This book is a combination of memoir on how the author dealt with her food issues and an exploration of the spiritual nature of food and the influence of sin and man made rules on it. Along the way we are invited to have a whole new appreciation and enjoyment of food.
It's a thought provoking book. Dillehay has critical opinions of many popular Christian authors pushing “biblical” diets or some other “Christian” food fad. She invites us to find the real sin behind the sin related to food. She invites us to explore food as a community experience. She challenges us on the subjects of asceticism, gluttony, snobbery and apathy. She helps us understand alcohol consumption and fasting.
Dillehay explores how we learn to eat and drink to the glory of God. (I Cor. 10:31) She suggests we can use food as a way to know God better. We are challenged to change our emphasis from what we eat to how we eat.
This is not a diet book. It rather challenges us to have an attitude toward food that God desires. It is not at all what I expected but I was happily surprised by the challenging content. I wasn't excited about the telling of her own food experiences but did appreciate greatly her thought provoking questions and reading suggestions at the end of each chapter.
Food for thought: “How shall we Christians learn to eat?” (Loc 99/2506)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Tilly Dillehay has a degree in journalism from Lipscomb University and has served as editor of a weekly newspaper and of a lifestyle magazine and is the author of Seeing Green. She writes at www.justinandtilley.com and contributes occasionally to The Gospel Coalition. She is the host of The Green Workshop, an event for women on the subject of envy. She lives with her husband and their three children east of Nashville.
Harvest House Publishers, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)