The Christian Philosophy of Food {Giveaway}

Does God care what we eat? Should the Bible effect a Christian’s choices about food and nourishment? How do we apply biblical principles to food, one of our most basic daily needs?

Our family has been specifically asking these questions for the past 6-7 months.

We’ve always made an effort to feed our family whole foods prepared as healthfully as possible. However, in recent months it has become more of a priority.

In December I found and joined GNOWFGLINS (God’s Natural Organic Whole Foods Grown Locally In Season) and thanks to the added help and inspiration, we’ve cut out nearly all processed foods, use nearly all sourdough and have incorporated more natural food choices and preparation methods (soaking grains and legumes, fermenting, etc.).

So I was excited about the opportunity to review Peter Bringe’s book, The Christian Philosophy of Food.

The Christian Philosophy of Food” is a broad survey of what a Christian’s ideas and attitudes toward food should be.

This is not a how-to book of what we should eat or how we should prepare it. Rather it covers a multitude of topics about food choices, uses, production and preparation. From thoughts about balancing times of feasting with normal food consumption to utilizing food as a relationship builder, Peter Bringe covers many aspects of food and the Bible.

Talking about our “fast food” society and our tendency to view food and eating as an interruption of what’s “really important” Mr. Bringe points out,

We have to get it into our minds that simple and ancient things like eating and conversing as a family are foundational to Christian culture and society. Even though it might decrease the efficiency of our work, and it won’t necessarily produce material profit, it is an important and ultimate part of our life. ~ “The Christian Philosophy of Food” Page 37

In my opinion, the book can lean toward overstatement. For example, when making the point that food production should be less centralized and more family-centered (and I agree it should be) Mr. Bringe says,

Having two different visions of work in a family tends to divide it, and a house divided will not stand (Mark 3:25). This is not only true if mom and dad go to their own businesses; it is also true in the “traditional family” where the mom raises the kids, and the dad supplies the finances by laboring at some workplace unrelated to the rest of the family. ~ “The Christian Philosophy of Food” page 48-49

So as always turn to the Scriptures as your ultimate authority.

However, “The Christian Philosophy of Food” provides plenty of food for thought, especially if you are just beginning to consider what the Bible says about food. It is a good place to start as we begin to examine what God’s Word has to say about our food choices.

Buy It

The Christian Philosophy of Food is available for $9.95.

Win It

One Raising Olives reader will win their own copy of “The Christian Philosophy of Food“.

To enter: (Please leave a separate comment for each entry.)

  • Leave a comment on this post about why you’re interested in this book.
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Giveaway will end on Thursday, May 24 and is open to U.S. residents only.

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63 Responses to The Christian Philosophy of Food {Giveaway}
  1. amy
    May 18, 2012 | 8:49 am

    pretty much anything food interests me! and a biblical perspective… nothing could be better!!

  2. Janee Campbell
    May 18, 2012 | 8:59 am

    This might be an interesting read. God has brought us out of a philosophy of good food vs. bad food because our relationship with food was out of balance and causing problems(I spend many years restricting sugar and other processed foods). I don’t think its wrong to eat all whole foods but I know from experience than when the whole family does not feel the same it creates other issues. In some ways I think a healthy relationship with food is more important than what you are actually eating.

  3. Lisa
    May 18, 2012 | 9:09 am

    This book looks really interesting. We have been making things from scratch a number of years now and I love finding out more on the subject. We want to feed our children nourishing foods and also make it affordable (we have soon to be 6 children under age 7) for our growing family. Thanks!

  4. sarah
    May 18, 2012 | 9:10 am

    This book sounds very interesting. We try to eat healthy, seasonal, local foods in order to be good stewards of our bodies, our money, the earth, etc. But it’s a topic I would still like to learn more about.

  5. Kristin
    May 18, 2012 | 9:14 am

    I am incredibly intrigued by this book – I’d love to win a copy!

  6. Lori T
    May 18, 2012 | 9:20 am

    I am interested in this book because I find myself in a long season of fine tuning our families life style eating habits to honor and glorify our temples. I haven’t read a book about it yet and with this recommendation it sounds like a good fit! Thank you! I love what you do!!! Take care!

  7. Sarah
    May 18, 2012 | 9:59 am

    This book interests me very much. In the recent months I have been examining what we eat/why we eat it, and have begun researching healthier habits for our family of 6. I have a son undergoing testing for FTT, so nutrition is an important topic in our home.
    Thanks for all you do on your blog. You really inspire me 🙂

  8. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 | 10:02 am

    I am a Christ-follower in a long line of non-believers, and I’m a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to many following a long line of career-driven feminists. I’ve made family mealtime a priority strictly because child development specialists suggests it leads to a higher level of connectedness and physical/emotional well-being. Though we pray at mealtimes, I never considered the spiritual context of an everyday dinner. I’d love to read and learn more about this.

  9. Louisa
    May 18, 2012 | 10:28 am

    I long to do things as the Lord would have us do them and am interested in it encompassing every aspect of our families life…this sounds like the avenue I was looking for and can’t wait to read it and share it with my family and friends!

  10. Mary Kate
    May 18, 2012 | 10:34 am

    I would love to win this book. I have slowly been changing our diets to end the processed foods and start to cook more traditionally. Being a Mother who also homeschools, chauffeurs, cleans, and wears more hats then this post will allow, I am also a child of God and would like to read about this mans research on the Christian philosophy of food. We sometimes forget that we need to do ALL things in the Glory of God. Thank you for this opportunity.

  11. Mary Kate
    May 18, 2012 | 10:35 am

    I have also shared this on Facebook.

  12. Kristine
    May 18, 2012 | 10:48 am

    My family is currently rapidly changing our diets and I’d love to learn more about how to bring God glory while doing that.

  13. Alana
    May 18, 2012 | 11:34 am

    This books looks really interesting. We have been slowly changing the eating habits in our home. Thanks!

  14. Becky
    May 18, 2012 | 11:37 am

    I love food! Please enter me. Thanks!

  15. Becky Milstead
    May 18, 2012 | 11:39 am

    We tried to start eating as organic & healthy as we can a couple of years ago. I had family that thought I had lost my mind & become a “tree hugger”. I would be interested in this book to learn some of the Christian thoughts as to why this is a good decision for my family.

  16. Becky Milstead
    May 18, 2012 | 11:40 am

    I shared on facebook. 🙂

  17. Becky Milstead
    May 18, 2012 | 11:43 am

    I shared on twitter. 🙂

  18. Julia Reffner
    May 18, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Gallbladder surgery and an auto-immune diagnosis for my husband have caused me to rethink how we eat.

  19. RG
    May 18, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    God is so wise, and has multiple reasons and treasures of wisdom involved in every aspect of life. I think that is why I would like to own a copy. I haven’t really thought much about food in a Biblical perspective.

  20. Elizabeth B
    May 18, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    I’m always trying to serve my family healthier, whole foods. This book could help me make wiser decisions. Honestly, I haven’t thought about food from a Biblical perspective.

  21. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    I would love to win “the christian philosophy of food.” We too have also been trying to avoid all processed foods and eat a diet of whole foods. Please enter me in the contest!!!

  22. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    I just shared on facebook. That is my second entry.

  23. rachel q
    May 18, 2012 | 3:36 pm

    Sounds very interensting. I don’t mind some “junk” like desserts, but I do prefer “made-from-scratch” for many reasons! This kind of puts me in mind of Nancy Campbell’s book, The Family Meal Table. I’d be interested to see how they compare.

  24. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    I just shared your giveaway on my blog!!!

  25. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    Shared your giveaway on my blog comment number 2.

  26. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    Shared your giveaway on my blog comment number 3.

  27. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    Shared your giveaway on my blog comment number 4.

  28. Amanda
    May 18, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    And now my final comment about sharing your giveaway on my blog. I would sure love to read that book I am sure it has a ton of new information in it. I have been striving for whole foods but we have not come as far as you have. I would like to learn about the soaking and sprouting. I also hope to one day garden. Well thank you so much for an opportunity to win something. I read your blog regularly and have learned so much.

  29. Crafty Mama
    May 18, 2012 | 5:37 pm

    I’m very interested in this book! I am just interested about that topic in general.

  30. Crafty Mama
    May 18, 2012 | 5:38 pm

    I shared on Twitter at about 4:38 PM CDT!

  31. Christine C.
    May 18, 2012 | 6:28 pm

    Scripture doesn’t contradict what the author says about centralized families. Remember that for the vast majority of human history, families were the main unit of production– families had trades, and every member of the family participated. The idea of working outside of the household is very, very recent, and was unknown to Biblical societies.

    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    As I stated in my post, I agree with his main point about centralized family work. (I don’t believe it contradicts the Bible and never said it did.)

    However, read the quote from the book. The author states that fathers working outside the home tends to divide the family. Then he references Mark 3 (which is talking about the certainty Christ’s victory over Satan) which states that a house divided against itself will not stand.

    The clear implication is that families which have fathers working outside the home have a tendency to be divided against themselves and therefore will not stand. I believe, as I stated in the post, that this is an overstatement.

    There are many things that I believe are patterned for us in Scripture, but I also think that to hold them up as the pattern that everyone must follow or else face likely failure is taking things too far.

    Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. ~Romans 14:4

  32. Tasha
    May 19, 2012 | 1:11 am

    I am new to the role as pastor’s wife and food is my passion. I would be curious to see the author’s perspectives specifically on feeding the poor.

  33. Kirsten
    May 19, 2012 | 4:11 am

    We have steadily been incorporating a healthy way of eating in our home but I have just recently begun to consider what the Bible actually says about food. This book seems like a great tool to assist me in my understanding of this important topic. Thanks for offering this giveaway and thank you for being a light!

  34. Leigh Austin
    May 19, 2012 | 6:32 am

    I would love to win this book for a friend of mine , She is a vegetarian ( not for health reasons) ; and very overweight. I have been trying to get her back in church… This book may be a good example of some scripture ties to what she is already doing w- her pursuit .

  35. Cindy Watson
    May 19, 2012 | 6:50 am

    I would like to win this, it sounds very interesting. I’d also love to share it on FB and promote discussion but can’t seem to find the FB button.

    Cindy Watson Reply:

    oops! I found it.! too early in the morning I think!

  36. Deanna
    May 19, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I have been on a journey to eat better, more naturally for a couple of years now. I actually started wirh the original gnowfglins fundamental ecourse! But lately I struggle with the price of food and feeling almost scared of eating the wrong things. I don’t want to live in a spirit of fear so I would love to read this biblical perspective. Thank you!

  37. Rebecca L.
    May 19, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    A Biblical perspective on the food we eat? Sounds like a good read.

  38. Rebecca L.
    May 19, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    I shared this on Facebook.

  39. Laurke
    May 19, 2012 | 7:27 pm

    I have been trying to eat healthier, read through the Bible, and to determine what God really says about food for a while now and haven’t gotten it all together enough to make it happen. this would be a great help!!

  40. Michelle
    May 19, 2012 | 10:05 pm

    We have really been trying to change our eating habits lately, and I would love to get a Biblical perspective on the matter.

  41. Amy
    May 20, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    I’d like to read this book because the topic of healthy, local food is on my mind a lot lately. I have 4 kids, 2 with health issues and I’ve read a lot of the secular books out there but am “hungry” for what the bible has to say about all of it. Some of the books in Christian bookstores say to eat kosher, some are just mimics of the secular books and don’t rely on scripture at all. I’m hoping this book will be more scripture based. Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. michelle
    May 20, 2012 | 9:01 pm

    OH, I LOVE books w/ a biblcal perspective on healthy eating!! There aren’t many! What a blessing it would be to read this!! Thanks!

  43. Nicole Handfield
    May 21, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    I’d love to win the book because it sounds interesting!

  44. Lindsay
    May 21, 2012 | 5:11 pm

    I am very interested in diet/nutrition as well as Christianity (being a Christian)…so yes, this sounds like it would be an illuminating read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Chrissy Leisure
    May 21, 2012 | 9:47 pm

    I tend to read lots of books covering food, I have also read some “bibical diet books”, but would love to read this and just see how we are suppose to look at our relationship with food.

  46. Tracy E.
    May 22, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    I would like to win this book because this has been a subject of great importance to our family. We have strived to raise a lot of our meat. Due to some circumstances we aren’t able to do that right now. We also have had a garden and canned in the past. I have felt tore at times trying to distinguish between what is the latest fad and what does God want.

  47. Tracy E.
    May 22, 2012 | 12:28 pm

    Shared on Facebook!

  48. Tracy E.
    May 22, 2012 | 12:28 pm


  49. Tina
    May 22, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    I love learning about nutrition, food, gardening, etc. and would like to hear what this author has to say about food from a Biblical perspective.

  50. Tina
    May 22, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    Shared it on facebook.

  51. Heather Olsson
    May 22, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    We have been on a food revolution this past year. This book would be a great addition to our library.

  52. Heather Olsson
    May 22, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    Sharing on FB.

  53. Amy Clark
    May 22, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    We try to eat as close to nature as possible, and I’d like to see what the Bible says about that.

  54. gail
    May 22, 2012 | 9:00 pm

    i’m always interested in food books

  55. Bethany
    May 23, 2012 | 10:25 am

    Sounds interesting to me! Maybe it would help me focus better as I try to balance health, budget, and allergies in our little family of five.

  56. Danielle
    May 23, 2012 | 11:02 am

    I am interested to hear what this says. We’ve been getting back to natural and traditional food preparation too, and more recently a gut-healing diet for my childrens’ eczema.

  57. Heather
    May 23, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    I’ve never really thought about what the Bible says about food, but I do strive to eat as naturally as possible.

  58. Andie
    May 24, 2012 | 10:02 am

    I struggle with the time this approach takes (and I already do much of our cooking from scratch) and the knowledge that our bodies will not last forever–I think I need to find a balance where spending time in careful food prep is a family-centered, not just a mom-centered, activity. Perhaps this book would help!

  59. Andrea
    May 24, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    Our family would really LOVE this book. It would help answer some of the many questions our 6 kiddos have asked. Thanks!

  60. Melody, Countrified Hicks blog
    May 24, 2012 | 8:30 pm

    I would like to win this. We are Christians and strive to live as God would desire us and also I have MS and am willing to try different things to see if it will help.

  61. Melody, Countrified Hicks blog
    May 24, 2012 | 8:32 pm

    I shared it on facebook.