Sabbath Lounge Interviews Karyn Dunavant about her new book Why We Eat by Debarim Publishing.
From a young age, Karyn has been involved in and fascinated by the preparation of food. She grew up in a fundamentalist non-denominational Christian assembly, in which she heard a lot of scripture read...and misapplied. In both cases, what was taught lacked the substantial nature of integrity that she was made to long for. Learning to cook involved a number of commercially prepared food products, and the Christian teaching offered a packaged lifestyle that satisfied just about as little. As an adult, released from this particular sect, she tested out doctrines of other forms, both for church and for food. At the age of 30, The Word introduced Himself. As her Nourisher, Teacher, Deliverer, Protector. As He detangled religion from truth, she received a full, integral faith, not limited to parts of her being. Through the discipline of learning to perceive The Word in everyday experiences, she realized that He was more than a book--He was The Bread and Living Word that carried the integrity worth trusting, and the wholeness that she'd been pursuing through physics health and fitness...yet missing.
Karyn is a wife (of 14 years) to Drew, and mother of 5. They have received from Abba an 1880 farmhouse (which they are slowly restoring) in Richmond, VA, on 5 agricultural acres—in the middle of a small-lot residential subdivision! Their desire to pursue integrity by The Word together has been tried and blessed, on repeat. Their desire is to work hard, live simply, and render hospitality and all Good Things Abba places into their hands—willingly, at all times. Karyn's pregnancy and childbirth experiences have deepened her faith in YHVH as her One Care Provider, Protector and Deliverer. She longs for all mothers to experience the shalom of receiving this personal and perfect care that can only be enjoyed by a true and integral faith, and that The Bride of Yeshua would receive her inheritance of integral well-being by remaining under a single Authority. Delivered and forgiven of idolatry, she enjoys receiving strength through fitness, and learning better ways to cultivate and prepare Good Things for her family.