Book Review Alert! 40 Loaves by C.D. Baker

*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Title: 40 Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our father Each Day
Blog Tour Dates: December 14-18

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.

My Review

I am on Day 8 in this book. It is a delicious, soul stirring journey each morning when I open C.D. Baker’s book. One doesn’t have to completely finish this little gem in order to review it and get the most out of it.

In one page or less each day, Baker tackles tough questions we Christians ask ourselves all the time. He brings in his own real life experiences and interviews he has had with others who are believers and seekers. I took the book to my job one day and was just so encouraged by the message of “Why Do We Doubt”, that I almost cried. His writing is witty, sharp, and filled with God’s honest love and truth. I will definitely continue to read this book. After forty days, I am sure I will continue to be restored and not feel bad for some of the emotions and thoughts I have about this Christian walk.

Break Bread with your Father everyday. He is waiting for you to seek Him out and ask your heartfelt questions!

Sozintara.

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