a taste of grace


Roger W. Lowther invites you to explore how the delicious and creative foods of Japan give hints of Christ’s love and care for us every day. Taste

God’s beauty and grace in each of these wonderful Japanese culinary traditions.

“The stories here have the power to open both your ears and your eyes. And they might do something for your taste buds too.”

—Pierce Taylor Hibbs, author of Finding God in the Ordinary

“We begin even now to taste and delight in the reality of heaven.”

—A Taste of Grace

“We are in God's house. We are in his kitchen.”

—A Taste of Grace

"Through these foods, we can draw closer to God's beauty and grace."

—A Taste of Grace

"Our need for food speaks of a beautiful dependence

on a powerful yet loving Creator

who desires a deep relationship with us."

—A Taste of Grace

"The aromas of this incredible banquet already begin

to waft through the air of our waiting world."

—A Taste of Grace

"As we savor each and every bit, we physically taste and see

the sweetness of the goodness of God."

—A Taste of Grace


“Ever stumble on a book that's delicious and nourishing for the soul? This is one of those rare treasures. You'll find gentle encouragement and grace on every page.”

—MARGARET FEINBERG, author of Taste and See

“This book could be called ‘The Gospel according to Japanese Cuisine.’ Lowther revels in the preparation, presentation, and tastes of the foods of Japan, the country he has called home for nearly two decades, drawing out lessons on such themes as sacrifice and imperishability. From pickling vegetables to pounding mochi to fermenting rice for sake and imbibing it with friends, A Taste of Grace offers a series of bite-size reflections that educate about Japanese food culture while also inviting us to see the goodness of God in it all.”


“In A Taste of Grace, Roger Lowther introduces readers to a range of Japanese dishes, unfurling the lessons God teaches through each one. In Lowther’s words, these meals ‘give life and hope in a world of brokenness and sadness.’ If you are hungering for assurance of God’s abounding creativity and grace, this book will provide the nourishment you seek!”

— KENDALL VANDERSLICE, founder, Edible Theology Project; author, By Bread Alone and We Will Feast

“A Taste of Grace is, quite literally, ‘food for thought’! Lowther skillfully weaves together biblical references and imagery concerning food with his own experiences with and insights into Japanese foods and culinary traditions. The result is a fascinating spiritual feast that leaves one in wonder at how God has indeed ‘not left himself without witness’ (Acts 14:17) in the cultures of the world.”

—RON MAN, author of Let Us Draw Near

“A Taste of Grace transported me through stories and metaphors into a new way of perceiving and delighting in the cuisine of Japan and the nourishment of God’s truth. He is right: ‘Through the limitless variety of food, we get just a small taste of the limitless creativity of God.’ Don’t miss this feast of a book!”

—ROBIN HARRIS, president of Global Ethnodoxology Network, chair of Center for Excellence in World Arts at Dallas International University

“Roger Lowther has done it again! With beautiful insight and sensitivity, he traces the fingerprints of the gospel in traditional Japanese culture—this time around, in its unique cuisine. ‘Taste and see’ how God has abundantly blessed these islands with tastes of his goodness.”

—SARAH HINLICKY WILSON, author of Pearly Gates and A Tumblin’ Down

“Roger Lowther feeds us in a way that fills our stomachs while nourishing our hearts with God's grace. May more Japanese come into a deeper relationship with God through the beauty of Japanese cuisine.”

—DON WRIGHT, former chairman of Reaching Japan for Christ, former president of Japan Evangelical Missionary Association


A Taste of Grace is also available in Japanese in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.

Q: What is the message of A Taste of Grace?

A: The unique foods of the world are a generous gift from God that speak of his daily love and care for us.

Q: What prompted you to write A Taste of Grace?

A: I used to view food scientifically as fuel for our bodies and socially as a way to bring people together. But through 18 years of eating the foods of Japan, I began to see God's deeper message of beauty through brokenness and hope in suffering. I tasted how intimately and powerfully God shares his message of grace with the nations of the world, and I wanted to delight in that message with others.

Q: What do you hope readers glean from reading A Taste of Grace?

A: God continually shares his message of hope through suffering with us.

Q: What did you enjoy most about writing the book?

A: Sharing these stories with my Japanese friends as I was writing them to get their feedback and see if there was any truth to what I was saying. I especially loved the way it opened to further conversations about food, many more than I share in the book.

Q: What other writing projects are you working on?

A: My next book will be called Hidden Beauty which leads through the "hidden" beauty of God in the ordinary things of life in Japan. I am also working on another children's book which tells the story of the tsunami violin. I am halfway through my biggest endeavor so far, a large devotional study tentatively called 75 Verses for Artists, which looks at parts of the Bible that especially speak to me as I think about the role of the arts in foreign missions.


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