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  • The righteous eat to their hearts’ content. Prover

    The handsome actor/former journalist/religion correspondent/author Abdiel LeRoy is a British-American whose life is largely inspired by the Bible, Shakespeare, and the great epic poem, 'Paradise Lost'. As a poet Abdiel embraces giant tasks – the lives of Elijah, Obama, Bush, and Trump in his VERSES VERSUS EMPIRE series, as well as fascinating historical novels and culinary guides. He also has worked as a broadcaster, financial analyst, and market commentator, while his passions also include Argentine Tango, Yoga, and competitive swimming. His voice both as a narrator for dramatic readings and on stage is being recognized as a brave new presence in the politics of the globe. Abdiel’s new THE GOURMET GOSPEL defies classification: it is the best of all his books and verses and artistic and religious endeavors to date. The book draws from Abdiel’s experiences and observations and enlightens all aspects of what out lives are about by relating the to Grace (‘the unmerited favor of God’). From concepts and principles form the bible and thoughts and actions of great thinkers through time he shares that bliss of freedom of conscience in everything we do. Some excerpts from the book aid in understanding Abdiel’s approach – ‘Speaking of actors, there can be no more divine calling. For just as Christ is the Word made flesh, the actor is the word of the playwright made flesh. Meanwhile, by losing himself in the character he plays, the actor also embodies Christ’s calling to lose his life in order that he may find it. His body and voice express his source in the true vine of Christ, and as a tree produces its own variety of fruit according to its type, the actor of indivisible heart does not outlaw anything he is experiencing.’ And another – ‘Artists also take on the priestly role of communicating the divine to humanity and vice versa, while identifying with humanity’s predicament, becoming, again to quote these lines of Shakespeare: The very opener and intelligencer Between the grace, the sanctities of Heaven, And our dull workings. The actor exemplifies this ministry, and the clown in particular identifies with the shortcomings of the human condition. According to British actress Emma Thompson: The really good clown comes on and fails miserably. Just by coming on, a clown makes people laugh, because you are saying, ‘I shouldn’t be here at all. I can’t do this.’ It’s about failing. It’s wonderful because laughter is a celebration of all our failings — that recognition that we are not gods, that we are human. That’s what clowns are for. That’s why they are important… I’ve discussed the value of failure in creative work. Failure is terribly important. Perhaps that’s what I’m saying: The notion that failure is a negative thing is wrong.’ And one last excerpt that relates the meaning of the clever title: ‘In my own journey, I came to understand that no mouthful can ever take me across some boundary into sinful territory or “overeating”, for no such boundary exists. I also realized that the portion on my plate may have very little to do with my appetite and what my body needs, which may be a lot more or a lot less. A plate is just a plate; it’s not my conscience! Nor is God scrutinizing every mouthful as I had imagined. As for the instruction to ask for God’s blessing on my food, that was false prophecy coming from the church member who was pursuing an agenda of manipulation. At one time, I used to view so-called “overeating” as my “Achilles’ Heel”, my specific area of failing, as if Jesus’ victory were incomplete. Wrong! There is now no such thing as an Achilles’ Heel! The old self, or the “addict” if you prefer, was put to death with the same kind of ruthless, uncompromising, and conclusive manner in which Moses destroyed the idolatrous golden calf worshipped by the Israelites while he was meeting God on Mount Sinai: I took that sinful thing of yours, the calf you had made, and burned it in the fire. Then I crushed it and ground it to powder as fine as dust and threw the dust into a stream that flowed down the mountain. When I began to eat as I wanted, and not as I believed I should, freedom came, and with it, release from self-destructive patterns. We may gratify desire for delicious food without giving heed to the legalistic messages of self-denial that condemn men and women and that inflame unhealthy desire. And we can trust in our natural inclination to select the types and quantities of food that are uniquely best for us. ‘ Abdiel LeRoy is one of our treasured spiritual guides – a man who has the capacity for many roles in life, but also a man who cares deeply about setting us free from the unnecessary restrictions imposed on us …as well as those that are self - imposed! Read this book and breathe freedom. Highly Recommended

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  • The truth shall set you free

    I highly recommend ‘The Gourmet Gospel’ to ALL believers, whether you struggle with your relationship with food or not. Abdiel LeRoy’s message is anchored in the truth of Scripture and is a clarion call for all Christians to grab hold in faith to who they are in Christ. We are not addicts, we are not slaves to our appetites nor to diet plans: we are slaves of righteousness. Our walk in the certain knowledge of this spiritual reality frees us from all Law apart from God’s Law of Love which promises through the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us safely, one trusting step at a time, into a life of abundance in Him here on this earth which He has freely given to all who believe. I thank the author for writing, and encourage you to read, this inspired book.

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  • Pleasantly surprised and impressed

    ‘In the same breath, therefore, Paul tells us that Christ disarmed both the Law and the Satanic powers. So there must be a close connection between the two.“ As a former professional cook and a retired ordained minister of 30+ years who has always loved food of all kinds, when Abdiel LeRoy offered me a chance to read something called “The Gourmet Gospel” I balked. My first thought was “What am I getting myself into? Just what I don’t need...” and it sat in my TBR for more time than I’d care to tell you. However, other books the author has written have at times been a challenge that I have accepted so, with expectations at the ready I accepted this one. And, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. LeRoy, using some of the very lines from the Bible as well as myriad other sources says it’s not fair to “proof text” anyone or anything by throwing your interpretations of the Gospels at anyone struggling with anything in their lives. Food, work, all those “-isms” we throw around...might just come back and haunt we who claim Christianity as our standard. Instead or throwing stones, we should use them as touchstones in our own growth and enjoy the life we claim, because we can just as easily trip over them on our way down. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. And I thank the author for another engaging read. Highly Recommended 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book from the author and voluntarily read and reviewed it]

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  • Magnificent!

    Yes, I am a HUGE fan of Abdiel and Leroy. I've read AND listened to his books, yes, I've read his work, and then also listened to the audiobooks as well. I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the title, but I was sure that it would be worth the read, no matter the topic. I know how well Leroy writes, and how he tells his stories, very dramatically, and it fits. I've found myself rereading the classics, such as Paradise Lost and Dante's Inferno, as I was inspired to read them again, and again. I have also read Leroy's work just as much. Getting to this one, I was not surprised at how well the words flowed together, gaining insight, an insight of the author's feelings of religion, belief and faith. It's a majestic flow of words that expresses ideations and humanity, telling a wondrous story. As always, if Leroy writes it or speaks it, I will be there to read and listen.

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