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The Spirituality of Wine

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In this book Gisela Kreglinger offers a fresh, holistic vision of the Christian life that sees God at work in all created things, including vineyards, the work of vintners, and the beauty of well-crafted wine shared with others around a table. Kreglinger begins by examining wine in the Bible, in the history of the church, and in the Lord’s Supper, and these reflections cul ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 21st 2016 by Eerdmans (first published April 11th 2016)
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Tony Reinke
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is loaded with interesting tidbits about life on a vineyard and puts words to the subtleties of wine flavors. It excels in pointing out how wine is the driving metaphor of the biblical joy language, and the book is beautifully written. But what seems to be a latent universalism pokes through here and there, which may explain why the author fails to fully develop the wine metaphor of God’s active wrath on evil, and the curious absence of key texts like Jeremiah 25:15 and Revelation 14:1 ...more
Jeff Short
This is a fascinating book. Too many of us have giving too little thought and study about what the Bible says about wine. Regardless of what side of the issue of drinking wine you are on, it can't be denied that wine is a prevalent theme in Scripture, which needs honest treatment. I disagreed with some of the theology and philosophy in this book, but the biblical passages treated in the book were handled fairly well. The historical and contemporary milieu of winemaking sections in the book were ...more
Becky Pliego
Beautiful in many ways. I loved it.

Note: Because Gisela Kreglinger is a Lutheran and I am not, I found myself disagreeing with her views on the Eucharist; however, I was able to reap some good fruit from that chapter in her book.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: church-history
Part one is an excellent investigation of wine in the scriptures and the spiritual life. The material is fascinating and engaging. Recommended for anyone interested in how the Bible or the church speaks of/uses wine.

Part two looks at wine itself: the use of technology, health benefits, and abuses. This part could have been more streamlined, but is still quite informative.

Overall, a worthwhile read for how wine was used in the spiritual life of the church and how this element may breathe new li
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It does drag a bit at times, being longer than it needs to be. But overall it is a fun read, seeing the connections between viticulture and spiritual theology.
Arthur George
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Albeit from a fairly narrow perspective, this is a well written and useful book by an author who grew up in a winemaking family in Germany and who also has a graduate degree in biblical studies, so she is fluent with the biblical material relating to wine, vineyards, etc. The author is a committed Christian, and the discussion of the book is limited to being within a faith-based, Christian framework. Since I'm a biblical studies geek, I liked reading that discussion insofar as it went, and agree ...more
Jeri Bidinger
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting topic, and I'm glad for this book. I appreciated learning something of the history of winemaking, as well as the history of wine's role in the church. The author, however, overstates the case for wine's spiritual value and centrality in biblical thought, making it of far greater significance that it is. She is repetitive with her themes and central points, so that I ended up doing a lot of skimming of material that had been discussed again and again. At times, she comes across as ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A rather lovely, and as far as I am aware, unique book written from a unique perspective. Gisela Kreglinger comes from a centuries-old established family of German vintners and Lutherans. She is able to provide theological perspective alongside expertise. Her enthusiasm for the grape is infectious and her treatment of the Wedding at Cana allowed me to see a whole new aspect to this, sometimes baffling, story.

She writes in her second language (an achievement in itself!) and her prose can feel a l
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the first couple of chapters where Kreglinger was delving in the scriptures in relationship to wine. These chapters really engaged my theological wonderment and I'm looking forward to doing some further exegetical work in this area. I also greatly appreciated the chapter in the second half of the book that addressed substance abuse.
Unfortunately, there was much repetition of ideas throughout the book that needed to be waded through to get to the fresh ideas.
This is certainly a b
Timothy Hall
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brings a perspective to spiritual formation helps to recover the grateful enjoyment of food and drink from the gnostic embarrassment with which Christians have typically approached it. It’s common to find people attributing heightened spiritual sensitivity to walks in the woods, but much less common to hear of this in the context of the dinner table, even though Jesus himself made a meal his central sacrament. Much to appreciate here. Several portions of chapter 10 seem to me to strain the inter ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible-study, religion
Exhaustively researched, footnoted and delivered, this is the definitive textbook on the subject. Pro: deep and insightful. Con: it's a textbook. Still, that's not so bad. This title was used in our church small group, supplemented with another title that I can't remember. Talking about this book was more fun than reading it - a lot of fun, actually. ...more
Joe Schrock
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting look at the role wine plays in both spirituality and daily life throughout the Bible as well as through the ages until today. Wine truly is a part of both the Jewish and Christian DNA, and in our relationship with God/each other.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
If you would like to learn more about vineyards look no further than this wonderful compilation of information and insight.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
More then I wanted it know but thoroughly researched.
Phil Aud
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
What do you get when you mix a theologian and a woman who is from a long line of vintner’s? A very fascinating book. Gisela Kreglinger’s book is a carefully researched and detailed account of wine’s role in scripture, culture, and the church. I really can’t imagine the research that went into this book as it is a wealth of historical knowledge. Kreglinger begins by exploring wine through both the First and New Testament. She then moves through history exploring people like Cyprian, Irenaeus, and ...more
M Christopher
A helpful and thought-provoking book, I've already gifted two couples of my acquaintance who are winemakers with their own copies. Gisela Kreglinger is uniquely qualified to write this book having grown up in the German vineyards from which her family has made wine for several generations and having studied theology at the graduate level. The book is written in two parts: part one, a survey of the Biblical witness on wine; and, part two, the observations of current winemakers, both Old World and ...more
Dwight Davis
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing and creative book. Kreglinger takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of wine ranging from the use of wine in scripture to a history of wine in the church to an overview of wine throughout the world finishing out with an engagement on alcohol abuse and wine as soul care. This is a remarkable book, one that challenged me to think more deeply about my own consumption of wine. Kreglinger argues persuasively against the commercialization of cheap, sweet, mass produced wines only made fo ...more
Norbert Haukenfrers
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I can't believe wasn't written years ago. Filled with biblical understanding, scientific research, agricultural insight and the joys and challenges of wine. In short, if you are wondering if wine has a role to play in faithful Christian living, or just merely enjoy a great glass of wine read The Spirituality of Wine. You may be surprised, I was. ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good read with alot of history of wine making, cultural norms throughout the centuries in Europe and US. Very encouraging to understand the spiritual traditions of wine both within and outside of scripture. Only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because I thought it was a bit too detailed for me in places.
Donald Hartley
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book. So much relevant data and emphasis on creation theology. It is a good corrective to what may be regarded as a docetic spirituality in Christianity. I plan on writing a detailed review of this book. In the meantime, consider this an enthusiastic endorsement of Dr. Kreglinger's work. ...more
April Christine
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
repetitive, yet insightful
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