Book Review: Celebrating Biblical Feasts

“Well, you can go on looking forward,” said Gandalf. “There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you.”

― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

Celebrating Biblical Feasts

Celebrating Biblical Feasts bought at Cokesbury

Celebrating Biblical Feasts In Your Home or Church by Martha Zimmerman

We have a bright, energetic, computer obsessed six-year-old boy who will go to great lengths to avoid conversations about morality.  Despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that I have taught his Bible class for four years, he merely tolerates but does not enjoy talking about spirituality.  Faith is just not a subject his concrete, here-and-now personality is currently geared towards.  The poor fellow, however, happened to land two parents who are rather spiritually obsessed.

My husband and I have each been involved in some form of faith-based ministry or education for most of our adult lives.  More than half the books on our heavily laden shelves are about spirituality.  We are both profoundly interested in the pursuit of the divine, to the point that we are working on this crazy blog about seeking sustainability as a spiritual process (Sounds crazy right?!)

So in an effort to meet our son’s practical needs and our spiritual needs, we discovered this fabulous book that provides teaching, instructions, hints, and even recipes to help families experience the New Testament significance of Old Testament celebrations such as Passover and the Sabbath.  We loved the way that Jewish celebrations use warm, glowing, touchable, taste-able real world objects as a way to teach abstract spiritual concepts and provide comforting repetition of songs and prayers to reinforce faith in a soothing way.

We have used the ideas in the book to model several different holidays and a few months of Sabbaths for our family and have found this the best tool so far for interesting our son in our own spirituality.  Something really special, intimate, and almost magical happens when we light the prayed-over candlesticks and see our son drawn like a moth the flame that seems to warm and open his heart to hear our words in a new way.  I will be sharing our thoughts and experiences from these feasts under Holiday Ideas as we go along.

Biblical feasting is a way to connect our souls to each other, and therein to touch the divine.  No doubt, if invited, Tolkien would probably have been the first to the table.

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