Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith

By Fred Bahnson
Part spiritual quest, part agricultural travelogue, this moving and profound exploration of the joy and solace found in returning to the garden is inspiring and beautiful.
A POWERFUL, PERSONAL STORY OF HOW GROWING AND SHARING FOOD PULLS US CLOSER TO GOD
Like many seekers of the authentic life, Fred Bahnson sought answers to big questions like "What does it mean to follow God? and How should I live my life? "But after divinity school at Duke, Bahnson began to find answers not in a pulpit, but at the handle of a plow. After his agrarian conversion, Bahnson started a faith-based community garden in rural North Carolina to help its members grow real food and to feed his own spiritual hunger.
"Soil and Sacrament" tells the story of how Bahnson and people of faith all over America are re-rooting themselves in the land, reconnecting with their food and each other, and praying with their very lives the prayer of the early Christian monks: We beg you, make us truly alive. Through his journeys to four different faith communities Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Jewish Bahnson explores the connections between spiritual nourishment and the way we feed our bodies with the sensitivity, personal knowledge, and insight shared by Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben.
"Soil and Sacrament" is a book about communion in its deepest sense an inspiring and joyful meditation on what grows above the earth, beneath it, and inside each one of us."


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"This is a very moving as well as a wonderfully intelligent meditation on what is involved in care for our earth. Fred Bahnson succeeds in showing how our practices of cultivating the environment and producing our food can become an integral part of a 'gospel for all creation.' In a culture obsessed with both growth and control, his spiritual insight is a gentle but clear challenge."--Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury



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Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publish date 08/06/2013
Pages 272
ISBN-13 9781451663303
ISBN-10 1451663307
Language English

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