We’ve been checking in with former TEDxManhattan speakers to get an update on their work. Below, 2013 speaker Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, tells us about his newly published book, Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. See Fred’s talk here.
Much of the material from my TEDx Manhattan talk came from a book I’ve been writing for the past several years, Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. I’ve had a stellar team: friends, family, fellow writers, advance readers, my agent, two senior editors, copy editors, publicists, marketing folks, reviewers, cheerleaders, little old church ladies, a reclusive writer-fisherman from Montana whose books I love, and even the former Archbishop of Canterbury all lent a hand. I’m overwhelmed, really, when I think of how many people have put something of themselves into this book. I’m deeply grateful to them all. It says “memoir” in the subtitle (my publisher’s choice), but really this book is not about me. It’s about a much larger vision of which God is the author and I am only a scribe. The many hands who’ve touched this book, and the many people about whom I write within its pages, are part of that vision, too.
You can read an excerpt of Chapter 1, along with an author interview, in the summer issue of Image. A number of fine writers have already endorsed the book, and it’s received stellar reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus (starred review). NPR, Religion News Service, and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) have all asked to do stories on the book. This little craft is ready to begin making its way down the river.