It didn’t take long for me to realize that From Spice to Eternity is a unique treasure. The subject is life in an eternal and infinite context, but the setting is time and space. Yvonne Pat Wright has incorporated a zest for food and flavors with a zest for life eternal in book that is beautiful and sometimes whimsical. It is a very special book.
I love to cook, and I thought I knew a lot about herbs and spices. I wasn’t expecting to read solid information about each spice along with enticing recipes. The culinary information, however, is only a gateway, albeit a delightful and flavorful gateway, to bigger truths. Each spice introduces a new biblical truth, and the theme that permeates all the stories is the love that overflows a relationship with Christ.
In the story that accompanies the entry for coriander, for example, the author quotes her uncle as saying something my parents used to say to me: “Getting what you want is wanting what you have.” Building on the coriander simile, the author points out that just as the Israelites tired of manna, even though it was God’s gift, people can tire of possessions. Possessions do not satisfy, but “[Christ] satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.’ Psalm 107:9. NKJV. Each spice invites the reader to think about knowing Christ as the psalmist said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8 NRSV)
From Spice to Eternity is less than 200 pages long. You have time to read this book. This book will probably send you running to the kitchen to see if you have all the ingredients for one or more of the recipes, but more important, this book will encourage you to flavor your life now and forever with the presence of the Christ who loves you.