It’s been four long years since I’ve written a book and Bible study project. But this project has been 10, yes, t-e-n years in the making.
A decade ago, I penned a book and study called Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey. I spent time with shepherds, farmers, vintners, and beekeepers, and opened up the Bible and asked, “How do you read these passages, not as theologians, but in light of what you do everyday?”
Their answers changed the way I read the Bible forever.
I was undone by the discoveries—and to this day, familiar scripture is so much more vibrant and connective.
As soon as that project released, a series of people approached me, asking, “Why didn’t you spend time with an olive grower?”
Oof—that would have been amazing. One day, I’ll do that! I thought.
I’ve been waiting for the day. For almost a decade. Now the time has come.
Over the course of the last year, I’ve been on a spiritual quest to examine the Scripture with a keen interest in food.
Turns out, if you start with the Genesis 1 and read through Revelation, you’ll discover food pops and sizzles on almost every page.
To better understand the rich food imagery and symbolism, I:
*Traveled to Israel to cast nets on the Sea of Galilee
*Descended 410 feet into a salt mine
*Baked matzo with an expert on ancient grains at Yale University
*Brought in an olive harvest on a remote island in Croatia
*Graduated from a Steakology 101 course with a Texas butcher
*Plucked fruit from a premier California fig farm
Again, with each person, I asked how do you read the Scriptures in light of what you do everyday?
Their answers revolutionized the way I read the Bible and whet my appetite for a more nourishing, fruitful and satisfying life with God.
This summer I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to film the 6-session Bible study. It was a dream come true.
Each session opens with a recipe in the kitchen—and some are even taught with my husband, Leif, who is the best cook in our home. (And I’m grateful).
Then we dive into the Bible using one of the ingredients from the recipe. Um, the gluten free dark chocolate chip cookies are all things amazingness—and yes, the recipe is included.
+What Jesus really meant when he said, “You are the salt of the earth.”
+ How you were uniquely created to help others flourish.
+ Tools to overcome awkwardness and nurture deeper connections around any table.
+ God’s perspective on fruitfulness and how to increase the yield in your life.
+ How to rise above uncertainty knowing what’s divinely planted to carry you through.
+ What Jesus intended when he said, “I am the bread of the of life.”
And so much more.
It’s at the table where we learn to taste and see the goodness of God. It’s at the table where the love of God is made edible. And there’s a place set just for you.
Will you join me?
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