Pure Food for the Soul
David Brazzeal’s Pray Like a Gourmet was a pleasant surprise. The book uses the metaphor of food and the variety of food options available to a gourmet chef or connoisseur of fine foods as a metaphor for prayer. It spells out concrete practices and exercises that can help a person re-energize his or her prayer life; however, it is not a cookbook or list of simplistic, pat recipes. Instead Brazzeal suggests prayer practices and encourages the reader like a true gourmet chef to make these prayer suggestions his or her own. He encourages the reader to expand his or her “prayer palette” and “learn the joy of creatively feeding [one’s] own soul” (Brazzeal, p. 8).
The book is well-organized and clear. It is divided into three sections roughly corresponding to an introduction and reflection on Brazzeal’s personal experience, the middle which deals with various styles of prayer, and a conclusion with a reflection on prayer as influenced by daily routine, creativity, and culture. Brazzeal’s reflections and anecdotes are interspersed along with references to source material which makes for meaty content and a pleasant conversational flow to the text.
The illustrations are well done for the most part. At times the color scheme was visually challenging when reading this on an iPad or tablet. I like the varied fonts used in the text for accent and visual effect. However, I would suggest using different colors or a bolder color, such as dark green or blue for ease of reading, rather than the light orange that is frequently used for accented text. However, all in all the book is well-organized, well written, and very creative. This book offers much to digest for individual readers, and it would also be a great resource for those involved in ministry as it offers creative suggestions that can be incorporated into group prayer. It is an easy read and a book that one would return to again and again. Brazzeal’s Pray Like a Gourmet is pure soul food!
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