Guest / Limited Access /
Happy Meals
Happy Meals

"Eating with joy means accepting food as God's gift …. It means choosing food … that affirms a flourishing life for the land, for the animals and for the people that bring us our food. It means eating food with others in ways that lead to our mutual health and flourishing. And it means embracing our creativity as people made in the image of the Creator God to prepare food in ways that celebrate God's gift while bringing enjoyment to all our senses."

So writes Rachel Marie Stone in her debut book, Eat With Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food (InterVarsity Press)—but Stone hasn't always eaten with joy. For 10 years she struggled with an eating disorder "only slightly more dramatic than the eating disorder that most North Americans have." Today, however, she's a joyful wife, mother, gardener, meal-maker, and writer—often about food.

Writer LaVonne Neff corresponded with Stone about connecting with God, his creation, and his people through the way we eat.

You've written that your decade-long fear of food was tied to your theology. What changed your attitude?

For many Americans, food is connected to morality. Menus describe chocolate desserts as "sinful," and labels describe healthier choices as "guilt-free." People speak of being "bad" when they've broken their chosen dietary rules and "good" when they haven't. I believed that keeping my weight down and my intake "pure" was crucial to keeping the rest of my life ordered and in check. I believed this meant not caring about food—or pleasure—very much, that apathy toward food, except as healthy fuel for the tank, was what pleased God. ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Also in this IssueThe Love Shack
Subscriber Access Only The Love Shack
William Paul Young explains the theology behind his best-selling novels and why he's no longer at war with himself.
RecommendedHow a Man of the Coasts and Cities Found Christ
How a Man of the Coasts and Cities Found Christ
My story of ditching hypocritical religion and secular hedonism for the joys of true discipleship.
TrendingResearch Says: Young People Don't Want Hip Pastors
Research Says: Young People Don't Want Hip Pastors
A study of 250 congregations suggests that youth and young adults want substance rather than style.
Editor's PickOld Hollywood’s Abortion Secret
Old Hollywood’s Abortion Secret
What a culture of death tells us about a culture of life.
%%var.bookTitle%%
Eat with Joy: Redeeming God's Gift of Food
IVP Books
2013-03-01
208 pp., $11.66
Buy %%var.bookTitle%% from Amazon
Christianity Today
Happy Meals
hide thisMarch March

In the Magazine

March 2013

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.