Stones For Bread by Christa Parrish

Stones For Bread

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Stones For Bread – Book Review

In a world filled with throw-away novels, it is a joy to find that rare gem of a book that makes you want to breathe in and savor every word an author writes.

That’s how I felt as I read Christa Parrish’s Stones For Bread – a book that, in essence, contains three stories beautifully woven into one.

Stones For Bread is the story of Liesl McNamara – an artisan baker who finds herself on an increasingly spiritual journey as she attempts to resolve the events of her life, past and present.

The first thread of the story takes place in the present day, where Liesl is the owner of the Wild Rise bakery – a place she dreamed of opening to pursue her passion in life – baking bread. She envisioned this as a place where she would work in solitude, exploring her passion – but life never quite turns out as planned. Before she knows it, the introspective Liesl finds herself surrounded by a shop full of employees who complicate her life in ways she could never imagine. Will Liesl withdraw or embrace the people who are becoming a part of her burgeoning community?

The second thread of the story takes us through a series of reflective flashbacks through Liesl’s childhood. There, we find memories that are both poignant and painful – and we find ghosts that continue to haunt her even to this day. Will Liesl be able to break free of her past to find the happiness she deserves? It’s a question that most of us can relate to, regardless of our circumstances.

The final thread of the story takes us on a journey through the history of bread. It’s a must-read for anyone who bakes bread and for anyone who loves bread! I found these interludes utterly fascinating – and I look forward to trying some of the wonderful recipes included in this book!

Stones For Bread is one of those books where the author never misses a beat – where every word is perfectly placed – where so many passages offer insight into the human spirit.

Here’s one of the many passages I marked as I was reading the book:

It’s grief, my mother says. All of it.

Placing the dustpan on the floor, she comes behind me and begins to move the broom, rocking me and sweeping broken bread all at the same time. I lean back against her. She hums and we sweep, and she tells me, It will come again, Liesl. Grief always does. And in the face of it, you’ll need to decide if you’ll step over the pieces and leave them to be trampled, or if you’ll gather them up for salvage.

If you love literary fiction and are looking for a wonderful book to curl up with, be sure to add Stones For Bread to your must-read list.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

About Christa Parrish

Christa Parrish

Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of three novels, including the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year Watch Over Me. When she’s not writing, she’s a home-school mother of three wonderful children. Married to author and pastor Chris Coppernoll, Christa serves with him as co-leader of their church’s youth ministry as well as serving as a facilitator for a divorce recovery ministry. She is now also slightly obsessed with the art of baking bread.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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  1. Alecia says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book to read. I am not normally a reader and when I do read a book, it is because it really grabs me. It sounds like this book would really grab me and keep me interested. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Brittnei says:

    You always share such interesting novels! This one definitely seems to be exactly as you say and I can see that and I haven’t read it before. Thanks for sharing this one with us at Countdown in Style, too!

  3. April says:

    I wish I could write as beautifully as you describe this book. Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!


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