Every year when it is nearing the end I am looking for new devotional books to start the new year. I was recently sent the book 40 Loaves by C.D. Baker from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group, I was excited to check it out.
This book of daily readings has 40 entries so you can break bread with the Father each day. At the end of each entry is a Food For Thought section. This section asks some questions that are hard to answer. Questions like "When have I used Jesus for my own purposes?" and "Can I honestly say I love Jesus".
In the first daily reading it says this, "Do I really want to take Jesus by the hand or just take from his hand?" I am really pondering this statement. I am excited to add this book to my daily quiet time. I would love to send you a copy as well. Leave a comment before Sunday, December 27th at midnight CST and you will be entered to win.
Below is a little more about the book and the author. You can also find more information about the book here.
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.
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.