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Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion


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ISBN13: 9780345495792
ISBN10: 0345495799
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Early one morning, for no earthly reason, Sara Miles, raised an atheist, wandered into a church, received communion, and found herself transformed-embracing a faith shed once scorned. A lesbian left-wing journalist whod covered revolutions around the world, Miles didnt discover a religion that was about angels or good behavior or piety; her faith centered on real hunger, real food, and real bodies. Before long, she turned the bread she ate at communion into tons of groceries, piled on the churchs altar to be given away. Within a few years, she and the people she served had started nearly a dozen food pantries in the poorest parts of their city.

Take This Bread is rich with real-life Dickensian characters-church ladies, millionaires, schizophrenics, bishops, and thieves-all blown into Miless life by the relentless force of her newfound calling. Here, in this achingly beautiful, passionate book, is the living communion of Christ.

“The most amazing book.”

-Anne Lamott

“Engaging, funny, and highly entertaining . . . Miles comments, often with great insight, on the ugliness that many people associate with a particular brand of Christianity. Why would any thinking person become a Christian? is one of the questions she addresses, and her answer is also compelling reading.”


“Powerful . . . This book is a gem [and] will remain with you forever.”

-The Decatur Daily

“What Miles learns about faith, about herself and about the gift of giving and receiving graciously are wonderful gifts for the reader.”

-National Public Radio

“[A] joyful memoir . . . advocates big-tent Christianity in the truest sense . . . a story of finding sustenance and passing it on.”

-National Catholic Reporter

“Rigorously honest, Take This Bread demonstrates how hard-and how necessary-it is to welcome everyone to the table, without exception.”

-San Francisco Chronicle

“Moving, delightful and significant.”

-The Christian Century

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About the Author

Sara Miles is the author of How to Hack a Party Line: The Democrats and Silicon Valley and co-editor of Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan and the anthology Opposite Sex: Gay Men on Lesbians, Lesbians on Gay Men. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Progressive, La Jornada, and Salon, among others. She has written extensively on military affairs, politics, and culture. She lives in San Francisco with her family. Visit the her website at

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willowlaughter, January 23, 2010 (view all comments by willowlaughter)
This is an excellent depiction of the meaning of breaking bread in community and the radical change that takes place as a result. A truly spirit-filled story.
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A. Lee, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by A. Lee)
Sara Miles tells her story of finding the face of Jesus, and deeply meaningful engagement without ego or sentimentality, as she chronicles her journey through civil war in Central America and the brokenness of poverty in San Francisco's Mission district. I laughed and wept through my reading of her story of a leftist lesbian and former atheist and the evolution of her extraordinary spirituality.
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Gail Bumala, November 12, 2009 (view all comments by Gail Bumala)
Sara Miles gives an honest,elegantly written unabashed account of her life as a Marxist, atheist lesbian journalist who finds herself with a surprising new life within her-yes, she had a baby, but then something more. Jesus enters her in an unexpected, unguarded moment and her life and the lives of many who live in the margins of society are never the same.
It is hard, with accounts of her coverage of wars and injustice, and full of wonder at the insistent, relentless power of the holy spirit to transform spiritual awakening into powerful action. This book is like a delicious meal that I wanted never to end. Be warned: One cannot read this account and be unchanged.
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Product Details

Miles, Sara
Ballantine Books
Personal Memoirs
Food relief
Church work with the poor
Christian converts -- United States.
Church work with the poor -- United States.
Christian life -- Anglican authors.
Biography - General
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