Food for Life
The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating
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Food for Life draws on L. Shannon Jung's gifts as theologian, ethicist, pastor, and eater extraordinaire. In this deeply thoughtful but very lively book, he encourages us to see our humdrum habits of eating and drinking as a spiritual practice that can renew and transform us and our world. In a fascinating sequence that takes us from the personal to the global, Jung establishes the religious meaning of eating and shows how it dictates a healthy order of eating. He exposes Christians' complicity in the face of widespread eating disorders we experience personally, culturally, and globally, and he argues that these disorders can be reversed through faith, Christian practices, attention to habitual activities like cooking and gardening, the church's ministry, and transforming our cultural policies about food.
"Food for Life draws on the resources of Christian faith to help us delight in food and share with people who struggle with hunger."
David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
"A clarion call to Christians to heed the ethical and spiritual connection between food, eating, health, community, work, addiction, the environment, and globalization."
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, authors of Spiritual Literacy and editors of SpiritualityHealth.com.
"The voice of the faith community is desperately needed to help redeem our food and agriculture system. Shannon Jung provides us with the theological framework and justification for the faith community to take its rightful role in that process."
Frederick Kirschenmann, Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University