We live in a mass-produced world. Everyone of us can feel it. Lots of plastic, cookie-cutter stores and the need to be trendy. Not only is that the case, but we are often judged (and judge ourselves) on the things that we buy. Do you ever feel a discontent with that? I know that I do.
That’s where John J. Thompson’s Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate: Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass-Market World comes in. He acknowledges that all around us the church is dying…Instead of an authentic faith, many of us are settling for a mass-market, mega-church shallow spirituality. Thompson here has a total cultural indictment against our mass-market industrial revolution culture and a deep longing for the handcrafted artistry that was so much a hallmark of times past.
Along the way of making his case, Thompson dips deep into the memoirs of his personal faith and of the people who he comes in contact with. I think that Thompson’s primary thesis, that you can’t mass produce faith is true. However, as a type A personality, sometimes I have trouble in this book keeping his thread of thought as a thesis for faith-based living. Far too often, I got lost in the threads of baking, chocolate and beer-making, instead of focusing on Jesus.
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