Book Review: Bread and Wine + We’re featured!

This week, I was featured over at Ren’s Family Blog! Thanks so much for featuring my post about 5 Books You Should Read Immediately!

In honor of being featured, I decided it was about time to put up my review of one of those books that you should be reading immediately. And of course, that book is Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. If you have been talking to me at all in the past few weeks, you have heard about this book.

A book review of Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist written by Krista Cannon on chrisandkrista.org

 Image provided by shaunaniequist.com

Bread and Wine is “a love letter to life around the table.” It is Shauna’s memoir of how her love for food is something that has throughout her life brought people together, helped her family to develop precious friendships and taught them how to serve the people they love. Its broken up in to short stories that are memories of how food and gathering around the table has truly affected her life. And as a bonus every story comes with a fantastic recipe like this Blueberry Crisp:

Blueberry Crisp from Shauna Niequist's new book Bread and Wine in a book review written by Krista Cannon on chrisandkrista.org

In the beginning of Bread and Wine, Shauna writes about a common conversation between musicians who sit around discussing songs they love wishing they were their own. I couldn’t help but think that’s exactly how I feel about Bread and Wine. This book is the book that I wish I had written and it is one I will be reading over and over again. Shauna’s writing is beautiful, emotional and captivates you from page one like a conversation with a good friend over coffee. Although the book is filled with real life stories about her struggles and problems, its also filled with romantic stories of deep friendships, cooking clubs, and of course, the ultimate message, of coming together around the table.

The title Bread and Wine comes from the most important table gathering, which is when we gather around the communion table and take the bread and wine in remembrance of Christ. This is an importance message throughout the book reminding us not only of our weakness as humans and need for food, as we need Christ, but also the opposite. We, as humans, cannot only live on food but we thrive on the Word of God, our relationship with Him and our relationship with others. And that is ultimately what gathering around the table is about.  So, now pick up your copy of Bread and Wine and follow Shauna’s advice:

This is what I want you to do: I want you to tell someone you love them, and dinner’s at six. I want you to throw open your front door and welcome the people you love into the inevitable mess with hugs and laughter.

Gather the people you love around your table and feed them with love and honesty and creativity, because there will be a day when it all falls apart.

These are things I can’t change. Not one of them. Can’t fix, can’t heal, can’t put the broken pieces back together. But what I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people I love through the fear and the mess. That’s all any of us can do. That’s what we’re here for.

 

Who are you going to invite to gather around your table?

 

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Hello Monday \\ Fifteenth of July

Hello, Monday!

Hello, a newly discovered online print shop, Society 6 . Artists upload their prints, and Society 6 does the rest. How cool is that? Its very similar to Etsy, but without the need for a super printer or skills in T-shirt making or even framing. You can purchase (or sell) prints as prints, framed prints, stretched canvases, T-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, and even iPod covers! Here is  pretty little print I found, perfect for today:

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Art by Brooke Weeber

Check it out and see what gems you can find. Stay tuned, as I may even be opening up my own print shop on Society 6!

Hello, feeling loved, from all our friends that came out for our Abschiedsfeier (Goodbye Party). Look for a post on that coming soon 🙂

Hello, feeling excited, for lots of visitors this week!!

Hello, disappointment that my camera is broken in the last month that we are here.

Hello, thankfulness that it is under warranty and will cost us nothing to fix!

nikon, camera, photography, hello mondays, Chris and Krista

Another Print from Society 6 by Bianca Green

Hello, hope and joy in the Lord.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

German Culture: Birthdays


 

In honor of my birthday yesterday, I thought I would tell you a little bit about what to do when its yours or someone else’s birthday in Germany. So, here are a couple of do’s and don’t of birthdays in Germany.

1. Do not, under any circumstances, wish someone a “Happy Birthday” before the actual date of their birth.

Not only is this considered to be rude, but it is just plain bad luck. At the beginning (and even now sometimes), I made this faux paux quite often. I knew I wouldn’t see that person on their actual birthday, so I would say it a couple days early when I did see them. Very un-German of me. You can, however, acknowledge that it will be someone’s birthday in the next fews days, which I found to be a polite way of acknowledging their birthday, but not bringing them any bad luck!

2. Do throw yourself a birthday party, especially if it is considered a “big” birthday!

The birthday honoree is the also the host. So, whether it is a big birthday like 25, 40, 50, or 80, or just an invitation out to dinner, everything is provided by the Geburtstagskind (Birthday kid)! This is especially good to remember, as an American, on any day of the week. If you ask someone to have dinner with you at a restaurant, that means the tab is on you! We have also made that mistake a couple of times, but thankfully had understanding friends that had been around lots of Americans 😉

Last year, we were able to celebrate two big birthdays with Chris’ family in Germany. His uncle turned 50 and his grandfather turned 80. Although both birthdays were really different, they both reminded me of something like a wedding reception in America. It was a big party at a venue with plenty of catered food, and for the “young folk”, there was music and dancing. Each party lasted for hours and included toasts from friends and speeches about special memories of that person. It was such a cool experience for us, and especially special for me, because Chris’ grandfather asked me to be the photographer at his birthday party! It was a great bonding moment for us 🙂

Hello, Birthday \\ Eighth of July

Hello, Birthday! (which also happens to be my favorite day of the year!)

Hello, the number 26! You look like you are going to be a great year!

Hello, lots of loving birthday cards!

Hello, deep reflections of life that always come at times of beginning and ending. This time is especially good for that with so much change happening in our lives.

Hello, candelight dinner with my husband in a fancy hotel in Chemnitz, a way to celebrate not only my birthday but our time in this city!

Chemnitz, Chris and Krista, Candlight Dinner, Birthday Surprise

Hello, love! And new photos to edit from a super fun proposal I got to witness (and photograph) this weekend!

Hello, cookbook deadline!

Hello, bittersweet. We will be spending the week making preparations for our goodbye party this weekend!

More birthday posts to come this week!


More than Enough

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Washing loads of clothes for two people means that I have more than enough clothing to wear and that I have someone I share my life with.

Ironing means I have somewhere nice to go.

Dusting means I live indoors and not on the streets.

Vacuuming means I have a floor to vacuum and a way to keep it clean.

Scrubbing the shower and toilets means I have running, hot water.

Meal planning means that I have so much, I am able to choose what I want to eat.

Cooking three meals a day means I have enough to eat.

Changing sheets means I have a bed to sleep in and even an extra to share.

Checking email means I have internet access, which is access to friends, family, and more information than ever before.

Those routine, arduous, boring tasks are signs that we are living in God’s abundance.

Life really is all about perspective.

Just another lesson from Gideon.

 What could you add to this list?

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Hello, Monday // First of July

Every Monday (almost), Lisa Leonard does this super cute link up called Hello, Monday. I thought it would be fun to say hello on Monday, too 🙂

So here’s what we are saying hello to this Monday:

Hello July, my birthday month! Yes, in our house, you get to celebrate your birthday for a whole month! We’re happy to be alive 😉

Hello breakfast of Blueberry Peach Crisp from one of my new favorite books, Bread and Wine.

Blueberry Crisp by Shauna Niequist from Bread and Wine

Hello Sunshine and a beautiful high of 70F/21C. You’ve been hiding behind all this cold weather and rain. Thanks for finally finding us again.

Hello Day off and relaxing with my hubby.

Hello mix of exhaustion and joy from spending so much time with new and old friends in Leipzig and Chemnitz this weekend! 60 people at baseball, 50 people at church in Chemnitz, and 26 people at church in Leipzig! God is moving in Germany 🙂

Hello new book for our super secret best friends book wife. Can’t wait to start reading The Paris Wife!

Hello deadline for my first article for A Woman Becoming!

What are you saying hello to this morning?