Saturday, December 7, 2013

Stones for Bread

Book Review

“You are now a keeper of bread.” So ends Christa Parrish’s book, Stones for Bread. The book is nourishing to both the body and soul. The book contains ten recipes for different artisan breads. I have a glutton allergy and I admit I grieved that I would not be able to make the bread and enjoy the fruits of my labor. The recipes look absolutely delicious. It is also a book that gives the history of bread making with a cultural literacy that is comprehensive. Parrish knows bread.

Protagonist Liesl McIntyre builds a community around bread. She owns Wild Rise Bakehouse and she painstakingly adds to her family of employees and friends as her business grows. This community of characters goes through circumstances that strongly speak to the human condition: faith, trust, love, and even death.

Parrish moves back and forth seamlessly between contemporary Liesl and Liesl’s childhood and coming of age. By the end of the book the reader knows Liesl well. I liked following the thread from Liesl’s traumatic childhood to her adulthood. The reader is allowed to observe Liesl’s struggle to become whole. I was left with a wonderful  sense of how God moves and intervenes in our lives. I felt blessed by this book.

This is a wonderful book. I recommend it even if the reader has a glutton allergy. I received a copy of this book in return for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Book

A solitary artisan. A legacy of bread-baking. And one secret that could collapse her entire identity.

Liesl McNamara's life can be described in one word: bread. From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.

But the simple life she has cultivated is becoming quite complicated. Her head baker brings his troubled grandson into the bakeshop as an apprentice. Her waitress submits her recipes to a popular cable cooking show. And the man who delivers her flour --- a single father with strange culinary 

habits --- seems determined to win Liesl's affection.

When Wild Rise is featured on television, her quiet existence appears a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family's past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, the baker must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in detachment and remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.

About the Author

Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of three novels, including the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year Watch Over Me. When she's not writing, she's a homeschool mother of three wonderful children. Married to author and pastor Chris Coppernoll, Christa serves with him as co-leader of their church's youth ministry as well as serving as a facilitator for a divorce recovery ministry. She is now also slightly obsessed with the art of baking bread.

Learn more about Christa at:

Christa Parrish is celebrating her fourth novel, Stones for Breadwith a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway.
#StonesforBread KitchenAid Mixer Contest #ChristaParrish

Easy steps to enter:

1. Follow Christa Parrish and TNZ Fiction on Pinterest.

2. Then Pin the Stones for Bread book cover (below), the contest graphic (above), or both, and link to this post (using this URL: #StonesforBread KitchenAid Mixer Contest #ChristaParrish

3. Then fill out THIS SHORT FORM to let us know. (There are also some additional ways to earn extra entries, as well as an option for non-Pinterest users. It's true—people like that do exist!)

Questions? Email info @ litfusegroup dot com.

Winner will be announced on 12/9 on Christa's Facebook Page.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good review. Haven't visited your blog in a long time! Glad to see you are still writing. Hope you all had a good Christmas.


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