REVIEW: Soil and Sacrament

I often review books, but it’s not very often that I find ones that impact me quite the way that Soil and Sacrament has done. Through my journey, there have been those key writings that have come into my life at just the right time and helped to guide me to the next step in my path. This is one of those seminal books.

Soil and Sacrament is a travelogue chronicling the spiritual journey of Fred Bahnson as he sought to experience a deeper communion with God while exploring the connections between food, people and the earth. Bahnson’s writing style is honest and in the vein of Anne Lamott. There is a simple saying in the text that epitomizes the desire of Fred’s journey and it was the prayer of the early Christian monks: “We beg you, make us truly alive.”  Soil and Sacrament digs deep into the soil of life and discovers that God desires for us to find Him in the midst of community and our humanity truly comes alive as we explore our connection to the earth. This is truly a great book and I highly recommend it.

Here’s is the TED talk with Fred sharing about his journey.

About the Author:

Fred Bahnson is a writer, permaculture gardener, and the cofounder and former director of Anathoth Community Garden. The coauthor of Making Peace With the Land, his essays have appeared in Oxford American, Image, The Sun, Christian Science Monitor, and Best American Spiritual Writing 2007. He is the recipient of a Kellogg Food & Community fellowship and a North Carolina Artist fellowship in Creative Nonfiction. He lives with his wife and three sons in western North Carolina and is the director of the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Fred Bahnson’s website
‘Soil and Sacrament’ – TEDx Mahattan talk
Fred Bahnson interviews in Image Journal 
Soil and Sacrament on Amazon:

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