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Spirituality of Wine, The

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"After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me."

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In this book Gisela Kreglinger offers a fresh, holistic vision of the Christian life that sees God at work in all created things, including vineyards, the work of vintners, and the beauty of well-crafted wine shared with others around a table. Kreglinger begins by examining wine in the Bible, in the history of the church, and in the Lord's Supper, and these reflections culminate in a theology of joy and feasting that celebrates the human senses as gifts for tasting the goodness of God.

In the second part of the book Kreglinger brings Christian spirituality and the world of wine together in new ways, exploring such matters as technology and wine-crafting, the health benefits of wine, alcohol abuse, consumerism, and soul care. Her discussion is enriched by interviews with thirty vintners from around the world as well as her own experience growing up on a family winery in Bavaria.

"Wine as a gift of God's love, wine as a witness to the in-breaking of God's kingdom of life and joy, wine as the drink that draws us more closely into the fellowship of Christ, and wine-making as our participation in the care and celebration of God's good creation — these themes and many more besides are lovingly developed in this beautifully conceived book. Gisela Kreglinger opens up the gift and the mystery of wine in these pages so that we can taste God's invitation to us to share in the divine love that heals the world and the deep joy that celebrates our life together."      ~Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School

"The second part of [Kreglinger's] book left me wondering whether 'the spirituality of wine' actually means much — once spirituality is removed from its original religious context, and once the pivotal, almost overwhelming metaphorical charge that the vine and wine carries in Jewish and Christian scripture and tradition has been expunged. These faiths (an atheist like myself reluctantly concludes) must make wine-drinking a much more spiritually enriching experience than it can be without that framework of belief."     ~Andrew Jefford, Decanter

"This story records the ancient idea that wine is an elixir, but it also tells us something about the grape – that it has long been seen as a miracle worker, a shape-shifter that can transform water into wine. Jesus Christ is said to have performed this feat at a wedding in Cana, as his very first miracle. But while Jesus used water from stone jars to make his wine, the vine takes its moisture from the earth, using roots that can plunge 20 feet beneath its surface. It then sweetens this moisture with sunlight, and stores the resulting juice in easily punctured bubbles, bits of candy meant to tempt birds and mammals into dispersing its seeds. But not all grapes get eaten. Some fall to the soil or get crushed underfoot, exposing their insides to the thin layer of yeasts that coats their skins. The yeasts slip into the juices and drift around on micro-currents, snagging sugars that they burn for energy, in a biochemical fire that gives off alcohol as an exhaust.

This trick is impressive, but alcohol’s magic is even more miraculous, for it transforms the most metaphysically slippery thing we have yet found in this universe: human consciousness. After charming its way into the body by delighting our taste buds with a delicious mixture of sugars, acids, and tannins, the alcohol in wine passes through the walls of the stomach like a free-roaming apparition. Once in the bloodstream, it makes a beeline for the brain, penetrating the membrane barrier between the two. Before long, it’s swimming among the neurons, whose crossfire it slows ever so slightly. As we know from a host of taboos, ancient and new, alcohol’s effects can be dangerous, and can even destroy lives. But under the right circumstances, and in the right amount, it can also lend a glow to human experience, and put halos around the heads of the people with whom we break bread."      ~Ross Andersen, Aeon

“As Christians, we no longer look at wine as a secular matter but learn to receive it as a gift from God. Wine calls us to a life of gratitude. To be grateful is to pay attention to what God has given to us, to be thankful for it, to share it, to appreciate it together. In this way, savoring wine can become prayer.”

Gisela H. Kreglinger (PhD, St. Andrews) grew up on a winery in Franconia, Germany, where her family has been crafting wine for many generations. She holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of St. Andrews and taught Christian spirituality at Samford University before turning to writing full time. She is a public speaker and leads people on wine pilgrimages in France and Germany.

Author Kreglinger, Gisela
Coauthor Peterson, Eugene H.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 304 pp.
Publisher Eerdmans 2016
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