I thought nothing could make me appreciate food and prayer like the movie “Babette’s Feast” until I read David Brazzeal’s book “Pray Like A Gourmet.” If the subject of prayer overwhelms you like a five course meal, then you will like the way David takes time to explain the concept of prayer.
David, who travels with the International Mission Board and is a foodie, says the origins of prayer are as basic as a simple table with bread and wine. This table connects us to Jewish traditions (page 28) of prayer that fosters relationships. The meal is centered on gratitude, forgiveness and inclusion. Everyone is invited to sit at the table and to share their stories that could then restore and heal them from past hurts and challenges.
In each chapter, David shares different prayer styles like blessings, meditation, or contemplation. The chapter also provides creative ways to practice and dig deeper in that particular style of prayer. As an example of practicing intercessory prayer, David suggests that a person can create a weekly prayer calendar. Each day of the week focuses on praying for a particular group of people like family, friends, and people in your community (page 140). It’s a helpful mechanism to organize and focus on what and who you are praying about.
The illustrations in the book are created by Dutch artist Willemijn de Groot are an added benefit to the book. David’s words and Willemijn’s artistry create a nice recipe for centering yourself in prayer. The drawing of the labyrinth (page 100) is the perfect size to use your index finger to move through the channels. After completing it, you will find yourself relaxed and centered as if you had actually walked one.
This a good book to read to nourish your soul and strengthen your prayer life. David states on his About Me webpage that he is a Pastor for Artists. David shares that he loves to “nudge those who are creative towards deeper spirituality and those who are spiritual toward heighted creativity.” After reading his book, I get a sense of what he is trying to do. There is a link between being spiritual and being creative; a prayer life helps with that link.
From the many quotes in David’s book, I like the quote from author Frederick Buechner of Telling Tales the best. He says, “go where your best prayers take you.” It’s safe to say that David’s book helps you get to your best prayer.
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