Break Bread Together
Finding True Friendship at the Last Supper
by Jessica Herberger
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Pub Date 09 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 26 Jan 2021
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Leafwood Publishers
Discover how the example of the Last Supper can help you uncover the secrets of true friendship.
Surrounded by people, yet feeling alone. This describes how many of us live, yearning for deeper relationships. Our desire to know others, and to be known by them in the same way, goes unfulfilled. This longing for intimacy and the community of true friendship is rooted in our very nature. Yet the number of shallow social interactions that we pour ourselves into on a daily basis ends up consuming our time and drawing us further away from the very type of community and friendships we need.
Break Bread Together will show you how to change these destructive patterns and nurture true community. Join Jessica as she guides you through Jesus’s last meal with his disciples. See how he cultivated these friendships and how you can develop new ways of bonding with your friends by following Jesus’s example. Through Scripture and personal stories, Jessica will show you how to gather as friends, to break bread together, and to open your heart to the life-giving friendships around you.
“In this over-connected world, we long for friendships that go beyond platitudes, passing niceties, and empty offers to ‘get together sometime,’ yet we’re also too old to pass a note saying “Will you be my friend?” By inviting us to join Jesus and his disciples at the Passover supper, Jessica Herberger offers us a biblical roadmap to discovering true friendship and building our own life-giving Breaking Bread Community. This book changed how I view friendship in general, but more importantly, how I view my own friendships.”
—Niki Hardy, church planter and author of Breathe Again
“Jessica is a new friend for me, but her words connect me to my oldest and dearest friend, Jesus. For the past few years, I’ve been fascinated with the Last Supper and the last few hours of Jesus’s life, and this incredible book helped shine more light on how this meal can still shift everything for us today. Grab this book, grab your friends, get around a table, and let it change your life.”
—Jess Connolly, author of You Are the Girl for the Job and Take It Too Far
“Sitting around our small group time at a recent women’s retreat, there was a common thread of isolation and loneliness. Many tears were shed over the longing to be in community and the helplessness of not knowing where or how to find it. Jessica Herberger understands our pain and lovingly offers biblical and practical hope. Jessica is relatable and wise, and Break Bread Together will spur you towards togetherness in a way that your heart desperately needs!”
—Maria Furlough, author of Confident Moms, Confident Daughters and Breaking the Fear Cycle
“For anyone who is craving more connection and community, this book is a must-read. It is encouraging and inspiring, and will help you create more meaningful relationships. Jessica gently teaches you how to serve and receive well and how to prioritize the friendships that you desire to prioritize. A delightful read!”
— Morgan Tyree, author of Take Back Your Time and founder of Morganize with Me
“Whether you’re longing for one true friend or simply want to take your existing friendships deeper, Jessica is a worthy guide. With relatable stories from her own adventures in friendship and insightful glances at Jesus’s closest friendships, you’ll find just the encouragement you need to take the next step in forging beautiful, life-changing relationships.”
— Asheritah Ciuciu, founder of One Thing Alone Ministries and author of Uncovering the Love of Jesus
“Break Bread Together is a kind-hearted invitation to follow Jesus and his closest friends around the table at the Last Supper, where we can learn how to interact with friends, how to serve them and receive service, and how to handle conflict. Jessica shows us the way to authentic and transformational friendships. Her open-handed stories unwrap our core needs. Every woman can benefit from this book whether you are setting the table or joining one already set for you. It’s our time to know and reach out to the people God has called us to sit with and serve.”
— Blythe Daniel, literary agent at The Blythe Daniel Agency and author of Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters
“You’ve been invited to the table! In a world where we’re prone to retreat into our devices, Jessica Herberger invites us into community. She pulls out a chair at the table and welcomes us, not just to sit down but to draw near and break bread together. By looking through the lens of the Last Supper, she offers a fresh perspective, giving us courage to be brave and pursue friendships on a whole new level.”
— Betsy Pendergrass, writer, speaker, and gatherer at
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Average rating from 11 members
WOW. This is a book that I didn't know I desperately needed until I picked it up. I am so thankful I was able to read through this. Jessica is so encouraging and relatable as she talks about our need for community in the way God desires. Throughout each chapter, she points everything to The Last Supper and how Jesus interacted with his friends. She uses Him as an example of how we can bless and be blessed by our Breaking Bread Community in deep and intimate ways. At the end of each chapter, she dedicates a portion to reflect on the Scripture used by asking questions, creating an action, and respond in prayer. This would be a great study to do together in a community group, although it is great to read as a personal study (like I did). This is such a great resource that I will probably use time and time again. Thank you Jessica for sharing your wisdom and heart through this book. I pray that will transform our lives as we seek to find our own Breaking Bread Community!
In Break Bread Together, Jessica Herberger shares some truths I've known for nearly two decades - not all friendships are the same, friendships aren't always organic, and breaking bread with people builds community among friends. In sharing these truths, however, the author uses the Last Supper as a teaching tool - and it is a brilliant add to my understanding of friendship, relationship and community.
Her premise is simple: "It turns out the Last Supper is not just a beautiful picture of community. It is an actual road map showing us how to nurture a Breaking Bread Community in our own lives!"
Again, what a brilliant and meaningful comparison.
Break Bread Together is organized somewhat like a good bible study. The author shares her personal history and struggles, some scripture and insight, then follows it up with questions and a guided prayer. It is a great format for the topic. The road map is laid out in well-scoped chapters, each based on a different aspect of the Last Supper scriptures, and covers topics on initiating friendships, expecting hurt, sharing biblical wisdom and building lasting communities of love. Lots of good stuff in here.
The writing is engaging, the topic deeply considered and the suggestions meaningful and complete.
I loved this book. It would be an amazing book club read, or even a great part of a small church group wanting to go deeper in relationship with one another. Likewise, it lends itself equally well to a more intimate and personal read as part of a greater understanding of Jesus, the Last Supper and our mandate to be in community with others. Definitely a five-star read!
This review is based on an advance copy read.
This book is so needed today. With all the natural isolation that is produced within a world full of technology Jess really lays out the importance of reclaiming close friendships and nurturing them like the gift they are. A truly profound message of how we should treat and value the most important relationships in life, modeled by Jesus. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to find authenticity in friendship and faith.
Awesome read! Really loved the personal touches to making long-lasting friendships and building a strong Breaking Bread Community. I would definitely recommend this to my friends as a book to further existing friendships and a great way to start new ones as well.
So many books about Communion and the Last Supper. What sets this one apart is Herberge's focus on the friendships around the table where Jesus sat with his disciples. She invites readers to practice hospitality and true kindness as we engage with others.
This is both a text and a workbook, with practical assignments at the end of each chapter. You will be led step by step through the reasons for, benefits of, and how-tos of spiritual friendships that ward off contemporary loneliness. Recommended for women with friends, women studying about drawing others into their circles, and for those who are forming new friendships along the way.
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