Monday, December 14, 2009

40 Loaves by C.D. Baker

“Why don’t I have more faith?”
“Why am I so bored with Jesus?”
“Why are Christians so hard for me to like?”

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.

Search me, O God … and know my anxious thoughts.
–Psalm 139:23 NIV

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.

Heidi Says: I previously read and reviewed C.D. Baker's book - 101 Cups of Water. I was excited for the opportunity to review another book by this author. 40 Loaves was not a disappointment! The book's subtitle is "Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day" - daily readings to renew a hungry spirit. Where 101leaves off, this book picks up. Now, you can have the "bread" to go along with your "cup of water".

It's been "one of those years". It's one thing when you can say "one of those days" - but when you've had a year filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, trials and tribulations, you end up with A LOT of questions. That's where I am. So, this book came to me right when I needed it most. C. D. Baker answers some very simple, yet thought-provoking questions in this book - questions such as "Why don't I feel safe at church?" (I found this one particularly interesting), "Why do I always feel exhausted?", and "Why don't I have more faith?"

I received an extra copy of this book for a giveaway - I gave it to my friend Sue who is still battling cancer. She's got questions too - and it seemed like a perfect gift! If you are looking for a quick devotional book containing daily readings that will make you think, I'd definitely recommend 40 Loaves.

NOTE: I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for free, in exchange for my honest thoughts on it.

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