Almost seven years ago I started writing a blog. I called it "Don't Eat Alone" (www.donteatalone.com) because of a quote from the Buddha that I found in a cookbook: "There is no joy in eating alone." He said what I already knew: food, life, and faith are all better when shared.
The blog opened the door for me to be able to write my first book, Keeping the Feast: Metaphors for the Meal, which will be published this fall. The book is a theology book with recipes, a cookbook with poetry, a poetry book with thoughts to snack on, all pointing to the ways we gather around food as metaphors for what it means to share Communion, that most sacred meal. Here's a short excerpt:
"What the gospel writers don’t seem to skimp on are stories of Jesus eating. Or at least stories of Jesus and food. He eats, he feeds, he talks about food, he even calls himself the Bread of Life and on the last night around the Table he wrapped it all up with a meal––The Meal––as the ultimate metaphor of what it means to be together. After the resurrection, he walked with the two along the Emmaus Road, talking and listening and remaining anonymous because they didn’t recognize him until they sat down for dinner and the stories came alive again when he broke the bread. Even on the nights that Ginger and I sit down at the table by ourselves, I feel surrounded by the cloud of witnesses that have sat there with us down all the days. I think of the hands that have touched the wood, the glasses that have been raised, all the bread broken and wine poured in our legacy of fellowship and community. It is Communion."
I grew up overseas and moved almost more times than I can count. I have worked as a minister, a teacher, and a chef -- and also a writer, even though it never paid much. The quest in all of my careers has been for community. I love finding ways to connect people with one another. And so I wrote a book about the ways food draws us to one another.
Since my book is about eating together, I want the chance to get out on the road and share more meals and hear more stories. I want to do all I can to help the book become something other than something I can share with a few friends. So I'm willing to go where I need to go for signings and suppers and any other kind of event that will give me a chance to talk about food, faith, family, and friends. This campaign will help me raise the money for a fall book tour and give me the chance to share this story.
Your contribution will help me continue my quest, finance my fall book tour, and help me discover what the next chapter of my life might look like. Thanks for being a part of this project.
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