For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World

Convergent. May 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780593135570. $25. REL
Scott, a Lutheran pastor and founder of the Brooklyn-based congregation St. Lydia’s Dinner Church, explores the power of communal worship meals in this memoir. At St. Lydia’s, she began a “dinner church” without funding or a congregation. During those first eight years, the struggles and lessons the parishioners learn transformed the author herself. In her words, “this is a story about how bread, broken and passed from hand to hand, rescued me from my aloneness.” Throughout, Scott explores vignettes of real life shared over meals that bring hope, healing, and most of all, connectedness in a fractured world, as St. Lydia’s itself becomes a place fighting first for survival and then for social justice. Scott finishes the book recounting her departure from St. Lydia’s Brooklyn “to travel an unknown path” that includes the memories and friendships formed over broken bread.
VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy Nadia Bolz-Weber, Anne Lamott, or Brian McClaren. A thought-provoking and inspiring memoir that reflects real-life frustrations and fears, while hope ultimately prevails in the end.

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