The description on the back cover lured me in. The first two sentences read, "In the ultimate act of sacrifice, Jesus robbed the Enemy of every claim he ever had on our lives. He stole all our shame and guilt and gave us back our lives so that we could live in true freedom." I am my own harshest critic and I tend to get myself bound up in unnecessary amounts of guilt at times. I have read books on grace that were Biblically sound and refreshing reminders of my identity in Christ. I hoped this book would have a similar, uplifting effect and would help me train my line of thinking to give myself grace since Christ extends it to me.
Unfortunately, I found this book very difficult to finish. In the first few chapters, I found the tale of an actual criminal heist interwoven into the authors commentary and retelling of Bible passages to pique enough of my curiosity to keep me reading. By about 1/3 of the way through the book, it was challenging for me to continue to reading this author's writing style.
The flavor of this sweet and sour sauce is spot-on and I was amazed at how EASY it is to make. I had all but 1 ingredient on hand. I had to run out to buy rice wine vinegar. I've only ever owned apple cider vinegar and white vinegar, so I wasn't thrilled on getting this.... new ingredient. I hate vinegrettes and thought if we didn't like the recipe it would go to waste cluttering up my cupboard. No such luck, we will be using this frequently to bring a great new flavor to our table. Can I just say I LOVE it when sauces can be made simply without compromising flavor? Who needs preservatives, dyes and fillers? We got this!
For those of you in a rush to get a meal on the table, here's the need-to-know:
1/4 cup chicken broth (you could sub water and add some extra salt in a pinch, it would just lack flavor)
juice from 1 (20 oz) can of pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice
3 Tbsp brown sugar (raw, organic, even sub plain old white only if needed)
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 heaping Tbsp cornstarch in 1/3 cup cold water (can sub arrowroot powder)
Ok, for those of you with more time to read before cooking, the full instructions are below:
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Love this girl's writing... feels like she's a long distance friend. Well, her sister is my long-distance friend, so that probably helps. Either way, what an inspiration and encouragement- you just need to check out some of the places life has taken Leah and be strengthened and inspired by the love that oozes (yes, oooozes) from her heart for Jesus, His people and His creation!
If you like nummy recipes, or have special dietary needs (or both!) check it out. ALL of her recipes are Vegan, and many can be made gluten-free. I stumbled upon it when searching for dairy/egg free treats to make for my kiddo and have gotten hooked on several recipes. Okay, "hooked on" doesn't portray it well enough. How about "addicted to"? That's more fitting. Will definitely be going back for more!