When my friend saw 40 Loaves sitting on my coffee table, she excitedly picked it up thinking it was a cookbook for bread. I told her it was a devotional as she began flipping through its pages, stopping at different places of interest to read. No, C.D. Baker’s 40 Loaves isn’t a cookbook for bread, but it definitely had the right ingredients to engage with the Bread of Life.
40 Loaves invites readers to take a 40 day journey into some of the toughest questions that plague to hearts of Christians (and non-Christians)—questions like “Why do I only pray in emergencies?” “Why does God seem silent in my life?” “Why don’t I feel safe at church” and “Why do I try so hard to fit in?” These are questions that have not only kept me awake at night—doubting my faith in God, doubting my passion for His Kingdom, and doubting my own salvation—they are also questions an unbelieving world wants answered.
While author C.D. Baker doesn’t have a neat and tidy answer for everything, he does good job of presenting his ideas in short three pages, which also include questions to consider (called “Food For Thought”) and a brief prayer from Scripture, the saints, or written by the author himself. Each entry is written in a friendly, easily understood manner that invites engagement with the text.
What I really enjoy about this book is this—the other day I was pondering a deep question in my heart. I just needed a bit of encouragement, so I opened 40 Loaves to distract myself. As I perused my table of contents, I saw my question there among the others. I turned to the page, read what Baker had to say, and I felt a little better. Did I still wrestle with the issue on my own after that? Absolutely. But I felt better knowing someone else felt the same way and presented a well-crafted, logical, and biblical answer to what bothered me.
This is a great gift book or one to keep by your bed or even to use in your own 40 day journey—a journey into doubt, fear, and questions—one you will no doubt keep taking.
*This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*
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