why you’d like to read The Gift of Bread (and maybe deep your love of BREAD goes, too), and we’ll have her publisher send the winner a copy! Contest ends Monday, September 4th.
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