Book Review: Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

Posted by Lori Merrill on 06/21/2018


The book Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes is unique in so many ways. It is a collection of stories that makes it easy to start and stop reading as you please. However, I will warn you that once I caught on to what it was, I couldn’t wait to read each new chapter. I love the way this book is a collection of personal stories, which inspire community and promote hospitality. 

A few things you need to know about me regarding this book review:

  1. I have been on a self-imposed cookbook ban for almost 10 years (with few exceptions) because “it’s my weakness”!
  2. A friend gifted me with this book. So thank you Brett! 
  3. This now stays in my kitchen to access all the recipes & tips. 
  4. I couldn’t succinctly express my thoughts regarding this so I thought takeaways were the best way to share:   

Takeaway Hospitality Lesson: “…but this is the thing: it was perfect. It was just as it should have been, and nothing close to what I could have planned. And that’s what makes a good party—when the evening and the people and the conversation and the feeling in the room are allowed to be whatever they need to be for that night.” 

Takeaway Idea:  “Birthday toasts began as a tradition we shared with our best friends in Grand Rapids. Each person comes ready to say something about what that person has brought to their life in the last year or a prayer for the year to come, and after dinner, we toast with those thoughts.” 

Takeaway Quote:  “The heart of hospitality is creating space for these moments, protecting that fragile bubble of vulnerability and truth and love.” 

Takeaway Life Lesson:  “I practice, since that trip, being entirely where I am, glamorous or not, and what I find is that it’s better to be in one place, wholly and full-heartedly, than a thousand splintery half-places, glamorous as they may be.” I am guessing this thought led to her next book, Present over Perfect.  

Takeaway Spiritual Meat:  “When you offer peace instead of division, when you offer faith instead of fear, when you offer someone a place at your table instead of keeping them out because they’re different or messy or wrong somehow, you represent the heart of Christ.” 

In His Love, 


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