Book helps us live fully day-by-day


An Altar in the World
By Barbara Brown Taylor

Wake up to God, walk on the earth, work attentively, get lost, feel pain, pronounce blessings. These are among the spiritual practices suggested to the reader in Barbara Brown Taylor’s latest work. She affirms the classic practices – walking, meditation, fasting, prayer – while adding to them practices she has discovered and cultivated in her own life. Her suggestions are practical, accessible, wonderful.

This is a book that will help you to live close to God as you live fully day by day. This life is profound in everyday experiences and encounters. The eternal God meets us as we look, see, touch, feel, hear, walk, chop, clean, rest, arise, retreat, engage with others.

This book is a field guide, Taylor suggests.  Begin anywhere and stop anywhere.  Experience God today, in this time, in the place where you are.

Taylor writes, “Wherever you are, you live in the world, which is just waiting for you to notice the holiness in it.  So welcome to your own priesthood, practiced at the altar of your own life.  The good news is that you have everything you need to begin.”

Be blessed as you go forth in the world God made, in the world God sustains, in the world where God has chosen to be present.


In Defense of Food
By Michael Pollan

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Rarely is a book summarized so well in the first sentence! This is a great read for anyone who eats (and that is most of us).

Pollan confronts the “American paradox:”A notably unhealthy population preoccupied with nutrition and diet and the idea of eating healthily.  e are overfed but undernourished, consuming what, strictly speaking, is not food at all. We have forgotten what it means to eat.

Anxious about our diets, we are led astray by processing, packaging and convenience. 

Pollan’s offers simple and memorable mantras:

• Eat only what your great-grandmother would recognize as food
• Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does
• Stay away from any package that proclaims health effects
• Resist anything that lists more than five ingredients
• Do not buy packages that have ingredients that you cannot recognize or pronounce
• Shop at farmer’s markets
• In a grocery store, shop near the walls and stay away from the center aisles 
• Do all your eating at a table
There’s lots more, all particularly applicable in our agricultural state among a people devoted to honoring God’s gifts of nourishment and health.