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Bread upon the Waters : A Pilgrimage Toward Self-Discovery and Spiritual Truth Hardcover – 17 Dec 1999


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It is an age-old recipe--grain, yeast and spirit--and author Peter Reinhart knows how to blend these ingredients well. In fact, Reinhart has been fermenting this particular loaf of wisdom for years. On a world-wide level he is known as a master baker and author of the award-winning cookbook Crust and Crumb. On another (but equally important) level he is a spiritual pilgrim who finally planted his roots in the Christ the Saviour Brotherhood, an Eastern Orthodox service order.

In this well-written memoir Reinhart demonstrates how a journey to God follows the same rules as the baking of bread. For example, you must have all the right tools to begin. In one case the tools may include meditation and affirmative prayer, in the other they may include baking parchment and spatulas. (Although Reinhart is now in an Orthodox Christian order, his voice and quest could easily appeal to any spiritual orientation.) Like Like Water for Chocolate Reinhart also inserts bread recipes into each chapter as he shares his hard-earned spiritual maturity and personal story. As a result, his stories, wisdom and bread recipes are more easily understood, savoured and digested. --Gail Hudson


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Take THIS Bread 12 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book uses the unique analogy of the stages of baking bread and the stages of faith. I don't bake, but found the stories fun and insightful. It is another example of how many ways we can see God in this world. How many different paths will lead to the Creator. One works with one has. What Peter Reinhart has is an in-depth understanding and passion for baking bread. He has cleverly combined the spiritual journey for himself and for us. Rising, punching down, resting, proofing, etc. I liked the book. It added insight spiritually and inspired me to try baking bread. A miracle indeed!
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Epiphany 31 July 2007
By javajunkie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is soooo good, I can't hardly stand it. Combining my culinary passions and my spiritual yearnings and pursuits, it is so full of "aha" moments, moments of challenge and encouragement - to use his words, for me, an "epiphany." Likening the baking of bread, in all its stages, for the spiritual life - all I can say is its a pity its out of print, and I will likely be buying several of these out of print copies to give away. Mine is already full of highlights, and I am even journaling what I am learning. And I had his "Struan" recipe in there, too - the bread that put him on the map, so to speak, with Brother Junipers. Cant recommend enough, or THANK Peter Reinhart enough for this book. This man is no mere "bread baker," but a man full of wisdom and depth. I hope I shall meet him one day.
MASTER BAKER-MASTER WRITER 30 Sep 2014
By Michael P. Gates - Published on Amazon.com
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PETER REINHART DID IT AGAIN. HIS FIRST BOOK, AND HE STILL CRANKS OUT MORE. HE TRULY IS A MASTER.
HOPING TO SAVE ENOUGH TO TAKE ONE OF HIS COURSES AT JOHNSON AND WALES. IT'S ON MY BUCKET LIST.
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Going Deeper 11 Aug 2005
By A Reader from the Midwest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a thoroughly enjoyable memoir. Although I am not a big fan of extended metaphors, I found Reinhart's comparison of the stages of breadmaking to the stages of seeking God very effective. The recipes are a great inclusion and don't seem to require an overwhelming effort for the novice. The real gem in this book is the encouragement to go deeper, whether that be into an art like bread-making or into a spiritual path. Reinhart writes convincingly as a man who has done both.
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A great read 17 Mar 2008
By Paul K. Penney - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is a great read and allows yourself to ask questions like .... how did I get where I am spiritually ....

Peter has lived a very interesting life ....
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