Tuesday, December 15, 2009

40 Loaves by C. D. Baker

Link for  40 Loaves – Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day by C.D. Baker at Random House

Book Description:  There are many questions we’re not supposed to ask when playing by the religious rules. It makes people uncomfortable. So why is it that Jesus invited questions and even asked some of them himself? What is it that you’re afraid to ask God? It’s a risky prospect to begin asking–but far riskier to continue simply trying to get by without knowing. Author C. D. Baker asked himself 40 soul-searching questions which started a conversation in his heart and ultimately showed him more about God than He ever expected.

Can we become more honest with who we really are and find who God says He really is at the same time? Come indulge yourself in daily readings with an honest exploration of your secret fears and thoughts, and know that you will always be welcomed in God’s unconditional love.

My Review:
I absolutely loved this book. 40 Loaves is a devotional type book that asks and answers questions Christians are afraid to ask. The book begins with a “Dear Reader” where the author illustrates his compassion and understanding of struggling Christians and those who need to know they are not alone with their questions.
Just a few of the 40 Loaves are:

• Why am I so uncomfortable with doubts?

• Why don’t I have more faith?

• Why am I so afraid of death?

• Why are some Christians so hard for me to like?

• Why can’t I relax around God?

Each chapter also has a short “Food for Thought” and a prayer or scripture.

40 Loaves is both encouraging and challenging as the author explores the thoughts and questions we have about Jesus, faith, and feelings. For this review I read through the book as a whole, but I am going to go back and read it as a devotional with reflection and prayer. This is a book that came to me when I needed it most, and I was truly affected by its message.

The author’s website is here: C.D. Baker

About the author:
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.
Thank you to WaterBrook Mulnomah Publishing Group for the review copy.


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