You know those books that you pick up and then just can’t put down. Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist was one of those books. The book is a collection of stories about life around the table. It is about food, but it more about life, with all its ups, downs, ins, and outs. Shauna shares herself in a way that really allows you to see inside of her, while also seeing inside of yourself. I connected with her on a very deep level, despite the fact that I have never met her.
This post is going to be a little different than most, because instead of sharing my words, I am going to share hers. Here is some of what she had to say:
“The extra pounds didn’t matter, as I look back, but the shame that came with those extra pounds was like an infectious disease. That’s what I remember. And so these days, my mind and my heart are focused less on the pounds and more on what it means to live without shame, to exchange that heavy and corrosive self-loathing for courage and freedom and gratitude. Some days I do just that, and some days I don’t, and that seems to be just exactly how life is.” (pg 37)
I urge you to buy the book or check it out from the library. In addition to the stories, there are fabulous recipes throughout. I laughed and cried off and on during the entire reading, and started again when I picked it up to write this post. It is a must read, especially for women. It is truth-telling and vulnerability like you haven’t experienced it before.