Thursday, January 07, 2010
40 Loaves by CD Baker
Hailed and marketed as a devotional book, I tend to disagree. Sure, these are short chapters and can be used as a daily meditation or devotional, but the discussions are so deep and intensive, it's not likely to be read and moved beyond easily. With topics that ask why it's so hard to have faith or forgive, you will greedily move from one chapter to another wanting to know what Baker has to say next. He is concise yet deep, thorough and profound. The most disappointing factor for me was that he didn't choose more loaves to ponder. I want a smorgasbord next time!
From the publisher:“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.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
Note-Waterbrook Press provided a copy of 40 Loaves for review purposes.