40 Loaves: Book Review & Giveaway


As much as I would like to say that my life is characterized completely by concrete, definitive, no-fail answers (and yes, I always enjoyed math in school because it had absolute answers), I have to admit that my heart and my mind are often plagued instead by questions. Questions like…

  • Why do I have such a complaining spirit?
  • Why am I so dependent on order in my life?
  • Why do I always feel exhausted?
  • Why don’t I have more faith?

Those are honest questions I’ve asked myself. But they’re also questions from C.D. Baker’s new book, 40 Loaves.

40loavesIn 40 Loaves, Baker tackles forty questions — questions that, if we’re honest, we’ve all wrestled with, at least occasionally. Yet they are questions that “we’re not supposed to ask when playing by the religious rules. It makes people uncomfortable.” I agree — it often seems that in Christian circles, we are expected to just not have these kinds of questions. We’re supposed to have it all together. And if we don’t, we should at least act like we have it all together. Right?


Maybe that’s why I found 40 Loaves to be so refreshing. There was no act, no facade. It’s just honest. And it addresses a number of questions that — while it may be embarrassing to admit — I struggle with.

In each chapter, the author introduces the key question for that chapter with an anecdote or personal experience. He explores how the question affects the way we live, and why & how we might struggle with it. And he reminds us of important truths that should impact our struggle: God’s grace, God’s word, what it means to be forgiven, what it means to follow Him. The chapters close with some “Food for thought” — questions to ask yourself if you want to explore the topic more deeply — and a short prayer.

You might want to check out 40 Loaves on Amazon.com — where you can read the first couple chapters to get a feel for its structure and approach, and read the reviews it’s been getting.

40 Loaves shouldn’t be used as a replacement for your personal Bible study. But I do think it makes a nice accompaniment to your study. Read one chapter/question per day, or one per week. Take in a few chapters on a day when uncertainty seems to abound. The nice thing about 40 Loaves is that it reminds you that it’s okay to have questions (we all do!) — and that there are answers available as we seek God.

Now I have a question for you: would you like to receive a copy of 40 Loaves by C.D. Baker? Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing provided me with my review copy, but they also sent me an additional copy to give away to one of you! If you’d like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment on this post. Because Christmas is right around the corner, I’ll leave this giveaway open until Sunday, December 27th. I’ll draw a winner that evening, and announce the winner here on Monday, December 28th. U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses only, please.


  1. This sounds like a very interesting book! I like reading something that might challenge me.

  2. Thanks, this book does sound good. :) Merry Christmas!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful devotional, Katrina. Please enter me.

  4. Enter me too please, I have read a few reviews of this book lately and everyone had great things to say about it!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. :)

  5. I thought it was a recipe book until I read your post. I am most intrigued now and would love to enter to win please. Thank you and Happy holidays!

  6. I would love to win this book.

  7. as I was reading your description I was thinking “I hope she has a giveway.

  8. I would love to win this book. It sounds intriguing.

  9. This sounds like a great book. I’d love to win a copy!
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  10. This *does* sound good! Thank you for this chance to win it!

  11. I would LOVE to win this.
    I am just beginning to get more into the Bible and would really enjoy this.
    I am reading the Psalms and am finding it such a blessing to put `my` name when it says `I` or `me` etc…
    Thank you for this giveaway
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  12. this sounds like a wonderful devotional.

  13. This sounds like a great book!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  14. This sounds good. :)

  15. I’m always ready for an interesting devotional, this sounds really good. Include me please. Thanks!

  16. I’ve been struggling with some of these very questions for a few months now, to the point where I’ve turned away from the Church in an effort to figure out just what I truly believe. This sounds like this book would be both helpful and timely. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

  17. I love books that challenge my thinking. Please enter me!

  18. Sharon Walling says:

    This sounds like something I should read. Please enter me.

    Thanks for the chance.

    Merry Christmas to all


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