I had no idea who this woman was or anything about the books she had authored. And as she started sharing her story and her latest book it didn’t take me long and I knew–I had to read this book–I had to meet this woman. She told her story as a cancer survior and her travels to research for her book, Scouting the Divine, My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey.
My passion for farming and learning more about God’s word–together! I was clinging to her every word. This was 2015–Women of Joy Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Margaret Feinberg is one of those writers that you must read her words slow and then reread again and again. Her research and deeply rooted details in her stories leave the reader with a sense of awe and longing to know more. She not only researches—she is a master storyteller traveling to experience the beauty of the Scriptures through others’ stories.
And she has done it once again with her new book, Taste and See, Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, & Fresh Food Makers. This book is an outpouring of stories, humor, history, facts, scriptures, and delicious recipes. Taste and See will inspire readers to read God’s word and again, turn back to the table to give thanks for His abundant blessings.
During her research for Taste and See, Margaret traveled to Israel to fish with Israeli fisherman in the Sea of Galilee, California to a fig farm and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University for a lesson in ancient bread baking. She continued her research plunging 410 feet into a salt mine in Utah, Croatia to learn more about olives and their many uses, and Dallas learning as a student in “Steakology 101” taught by a Texas butcher.
“I’m 6,941 miles from home on the southern rim of the Sea of Galilee, slogging through the marsh in rubber waders that I borrowed from a stranger. Israeli fishermen lay a gillnet in waist-deep water before me. They shout at each other in what I assume is Hebrew, but what my ears fail to hear, my eyes understand clearly. They have determined to fill their boats with St. Peter’s fish. I am the only woman in the bunch–a female Bible teacher from America, no less–and one of the men is stripped down to his underwear. How did I get myself in this mess? The month prior, I had decided to throw myself into a study of food in the Bible and my expedition would be incomplete without an exploration of fish. I prayed a (big) prayer that I’d meet the right people at the right time, and soon one divine encounter led to another.”
My copy of Margaret’s book, Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey is one marked with notes, highlighted words and the pages are worn. And her latest book, Taste and See will be the same.
Taste and See, Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, & Fresh Food Makers and the Bible Study releases tomorrow, January 22nd. (Click on the above link for more information about purchasing the book and Bible Study). If you are interested in becoming part of a Beautiful Grace‘s online Bible Study Facebook group for Taste And See, please comment below and I will provide you with more information. Or follow a Beautiful Grace on Facebook. We will begin February 4th.
I sat on the edge of my seat–listening to her words of wisdom and her heart for scripture–this storyteller. And three years later I am serving on her Launch Team. Thank you God for this blessing.
Thank you, Margaret.