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Broken Bread: How to Stop Using Food and Fear to Fill Spiritual Hunger

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Food was no longer a means of division—no longer a curtain. The curtain had become a tablecloth, and the table was laid with Christ the son.

Ever notice how much time Jesus spent around a table? If he wasn’t sharing a meal with others, he was handing out free meals.  

If Jesus called himself the “bread of life,” why is it that our relationship with food is so complicat
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Harvest House Publishers (first published June 2020)
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Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was unlike anything I've ever read and a perfect book to start 2021!

Dillehay's words were very challenging as they poke and prod at the heart of how we eat--not specifically what we choose to eat. When we examine our relationship with food-given to us by God through the lens of faith- what we eat, who we eat it with, and how we eat it will be impacted. I needed to hear this expounded on and you do too!
Valerie Kyriosity
I was really looking forward to this one and really hoping and expecting to like it. So I'm really bummed that I can't give it an enthusiastic review. There were some strong points, particularly the author's testimony of God's grace to her in overcoming sin in her relationship with food. Weaknesses included a failure to define terms (she seemed to treat gluttony as a synonym for overeating most of the time, but not always, which isn't careful enough) and whiffing it on some exegetical stuff (I s ...more
Hannah Brown
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was phenomenal! Mrs. Dillehay's writing is theologically sound, rich, and never shies away from difficult topics. She explores nearly all possible facets of how we relate to food and how we SHOULD relate to it as Christians. Highly recommend! ...more
Mandy Keel
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My first book of 2021, and man did I need this. This book revealed to me idols I didn't even fully realize I had. I'm thankful, convicted, and encouraged. I've purchased the hard copy to have on hand to refer back to as I continue to battle and kill the idols I've made out of food/health. ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
On the positive: the first few chapters with the four food poles were helpful and original. Overall the book is practical, applicable, relatable, and modern. It helped pinpoint some of my sinful food idols and helped me think through some of the modern problems we face with hospitality in our current food culture.

Negative: Chapters 4-11 seemed to be lifted straight from The Supper of the Lamb (with some credit given). As a person who feels a very deep connection with that book, this book frustr
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a combination of memoir on how the author dealt with her food issues and an exploration of the spiritual nature of food and the influence of sin and man made rules on it. Along the way we are invited to have a whole new appreciation and enjoyment of food.

It's a thought provoking book. Dillehay has critical opinions of many popular Christian authors pushing “biblical” diets or some other “Christian” food fad. She invites us to find the real sin behind the sin related to food. She inv
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing

What a deep book.

Tilly Dillehay has knocked it out of the park with this one.

This book isn't an easy read at all. Tilly uses Broken Bread to take you on a journey of self examination in regards to your relationship with food and how that affects your behavior and relationships with others.

From turning food into an idol, the sin of gluttony, using food as a comfort and then into looking forward to the Supper of the Lamb, this book leads you through many ways that food is used by us in our
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
~2.75/5 - in short, I am very particular about my Christian books and how they exegete Scripture. :)

Broken Bread by Tilly Dillehay offers a helpful primer on how food intersects with the Christian life. The first four chapters on the food poles were a breath of fresh air when it came to the theology of food. By way of the intersection between food and 'religious' history, I become more aware of potential sin in my life reading about asceticism, gluttony, snobbery (and the one that I always forg
Jennie Sheppard
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I bought this to read as part of a book club, but it was delayed beyond me being able to participate. I read through it myself and found that I couldn't put it down. This book is not at all what I expected, which would have been another how-to-treat-your-body-like-a-temple book by a Christian author. Instead, what I found it to be was a complete exposé of the human obsession with making idols out of creation instead of worshipping the Creator. Wonderfully thought- provoking. Recommend to anyone ...more
Becca Tillotson
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, deeply scriptural, and so wonderfully practical. A definite reread.
Abitofathinker Lewis
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Tilly Dillehay, for a much-needed book on the theology of food. The Christian communities are far too subject to worldly, unscriptural food regimes. These pages reveal a gorgeously crafted, deeply biblical framework to think about what we put in our bodies.

This is clearly written to women, but I still really enjoyed it. Great book.
Amy Solomon
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was such a great book! It was insightful and convicting. I read it from the library but I’m going to purchase it and reference back to it.
Jana Grote
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! It has really changed the way I view food! I love Tully’s writing! This book inspires me to cook and serve using food!
Karah Carpenter
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
“God cares much more about how we eat than what we eat.”

I’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food for the majority of my life. I’ve bounced between gluttony and restriction for as long as I can remember. It’s only been in the last year that I believe I’ve TRULY found freedom from food addiction and realized that most of my problems were fueled by shame.

So when this book popped up, I was excited to read it because seemingly so little literature exists on the topic, especially in Christian ci
Marvy Herrera
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from Harvest Publishers, via NetGalley. This review is my opinion.

Food, we all love and need it. But how as Christian we need to behave in front of this?. Telly Delahey opens up and talks from the first person of her own difficulties with food from a young age. I like how the book is structured, I must say I have never considered that the view we have of food has a deeper and profound meaning. She mentions four types of people: ascetic, and I know many can relate to this espec
Laura Langley
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In her book Broken Bread, Tilly Dillehay addresses food struggles and issues in a biblical but unique manner. Her viewpoint is surprising and refreshing in a culture that is obsessed with special diets like Keto, sans gluten, the Maker's Diet, and so on.

Honest about her own past and present struggles, Dillehay guides readers to look at food diffrently, addressing four main food sins she sees in the church, which she calls the four food poles--asceticism, gluttony, snobbery, and apathy. Be forewa
Apr 16, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm always interested in reading more about what God's word says regarding food/nutrition and how to navigate these culturally-confusing waters so I may have had high hopes for this book. But I found the author gives too many generalizations and oftentimes contradicts herself. Example: Should she point out that it's embarrassing for a woman to bring her own food to an event (not knowing the reason behind that) while at the same time recommending that Christians be patient with those who have die ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Broken Bread is described in its subtitle as "how to stop using food and fear to fill spiritual hunger". I was excited to read a Christian perspective on the use of food as a spiritual/emotional crutch, and there were some thought-provoking (and sometimes convicting) statements which I will examine in my own life in regards to asceticism, gluttony, snobbery, and apathy.

My problem with Broken Bread is that it left me feeling more confused about how to stop using food as a crutch rather than provi
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I always get excited when I learn about a Christian book addressing aspects of food, dieting, and body image that aren’t usually talked about. Broken Bread was an excellent read. The first section of the book, which looked at different approaches to food, was my favorite; I wish the author had expanded on these things a little more. The second part of the book touched on different food-related things like hospitality, cooking, etc. Some of these chapters seemed a little disjointed; the travel ch ...more
Leya Delray
May 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you've been looking for a book that will help you figure out how a Christian should think about food, you will love this book.

Tilly Dillehay does a wonderful job digging into this subject, exposing the good, the bad, and the downright ugly ways that human beings interact with food. She artfully weaves together narrative of her own personal food experiences (including fad diets and bulimia, but also wonderful glimpses of how food can bring people together, even across cultures/languages) with
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book! I have always had a difficult time in dealing with food issues and spiritual issues concerning food. Guilt and shame have always been a big part of that.

Tilly Dillehay takes on all of this in this book.

I loved how she portrayed Jesus as the bread of life and that many of the things he did were surrounded by food. She helps us see that there is compassion for those of us who struggle and the way she writes it is just wonderful. One thing she said that really struck me w
Zaneta Edey
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a real eye-opener. It gives us a new way of looking at how we see food and the whole dieting fad. I absolutely love how Tilly showed us through scripture how God cares for our health. This is not something that is often spoken of are taught in Christian settings or churches, but is very, very much needed in today’s society where diets and image are the focus focus of many people. Tilly shows us how we are go deeper in worship to God with our bodies. Broken Bread causes us to reflect ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book although not as well as her first book. I found the first 4 chapters about the ditches we fall into with food accurate, insightful and helpful in our current culture. We are a culture "whose God is their belly." I would highly recommend the book on the first four chapters alone. The second half of the book was good too, but for some reason I struggled to get into it as much. It could be a busy season of like for me and that's not the author's fault!
One thing that I really appr
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found this book challenging and insightful, bringing up important thoughts for today’s food-fixated culture. It was a good check to my own thinking and health journey. Theologically rich, applicable, well articulated. The first half is five stars to me.

As is often the case with current Christian nonfiction, I found the first half of the book to be the best and most meaty part. The second half felt a bit more disjointed and “rabbit-trailly” to me, as it focused on much more specific topics. I
Linda Murphy
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, but I find it very difficult to explain. It's not a diet book, although it discusses dieting. Tilly tries to steer us away from being food snobs, gluttons, or from becoming apathetic about what we eat. Instead, she reminds us that God has given us all things (including food) to richly enjoy! Yes, we are to care for our bodies, but food cannot save us.

The author also touches on hospitality, learning to cook, body image, wine, fasting, international cuisine, and the Lord's Supp
Michelle Castaneda
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Broken Bread by Tilly Dillehay is a book that deals with a Christian's problems with food. I was intrigued by the premise of this book and hoping to find a book that takes the problem, dissects it, and leaves the reader full of hope. I did not find that. Instead, I found a careful examination of the problem and a lot of assertions of what God is saying Christians should do. I did not find a lot of hope here. I did not find much to draw from at all. I received a digital copy of this book from the ...more
Alexandra Medina
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
As someone who wouldn't categorize herself as a person with "food issues," I didn't expect to get much out of this book. I was pleasantly surprised by how meaty (ha!) it was. Tilly explores where our food issues stem from and how to address them biblically. I enjoyed her anecdotes and her research, and she gave me a lot to think about.

One takeaway was how we let our food preferences interfere with our hospitality and fellowship, and how we make them into large parts of our identities. Others sho
Dawn Stoddard
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book has two different parts.
Part one is fantastic- challenging the many views we adopt toward food. Discussing the many forms of bondage that comes from attaching righteousness to our eating. There is a lot of REALLY good food for thought here for the Christian.
Part two is worth a skim for the ideas of hospitality around food (think Rosaria Butterfield) however, it ironically makes food such a descriptive focus that it works against the stated purpose. Even so, part one had some game ch
Leah Workman
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have nothing to compare this book to. Nothing like anything I've ever read. I almost didn't read it because I don't feel like I use food to fill spiritual hunger, but I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast Tilly did with Abigail Dodds and wanted to read her work anyway. What she says in this book is applicable to so much more than just food and I so appreciate the book recommendations at the end of each chapter. Well done, and thank you very much Mrs. Dillehay. ...more
Cristie Underwood
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
The author really made you think about your relationship with food when you read this one. You couldn't just look for bits of advice in it, you actually had to reflect on what you read and figure out how it fits into your personal relationship with food. I am not a religious person, so I was hesitant about finding this useful, but the approach was original and it made a lot of sense! ...more
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“Maybe we don’t know much about food. Maybe we do. Maybe we are a cheerful follower of the newest final word on nutrition, or maybe we are cheerfully feeding our children out of the frozen meal section at Save-A-Lot. But whatever we eat, we are largely dependent on other people for our ingredients and our information. We may feel that we’re taking charge of our destinies by following a low-inflammation diet, but we are getting our ideas from fallible people. We may feel like we’re cultivated and discriminating consumers who only go for the best, but we are probably just choosing items that have been chosen for us—that the great machine of food industry picked out via consumer trials 15 months ago. And there’s no problem with this. It’s just that we shouldn’t forget it.” 0 likes
“1. You are responsible for what you know, but you can’t know everything. In general, our tendency today is to take too much responsibility for things that are outside our control (i.e., the precise sourcing of every product that enters our homes), and too little responsibility for things that we’re very much responsible for (i.e., our hearts, our tongues, etc.). So, if you release some of that low-grade guilt you might carry over all the stuff you should be doing that you can’t do, the stuff you should be reading about that you can’t read about, it may free you up to take responsibility for what you know (i.e., your duty to love and serve your neighbor and do it joyfully).” 0 likes
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