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Coming in 2024 from Rabbit Room Press
Tangible acts of feasting and celebrating have suffused Lanier Ivester’s home all her life. But in the past decade, she’s wrestled with profound losses that have reshaped the ways in which she approaches her calling to the place and the people around her. Coexisting forces of great grief and great joy come together in this extraordinary book (lavishly illustrated by Jennifer Trafton), which not only reminds us of the inescapable presence of sorrow, but shows us how to celebrate and anticipate the return of glad and golden hours right here, right now.
“If you are tired, or disillusioned, or curious about shaping a holiday season that makes present the astonishing fact of God-with-us, then consider this book my gift to you. It is not a manual or a how-to, or a glorified to-do list, but a companion, in the neighborliest sense of the word. The recipes and crafts in these pages are merely that: suggestions to help you contemplate your own holiday with creativity and significance. It is, above all, an invitation, regardless of your age, marital status, or living situation, to experience Christmas as a place of rest—not in spite of, but in the very midst of the merriment of these glad and golden hours.”
Like Robert Farrar Capon’s Supper of the Lamb, this is a book that far surpasses the trappings of a mere cookbook or a collection of craft projects. It’s an embodiment of a rich theology of creation, of what it means to be human when everything is both falling apart and coming back together. It’s a companion that leads us through the seasons of Advent and Christmastide and into a better understanding of the Kingship of Christ and our invitation into the richness of the Feast to come.