We have all experienced hunger, whether it's a need for spiritual guidance or physical nutrition. Our hunger for Gods Word can benefit those needing material sustenance. Gods Word calls us to nourish the physically hungry and poor, just as it nourishes our faith and sustains us in our struggle for justice.
Hunger for the Wordexplores the Lectionary with a focus on anti-hunger advocacy, social activism, and political issues affecting marginalized people. Using insights, images, and stories from pastors, professors and lay people who are active in anti-hunger campaigns, this ecumenical book offers devotional connections to inequality issues, as well as themes to help in our struggle to understand and eliminate injustice. Hunger for the Word, edited by Larry Hollar of Bread for the World, brings concern for hunger and fairness into our daily religious life.
With weekly sermon/homily reflections, Hunger for the Word is an invaluable resource for pastors, liturgical ministers and those interested in justice-oriented Bible study and spiritual growth. Also includes suggestions for musical worship, and ideas for childrens sermons to help spread Gods Word of activism, compassion, and integrity throughout the congregation.
Larry Hollar is Senior Regional Organizer with Bread for the World, the nationwide grassroots Christian anti-hunger advocacy movement. He is also an ordained Presbyterian elder, a professional Biblical storyteller, church musician and liturgist.
. . . pastors, organizers, teachers, and anti-hunger workers supply warm, thoughtful, and biblically grounded insights into God's call to respond to those who are hungry and poor. . . . The perfect book for preparing justice-minded sermons or writings.
I would recommend it for all people wishing to study and to reflect upon scripture from the perspective of justice and food. The analyses are connected with daily living, which is exactly what good preaching is supposed to do.
"[Hollar] has assembled a wonderful resource for preachers who are seeking to focus on these biblical themes . . . the writers mine a wealth of insights into God's heart for the poor and the oppressed . . . this book gives voice to some of the biblical themes that are often neglected in the modern church. Hollar reminds us that while we might ignore the issue of hunger, God does not.
It is an exciting book, which calls us, firstly, to reflect on our own lifestyles in a spirit of silence. Only then can we hear God speaking to us, and inviting us to hunger for justice and equality.
Fordham's studies of the countrys social health say we are in a steep dive in matters of hunger and poverty, the lowest ever recorded by the measure of food stamp coverage and income inequality. Beyond our borders the situation is even worse. How timely a lectionary that correlates Scripture with the cry for bread and the struggle for justice! May we in our congregations ever and again hear the Word that calls us to respond to a hungry world. This commentary on our weekly lections is a medium for a Word that speaks both about the abundant grace of the gospel and its claim upon us to reach out to those in the depths.
Gabriel Fackre, Abbot Professor of Christian Theology Emeritus, Andover Newton Theological School
. . .it would be valuable to look at the particular slant given in this collection to the social justice implications.
Grace & Truth
Hunger for the Word is a helpful resource for preachers who wish to stress the social implications of the readings and are looking for illustrations, statistics and insights.
Grace & Truth
Each of [the writers'] contributions is a unique perspective on the scripture's requirement to the Christian community in the areas of food security and justice.
Hunger News and Hope
An excellent tool helpoing preachers apply the weekly lectionary readings to the tragedy of global hunger. Provocative and useful with a breadth of contributionrs as diverse as Bread for the World.
Ronald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action