Thursday, October 4, 2012

Share the Bounty, Finding God's Graace Through the Spirit of Hospitality by Benita Long

Share the Bounty
Finding God's Grace Through the Spirit of Hospitality
Benita Long

Long and her photographer, food stylist and artistic and floral design assistants, have compiled a book of menus set amidst pages of photographs and verses and quotes designed around the idea of hospitality and finding God's grace through such sharing food and comfort with guests.

The book is large and would be a beautiful coffee table book. The photographs are abundant and well done, although not quite how I would photograph them as a photographer. The book is divided into sections such as The Call, Prepare to Share and Three delightful Luncheons. Each focuses on an aspect of hospitality The recipes look good and are presented in an orderly manner that make them easy to read and follow.
Throughout the book, there are Bible verses and a variety of quotes from people throughout the ages. This is where I have the problem with this book. The book is titled in part... “Finding God's Grace Through the Spirit of Hospitality”, yet which God do they mean? There are quotes from ungodly people such as Yoko Ono, Led Zeppelin, Henry Nouwen, Ghandi and more. If this was billed as an inspirational book about hospitality, it might be okay. But... when we want to focus on God's grace, and the gospel (which is not presented in this book, but God's grace is not separate from the gospel), we are given an ecumenical view of hospitality; a view that includes Non-Christians who don't know God nor His hospitality.
Overall, this is a well presented book with doable recipes, nice photography, and a bevy of well meaning, but secular quotes scattered amongst Bible verses to inspire people to share God's grace through hospitality. I wish the authors would have kept to Biblical examples of hospitality, but since they did not, I cannot recommend this book wholly as a portraying a Biblical worldview about the subject. If you just want something inspirational, then it is a book that will satisfy many a woman's coffee table and dinner table.

I received this book from the publisher, and have given my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review

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