Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Beginning & GIVEAWAY Reminder: A Common Meal


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Each year since 2010, Rice & Beans Month participants have spent the month of March (or the 40 days of Lent) putting love into action through three central themes:

1. Simplicity: altering our diets to emphasize basic and inexpensive meals

2. Solidarity: standing in unity with our brothers and sisters in East Africa who have limited resources and inadequate nutrition

3. Sharing: donating our save money so that vulnerable kids and their families can receive much-needed nutritional support.

-- A Common Meal: A Devotional and Practical Guide to Rice & Beans Month, published by Lahash International.


A Common Meal offers recipes, daily devotions, lessons, and stories to accompany a family through Rice & Beans monthLahash International started Rice & Beans Month in 2010 in partnership with local ministries in Africa.  Each year, during the month of March (or Lent), families or communities eat simple meals in solidarity with the less fortunate.  They take the money they save and donate it to hunger-relief and agricultural programs in East Africa.

Read more about A Common Meal and Rice & Beans Month at


I have one copy of A Common Meal available for a giveaway to someone who is interested in taking part in Rice & Beans Month.  Details for the GIVEAWAY are here on this page (click the link).

The contest is for readers in the USA and is open until Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 9:00 PST.


  1. During my childhood we did a meatless meal once a week on top of the Friday fish during Lent.

  2. Sounds like an interesting one! I love my rice!

  3. This sounds like an informative read. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Interesting idea. Sounds like a good cause.

  5. Hi Gilion,

    We have often talked about going meatless, but I am not sure that either of us has the willpower to follow through, although we both love our rice and pasta dishes.

    Thanks for hosting BBOF and have a good weekend,


  6. It sounds like a lovely book to have in the kitchen. (I'm in the UK)Sadly, I'm the only one in the household who enjoys rice dishes.

  7. I would like to have a copy of A Common Meal. I looked at the video. It feels so good to see the children enjoying clean and healthy meals. My husband and I are bean lovers. There is a poem written about the bean lovers. I think it's written by Gwendolyn Brooks. I'll bet you've read it. Thanks for entering me.

  8. I absolutely love the idea of simplifying our meals for lent. This sounds really interesting.

  9. MMM Making me hungry just reading about it.
    sherry @ fundinmentalFriday Memes

  10. What a great idea. Since traveling to other countries I am more aware of all that we have. It does us good to share.

  11. 'A Common Meal' sounds like a really interesting read! Sometimes it is important to read something different! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have an amazing weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  12. Common Meal sounds good. I would love to go completely meatless, but there are night were ever have flavored rice or pasta. Click on my name for my Beginning and 56.

  13. I love meatless. I do eat meat, but prefer vegetables.

    Thanks for your post.

    ENJOY the weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  14. Interesting. Sounds like a very thought-provoking and inspiring read!

    Jessica @ Ramblings on Readings


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