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Imagine that prayer could be like savoring a fine French meal - a flow of engaging courses featuring creative recipes, infusing all your senses, and enticing a return for more. Is it possible? Yes! “Creative” doesn’t actually do this book justice. David Brazzeal stirs together a love of French dining and his innovative prayer practices with a dash of international adventur ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2015 by Paraclete Press
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Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever sat down for multi-course gourmet meal? Beyond the typical four-course, western meal (appetizer, salad, main course, dessert), the most courses I've enjoyed in one sitting was eight or nine courses at a Chinese wedding reception. Each dish was more flavorful than the last. A culinary delight, pure pleasure, a picture of heaven. But our ordinary fare is not like this. We eat fast food we picked up on the go, never sitting down to savor our food or the relationships around the table, ...more
Christopher  Julian
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David takes the simplicity of gospel and makes it come alive in a most imaginative way. Using metaphors of food, he leads the reader through practices of prayer and time with God that enrich our relationship with the Father. Pray Like a Gourmet is written for the seasoned follower of Jesus but also for those who are new to the faith. I was thrilled to be able to read an advanced copy. I absolutely recommend this book to you who want to deepen their faith.
Fr. River
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good introduction to meditation, to entering into a relationship with the mystery of God . It is a gentle, readable and kind guide to prayer. In fact it is to easy, to gentle. Prayer is a relationship with a "wild, restless God", and the God presented here is one who has been placed in the tabernacle. The God introduced here is a domesticated God. But over all it is is an introduction that can lead one into a relationship with God.. ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rich resource!
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really wasn't expecting to like this one, I don't even remember why I requested it, other than maybe a vague "Jesus is your jam, food is your jam, you can't not request this book" knee-jerk. For one thing, the title. It rhymes! What's that about?? Also, book-long metaphors hardly ever hold up: they look good for two chapters, and by the halfway point you're ready to throw the book through the nearest window. The book arrived, and there were all these colors and different fonts... Oh, it was go ...more
Patricia Mckenna
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Prayer is relationship. It is important to spend time enhancing our relationship with God. We can get in a rut in any relationship and can need a refresh. Pray like a Gourmet is definitely refreshing. I was initially concerned about the association with food. If you think about it though, food is one of our basic needs like love and relationship, so we can all relate easily to this analogy. I like the mix of traditional and creative prayers with a simple or complex mode according to your wants a ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David Brazzeal's Pray Like a Gourmet: Creative Ways to Feed Your Soul is so much like a fine meal -- full of new treats and future relishes in the Christian spiritual life of prayer. Brazzeal offers a number of "prayer recipes" from his own experiences. He describes many simple prayer activities designed to help one break out of his or her prayer-time rut. Throughout the process, the author encourages the reader to live with gratitude and to take note of the world in which we live. Not since Ric ...more
Deborah Martinez
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it

I picked-up this book at the library this weekend, and finished it in 2.5 days time. I thought it sounded interesting, as it is about two things I love, Jesus and Food. Using metaphors of food, Brazzeal discusses different practices of prayer and time spent with God and how to enhance your prayer life. It definitely had some creative ideas, some that I will be trying out, and some that were a bit off the wall in my opinion. It was a decent read overall, and if you are in need of improving your p
April Yamasaki
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Using the metaphor of food for prayer, author David Brazzeal wrote this book to help readers re-imagine prayer in the same way that living in France and sampling French food has changed his own understanding of prayer. Throughout his book, Brazzeal gives readers a taste of different ways of praying. He includes ancient practices like lectio divina and the Jesus Prayer, but I found myself most drawn to his other creative ways of praying. See my review How to Get More Life in Your Prayer Life. ...more
Davyd Gosselin
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book is a glorious 12-course meal, part recipe book and part inspiration. I would recommend it to anyone whose food intake has become bland, processed or limited to rote. David will definitely kick start your taste buds.
Stefanie Kellum
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
This refreshingly unique read has some wonderfully creative ideas for prayer that I will definitely try out. :)

*I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.
Jenna Smith
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian-authors
This book was wonderful.
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Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prayer
A great collection of examples of different prayer types, and activities to spice up your prayer. Of course, they are instruments, not ends in themselves. But they could be especially useful for a group retreat.
John B. MacDonald
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
The word ‘gourmet’ should bring to mind a person with a discerning palate who enjoys fine dining.

David Brazzeal successfully employs the metaphor of a gourmet with the activity of praying. I acknowledge the title of the book is actually a simile.

Brazzeal has served with International Mission Board in Brazil, Guadeloupe, Quebec, and France where he now lives. His book confirms (23) what his website states: “he loves nudging those who are creative toward deeper spirituality and those who are spir
David Brazzeal
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you enjoy the book!

Oh, and visit the website.
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David Brazzeal makes his home in France where he enjoys warm baguettes from the boulangerie and fresh cheese from the marché. Since 1986 alongside his wife Sanan, David has worked with the International Mission Board in Brazil, Guadeloupe, Québec and France, playing a leading role in five innovative new churches. Whether writing poetry, creating guerrilla labyrinths, or electro-meditative music, h ...more

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