Book Review: Reflections, menus satisfying

"SAINTS AT THE DINNER TABLE" by Amy Heyd, St. Anthony Messenger Press (Cincinnati, 2008), 158 pp., $19.95. (CNS) — "Saints at the Dinner Table" is simple and satisfying in its idea and execution: to create and present menus inspired by reflections on the lives of 12 saints. The book is informed by author Amy Heyd’s gratitude for her family, her faith and her vocation as a wife, mother of three children and gifted cook. Heyd’s inspiration for the book was the realization that her prayers were more confident when she felt a connection with a saint’s life. She writes about praying to St. Joseph in the dark hours when her father was hospitalized with a serious stroke. "In that quiet and heart-wrenching moment, I felt that Joseph himself had stepped off the pedestal, took my hand and walked into my dad’s room with me." In St. Joseph’s strength and presence she found a "wonderful listener" and "friend I could talk to in my time of need." "In my quest to ‘relate’ to the saints, I started an intentioned journey to find a collection of saints on whom I could call," Heyd writes. She began with those who, like her, were interested in "food and caretaking."

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