Eating to spread the Word
Gastronomy and the gospel
How food feeds friendship and community
Contains delicious world food recipes
More than forty personal stories of edible sharing
An article in The Guardian earlier this year focused on the link between well-being and eating together. Based on research by Oxford Economics, it was noted that ‘regularly eating meals alone is the biggest single factor for unhappiness, besides existing mental illness’. Conversely, the article showed that the likelihood of happiness and satisfaction increased the more people ate with others.
The Gospels reveal that Jesus ate and drank with people so much that His enemies described Him as a ‘glutton and a drunkard’. He clearly saw the important link between food and relationships. Mealtimes with Him were more than simply stomach fillers but were opportunities to build friendships and convey ground-breaking kingdom truth and values. If Jesus spent so much time in this way, shouldn’t we do the same?
Have we forgotten that food and faith belong together? From Genesis to Revelation, God provides for His people to eat. Regardless of age or ethnicity, gender or class, we all share the same God-given physical and spiritual hunger.
From a BAFTA award-winning writer and missionary midwife to a former Hindu priest, and from a poetic school-girl to a celebrity chef, Simply Eat is an inspirational collection of stories and recipes from more than forty contributors, celebrating the power of food and faith in the Bible and in their lives. Colourfully illustrated and creative, this book exquisitely reveals all God can do when we simply eat!
The inspiration for Simply Eat came when Manoj Raithatha of the South Asian Forum had a lightbulb moment. ‘I have always been passionate about food,’ he says. ‘I love to host people and take them out for meals. It is a way of showing love and respect that I inherited from my Asian culture. But it is only recently that I have come to understand how fundamental food and eating together are to friendship and faith. In the UK’s often polarised multicultural and multi-ethnic society, coming around the table to eat together will be essential to building community, welcoming outsiders and making safe spaces to share the good news of Jesus Christ.’
When we come together to eat, we find opportunities to build community, discover our shared humanity and find that our spiritual as well as our physical need can be met.
Enjoy this book and simply eat.
What reviewers say:
‘Great Commission is all about equipping and inspiring a passion to make Jesus known. That’s why we love the vision of Simply Eat, bringing people together to share good food and good news stories of Jesus. We’re so excited to see how God uses this book to inspire hospitality, generosity and a hunger to see others come to know Jesus.’
Gavin Calver, Director of Mission, Great Commission, Evangelical Alliance
‘At last a resource is in print that helps us grasp the fact that Jesus’ life was a lot around eating with people. I really believe this book will help us walk a bit more as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6).’
Steve Bell, Director in Great Britain and Ireland, Interserve
‘We are committed to mission and inspiring others to mission. This new resource creatively encourages believers to share their faith with friends and family in a friendly non-threatening way.’
Steve Uppal, Senior Pastor, All Nations
‘Simply Eat is a wonderful book full of fabulous examples of how to build strong friendships with people of all faiths and none whilst sharing the hope and joy of knowing Jesus Christ. This high-quality resource will be a great encouragement for Christians unsure of how to get started and an inspiration to those seeking new ideas.’
Andrew Smith, Director of Interfaith Relations, The Church of England – Birmingham
‘Simply Eat is a delightful and inspiring book full of stories of everyday Christians using hospitality and food to get to know their neighbours, to build friendships and to share Jesus. With mouth-watering recipes from around the world, this book will encourage you to reach out across cultures, and we pray that as you do, many will come to hear about Christ.’
Jo Sutton, Director of Communications, London City Mission
‘A key value of Asian cultures is that no one should have to eat alone – but in the West they often do. Simply Eat is part of the solution to this problem, celebrating the power and joy of eating together as we share both our food and our lives with one another.’
Manoj Raithatha, National Coordinator, South Asian Forum, Evangelical Alliance
Simply Eat (ISBN: 9781909728943) is published by Instant Apostle and is available from Christian bookshops, bookstores and online retailers. Non-fiction, paperback,144pp, £15.00.