Wednesday, March 12, 2014

food for the Kingdom

Many years ago now, I read Noel Piper's Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God and this excerpt from her chapter on Esther Ahn Kim has remained lodged in my mind ever since.

"She made a habit of buying complete lots of poor produce from the poorest vendors, at full price. Then she culled through and gave what was edible to her mother and sister. She ate what was left. She was preparing for the rotten beans and millet she expected in prison." p. 118

I think about this all the time, without even meaning to, just wondering what it would be like to think of food this way. How would it change me as I grow, shop, cook and organize the food in our family's life?

I do recommend Noel Piper's book, and also Esther Ahn Kim's autobiography called If I Perish.


  1. I bought this book years ago and haven't read it yet.I don't know if that would be my response - more likely to eat what I could while I had the chance! Not very disciplined, I know.

  2. I think I read her autobiography a million years ago. Very hard to be that disciplined about food. A diet is one thing but I always like to eat the best of what I allow myself. I cannot imagine purposefully choosing the worst.

  3. Carol and Cindy, I find myself thinking the exact same things.


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