grandma comes to town.  the kids help her spin salad, wash cars and create play-doh magnificence.  

mama is able to steal extra bits of quiet time and read everything from the serious (tim keller’s the reason for god) to the frivolous (my last supper:  50 great chefs and their final meals).

i’m still trudging through the reason for god.  i am finding i need to read it slowly. i read this passage the other day and it fits well with what i’m reading in n.t. wright’s surprised by hope.

We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order.  The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it.  Jesus has come to redeem where it is wrong and heal the world where it is broken.  His miracles are not just proofs that he has power but also wonderful foretastes of what he is going to do with that power.  Jesus’s miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming.

melanie dunea’s my last supper:  50 great chefs and their final meals was a fun browse.  she asked 50 chefs what their last meal would be, who would make it, who they would eat with, what they would drink, and what they would listen to.  a picture accompanied each entry.  i heard an interview about this book a ways back and remember that one chef said he’d have shellfish and eat with people who keep kosher so they could taste what they are missing.  and that he’d want himself or a rabbi to prepare it.  i remember thinking, “hmm, either this guy is being funny, or sweet (wanting people to truly enjoy what they believe they cannot), or kind of cruel.”  

my brother-in-law worked for chef masa takayama for a bit.  then through a series of events it was discovered that masa is um…crazy? and was let go in a rather unfortunate manner.  who is the chef who wanted to eat with those who keep kosher?  that would be masa takayama.  so i’m thinking he wasn’t trying to be funny or sweet.



5 thoughts on “bookish

  1. Well, I guess making good foods doesn’t exempt you from being a meanie. I might need to get that book out of the library. Hooray from grandmas! Extra minutes for mom to regain her mind are priceless.

    Thanks for sharing that passage. So exciting.

  2. Well, there’s two more books for my to-read list. I can always count on you!

    My last meal would involve lots of yeast & sugar. Definitely good bread & cheese. And great wine.

  3. sarah marie – i totally recommend the book!

    jenni – it seemed like a lot of chefs agreed with your vote for “yeast.” crusty bread was on the menu for many. and the wine.

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