Book Review: Out of the House of Bread

Book Review: Out of the House of Bread

outofthehouseofbreadAbout the Book:

Out of the House of Bread is about satisfying your hunger for God.  It is an invitation to sacramental living.


Too often, the disciplines of the Spirit remain dormant-unused by many Christians because they feel too much like rules.  But what if they aren’t rules?  What if they are potent conversation starters?  Invitations to discover God right now, today?


Pairing each chapter on the process of baking very good bread with a spiritual discipline that complements it, this extraordinary book will help you feel and experience God’s nearness as you discover new avenues if prayer along the way.


Out of the House of Bread is a glorious celebration of the seasons of our walk with God, remembering and introducing forms of prayer to take you closer to God in worship.  Accommodations for gluten-free or vegan bread, as well as an appendix with suggested reading and artwork for contemplation, complete a book sure to surprise you with its honesty, conviction, and hunger for God to be known through and in all things.  Especially through and in you.


My Thoughts:

I fell in love with Preston Yancey’s writing last year when I read his memoir Tables in the Wilderness. (My review is here.) He is a beautiful writer, drawing his reader into a conversation full of curiosity and invitation.  So when I saw he had written a book on spiritual disciplines I was intrigued.  As a Spiritual Director I love introducing people to new ways that they might connect with God, but as the informational blurb states many people are skeptical seeing the disciplines not as an invitation, but as a rule or a burden.

I think Yancey did a masterful job of inviting the reader to see the historical Christian spiritual disciplines from a fresh angle.  I loved how he wrote for a variety of different readers, even explaining how a believer comfortable with liturgical practices might see icons in a traditional sense and how a believer who has no familiarity (or level of comfort) with icons can actually find icons that invite them to ponder God as close as the cup in their hand or the bowl in their cupboard.

The pairing of the act of baking bread with the exploration of the spiritual disciplines was another creative way to invite the reader to enter into the process of discovery.  These aren’t things to merely be pondered, but things meant to be lived.  There is a tactile aspect to our discovery of God in our every day life and each chapter not only gave spiritual exercises, but also baking instructions as another way to move into reflection.

I read through this book at the same time as several of my friends and really enjoyed our discussions on each chapter and the way that it impacted us individually.  All in all, I loved the book and recommend it.

I received a free pre-release digital edition of this book in exchange for my honest review, however, I did purchase a hard copy as a welcome edition to my library.