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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  264 ratings  ·  89 reviews
What do you do when the gift you thought was bread turns out to be stones?
Liesl McNamara’s Wild Rise is not only a popular bakehouse and café in Vermont, it’s an extension of herself. Liesl is an artisan bread maker, like her mother and grandmother before her. Even though she lost her mother to suicide when she was eleven, she keeps this maternal bond alive as she bakes.
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Aline Kaehler
I chose this book for the plot and the cover. Gorgeous artwork on the cover, and the plot seemed interesting. I read the other reviews and honestly have no idea why it is rated so highly.
I couldn’t get “in” to the book. It seems all over the place to me, trying to be several different things that don’t fit together. For starters, the book is narrated by the main character. That’s not something I enjoy, ever. But to make things worse the first chapter is told by the main character when she is 4 y
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JoJo Sutis
Christa Parrish has chosen only the best ingredients for her latest release “Stones For Bread”!
This book is to be savored slowly, enjoyed and shared.
Bread-making and writing are fine arts and they marry well in this story.
From page one, I could smell the rich smell of bread baking and I was hungry for more.
Christa’s writing is so descriptively wonderful, I could only describe it as a feast for the senses!
Main character Liesl reminisced of baking with her mother and grandmother….I couldn’t help b
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Leona Olson



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What do you do when the gift you thought was bread turns out to be stones?
Liesl McNamara’s Wild Rise is not only a popular bakehouse and café in Vermont, it’s an extension of herself. Liesl is an artisan bread maker, like her mother and grandmother before her. Even though she lost her mother to suicide when she was eleven, she keeps this maternal bond alive as she bakes.
Liesl prides herself on living an uncomplicated, unattached life. But that changes when Seamus walks throug
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Rosie
Stones for Bread is an enchanting, emotional, story about Liesl McNamara.

Written in first person present tense, we get an intimate look at Liesl's introverted personality and the events that led to who she is presently. All this while we watch her change and bloom and overcome her traumatic past. Liesl isn't like the many characters I meet on a weekly basis, she stands out. She loves her routine and likes the amount of control she has over her business. She likes certainty. In this aspect at lea
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Anna
Liesl, a successful owner of a bakery, has never quite reconciled herself with her mother having committed suicide when she was but a girl. For generations the gift of baking bread has been passed from mother to daughter. Liesl took this gift and immersed herself in the daily chore of making and perfecting the perfect loaf. But in her passion for bread she has isolated herself from genuine connection with those around her. While Liesl's father sought and found refuge in God and church fellowship ...more
Shelly Ann Haselden
When you are a person who runs your own life. You don't really pay
attention to those around you. Until they need you. This book has allot
of good things going on, and tells us that eventually life changes and
not on purpose! Things just happen! Death, adoptions, finding a family,
loosing a friend. Love. Most of all love! Never give up on love when
its there. Good book!
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Alexandre Dumas, père, wrote of bakers:

In Paris today millions of pounds of bread are sold daily, made during the previous night by those strange, half-naked beings one glimpses through cellar windows, whose wild-seeming cries floating out of those depths always makes a painful impression. In the morning, one sees these pale men, still white with flour, carrying a loaf under one arm, going off to rest and gather new strength to renew their had and useful labor when night comes again. I have al
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Iola
Liesl McNamara is the owner of Wild Rise, a specialty bakery in a small town in Vermont. The story is told on three different levels. This should be distracting, but somehow it isn’t (that could be because I’m a fact and history nut). The main story is that of Liesl, an only child who has inherited a love of breadmaking from her German mother and Oma (grandmother).

This main story is interspersed with stories from Liesl’s past—happy stories about her learning the art of breadmaking, and sadder s
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Wanda
Liesl McNamara was a bread maker by trade but it was more than that. Making bread was a family tradition that was passed from generation to generation. She learned to make bread at the hands of her mother and grandmother, Oma, from the time she was a little girl. When she found her mother dead at the age of only thirteen, Liesl closed herself off from the world eventually turning to bread making as an escape from the memories that haunted her. Now, years later, she hides from the past in her bak ...more
Barb Terpstra
What I will remember most about this book is how the descriptions of bread making was woven into the story as a whole. In fact, I think I am intrigued enough with the sourdough recipes to try making my own sourdough starter. There is a particular recipe for a chocolate sourdough bread, with actual pieces of dark chocolate baked into it, that is especially appealing.

Liesl owns her own bakery.It seems as though bread and the making of it are an essential part of her nature. Her feelings of family,
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Pauline
While reading, I wanted to make bread--to smell it, taste it, get my hands into the tactile experience of kneading it. Stones for Bread dealt with many weighty issues and the story line was valuable. I felt the book was made complicated by inserting recipes and historical or biblical segments that just didn't seem to fit in where they were placed. I would get involved in the story, identifying with the character or an issue and...as my 6 year old grandson would say... "Bam!" a recipe or a strang ...more
Kepanie
Bread. One of my weaknesses. The descriptive scenes of Leisl making bread with her mum and grandmother were beautiful. I did realize at one point that this book could be considered Christian fiction and almost balked at reading further. As someone who believes in God but doesn't attend church, the spirituality was only in bits throughout and not overwhelming at all. I was totally comfortable. And besides, I was so sold on this book because of those bread scenes. I'm so glad the author really mad ...more
Amada Chavez
A great journey blending past and present while mixing interesting history throughout. And of coarse I LOVE the added recipes! I was SO excited when I read that there are 11 Artisan Bread recipes included. :D They make an excellent break from the emotional roller coasters and depth of feeling the author leads us on with her characters. And I absolutely LOVE all that I learned about bread from this book. I REALLY enjoyed it all. Christa is such an expressive writer. Sometimes the descriptions of ...more
Debbie Phillips
Jun 12, 2014 Debbie Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians - high school to adult that like clean Christian romance
This was a lovely book. I enjoyed it very much. It was different. Not the same old story. I loved the bread baking, and hope to make at least a couple of the recipes from the book. It had great characters. The spiritual message was not as pronounced as in some books, but it was there enough to qualify it as an inspirational/Christian fiction. My favorite quote from the story is the bedtime prayer Cecelia prays before bed on pg. 296.
“In peace, O God, we shut our eyes. In peace, again, we hope t
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Violet
Running her own bakeshop, the Wild Rise, will finally fill the void in 30-something Liesel McNamara’s life—won’t it? She sure has wagered all her dough on it—and the array of artisan sourdough starters, some as old as her history itself.

An artisan bakery in Billingston, Vermont is the setting for Christa Parrish’s latest novel, Stones for Bread. It is a story of a woman seeking to find herself after an adolescent tragedy. A chance to compete on the Good Food Network for $10,000 (enough for Pari
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Bonnie Thompson
An interesting read that has much to do with bread making including the yeasts that are utilized for optimum bread-making. A fiction novel with interesting parallels of bread to life. The author also touches on the history of bread and it's importance. Intense at times as the main character is grappling with childhood trauma. I love the characters in the story especially Zave, Cecelia and Seamus. Cecelia is a little girl that Liesl first meets in the bake house when Cecelia is there on a field t ...more
Chris M
I am not normally a fan of "Christian fiction" but my mother taught me to bake bread and was drawn to this by the thought of a story of an artisan bread-baker. I enjoy making my own bread and could really relate to Liesl's passion for it. I also enjoyed the bits of bread history. I do not relate at all to Liesl's religous journey but it is honest to the character and I can accept it. The story is written well and is readable so I would try this author again if the subject was of interest to me a ...more
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of STONES FOR BREAD by Christa Parrish from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. The opinions I have expressed are strictly my own, and receving this book did not mean I had to make a favorable review. With that said…

This was a heartwarming book, both inside and out, and by that I mean that I smiled through every page and then made myself some bread in the bread maker. I haven’t felt inclined to do that in many a moon.
The main character, Liesl, comes from a family of bread makers. He
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Brooke (i blog 4 books)
Review will be posted on i blog 4 books on 1/15/2014: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2014/...

Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish was a good book. Not great, but good. I enjoyed the story but had a really hard time getting into the book and connecting with the main character. I think the writing style, while beautiful, caused a bit of a disconnect for me.

I will say that I absolutely loved the cover. I found myself attempting to wipe the flour off of the front of it ... on more than one occasion!
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Victor Gentile
Christa Parrish in her new book “Stones For Bread” published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Liesl McNamara.

From the back cover: A solitary artisan. A legacy of bread-baking. And one secret that could collapse her entire identity.

Liesl McNamara’s life can be described in one word: bread. From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends e
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Marianne
Learning about Liesl was fascinating. I also loved how Christa brought in not only Liesl's history as a child and what incidents and thoughts made her into the woman she is today, but also some of the history of bread from ancient times. The way Liesl makes her bread is captivating...using live yeast instead of the commercial type, and the experimenting she does with her doughs. All of it is very different from the way today's bakeries do it. Her employees are not so much employees as they are ...more
Karen Korb
My Thoughts On The Book: This is a wonderfully well-written book about life, making bread, love, childhood stories, and love. I have been working with bread dough a lot the last 2 weeks, so I could easily relate to this story. As someone who began baking bread and experimenting with different flours and flavors for the first time last year I was drawn immediately to the book. I was delighted to get all the recipes for Leisl's breads. Leisl's life with bread was both a heartbreaking and a happy s ...more
Virginia
(My thoughts following.)
Christa Parrish is celebrating her fourth novel, Stones for Bread, with a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway.

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Becky Doughty
Christa's voice was one of the first I read in Christian fiction last year, after a looooong forage into what the world had on its bookshelves. What I heard in her words, what I read between the lines, was that there were others out there like me who wanted to read about God and His personal interest in our lives in more tangible and relevant ways than what the Christian fiction industry had to offer thus far. Since reading that book (The Air We Breathe), I'm happy to say that I've discovered ma ...more
Jalynn Patterson
About the Book:

What do you do when the gift you thought was bread turns out to be stones?
Liesl McNamara’s Wild Rise is not only a popular bakehouse and café in Vermont, it’s an extension of herself. Liesl is an artisan bread maker, like her mother and grandmother before her. Even though she lost her mother to suicide when she was eleven, she keeps this maternal bond alive as she bakes.
Liesl prides herself on living an uncomplicated, unattached life. But that changes when Seamus walks through the
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Amy Bradsher
Stones for Bread is no standard sandwich loaf. It's not even your typical artisan style, but this book is a slice above from the very first page until the last. With three stories happening at once, each mingling together in every chapter, Parrish writes in a style rarely seen today.

Liesl's present is directly influenced by her past, and so each chapter opens with a piece of that. Parrish then moves you into the history of bread, which is followed by a recipe and then by what's happening in Lie
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Kathleen
Stones For Bread is a poignant story that follows the generational legacy of bread making in Liesl McNamara's family that began with her grandmother, passed down to her mother, then on to her. It is a story that interweaves the fond childhood memories of baking bread with her grandmother and mother, with the tragic moments that occur in her life, and through it all bread has been the bonding element in Liesl's life. Now as an adult Liesl's world consists of everything bread as the owner/baker of ...more
Deborah
A solitary artisan. A legacy of bread-baking. And one secret that could collapse her entire identity.

Liesl McNamara’s life can be described in one word: bread. From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.

But the simple life she has cultivated is becoming quite complicated
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Chelsey
Christa Parrish brings readers a book that is absolutely lyrical, magical, and completely unlike anything I have ever read. In this book we have multiple stories going on at once, and they are all magically woven together. Liesl’s present is being influenced by things that have happened to her in her past and this is how the story is told. The book also includes some of the most mouthwatering recipes between stories of Liesl’s past and present. Liesl is an artisan bread maker just like her mothe ...more
Beth His handmaiden
Liesl McNamara is consumed with her bakery and her bread. It is her life! She doesn't need anything else to complete her, or so she thinks. Then by random circumstance she meets a divorced bachelor and his six year old daughter Cecelia, and her life begins to take a different turn.
Being around Seamus and Cecelia make her feel more complete then she has ever felt hiding away in her bakery, guarding her heart and her future from any harm. But then she receives an offer that is everything she has a
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Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of four novels and founder of Breaking the Sea Ministries. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, pastor and writer Chris Coppernoll, and they have four children in their blended family. When not writing, she is creative director of Concentric, a contemporary "arts-based" worship service, co-leads her church's youth ministry, and produces a week ...more
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