Eating Heaven: Spirituality at the Table (Acorn Press, 2013)

“In a highly readable blend of the anecdotal and the scholarly, Simon Carey Holt has demonstrated why ‘grazing with the herd’ is such a universal human practice. Our nature is relentlessly, essentially social, and the table – whether in cafe, home or church – is the place where our need of each other is most poignantly expressed.” Hugh Mackay, social researcher and author

“Eating Heaven is a soulful reflection by a man who savours Melbourne as a city. He explores it through the way people share food and table together. Through stories, reflections and recipes, this book warms the heart, feeds the body and nourishes the soul.” Tim Costello, CEO World Vision Australia

“Who doesn’t have a chequered relationship with food? Buying it, eating it, cleaning up after it. We live in a culture increasingly obsessed with ‘food porn’ but divorced from an awareness of food as a daily ritual of connection and meaning. Simon Holt cuts through the froth and bubble to sit us down at a series of tables in which the gathered experience of sharing a meal is the key to reflecting on the good life. Family, culture, community, and place are  illuminated through the lens of a coffee, a meal, a feast. Eating Heaven manages to simultaneously ground and elevate, bringing the sacred back into the everyday. Its  book for everyone who eats and wants to think a little about this daily, often unexamined, activity.  Eating Heaven will restore your faith in food and feed your faith.” Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director, UnitingCare Australia

“This easy-to-read commentary on the everyday ritual of eating has evoked memories I’d long forgotten and simultaneously allowed me to sit at others’ tables for a while.  I’ve pondered the relationship between food and community, questioned my approach to the tables at which I sit, felt the warmth of each eating experience leap out from the pages, and reveled in the ‘realness’ of it all.” Kate Bracks, Masterchef Australia 2011

God Next Door: Spirituality and Mission in the Neighbourhood (Acorn Press, 2007)

Awarded Australian Christian Book of the Year (2008)

“Beautifully written, easily read and full of real stories, God Next Door reminds us of how the local neighbourhood can be a place of ministry and of God’s presence.” Brian Edgar, Australian Evangelical Alliance

“… a quiet plea for churches to rediscover neighborhood not as objects of outreach programs or social service good deeds but as the real, flesh-and-bone place were God takes up residence and meets us all.” Alan Roxburgh, Allelon

“… refreshing, timely and challenging … an important book.” David Jeans, Colloquium

“A thought-provoking book that requires an immediate and practical response. … Mission isn’t just something for the sandal-and-socks-wearing missionaries that traipse halfway across the globe to take the gospel to the remote tribes of Africa. We are all called to be Christ’s hands and feet where we live.” Soul Survivor 

The Bible and the Business of Life (ATF, 2004), edited by Simon Carey Holt and Gordon Preece.

An anthology of essays celebrating the 65th birthday of Australian biblical scholar and theologian Professor Robert Banks.

“a welcome and timely contribution to Christian studies.” Midwest Book Review


One Comment

  1. I just read your Ron Ham Tribute which was beautifully written and gave me a huge understanding of all that Ron did in his ministry. Truly inspiring. Thank you for making it available.


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