“Jan Martinez has taken two towns, Sychar and Spokane; two meeting places, Jacob’s Well and Christ’s Kitchen; and Jesus, and skillfully woven them into stunning tapestry of hope for women in poverty. Read this, and thank God for this companion in the faith who has made it her vocation to mentor women out of poverty and into a life full of hope.”
—Eugene H. Peterson, professor of spiritual theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC; translator of The Message.
“This book documents the silent life screams of broken, mangled, misused women. As the result of Jan’s own encounter with evil treatment and her healing through the living Christ, she has been able to help so many women match the torn, jagged pieces of their experiences with the giving grace of a mending, merciful, and transforming God. Once Jan knew the Jesus who “healed her broken image and changed her everything,” she put pen to paper and wrote a book that must be read."
—Jill Briscoe, popular international Bible teacher and author of over forty books, including 8 Choices That Will Change a Woman’s Life and Out of the Storm and Into God’s Arms
“Jan writes with energy and insight and polish. It is rare to read a book about such a vital subject written in such a vital style. Her book both disturbed and inspired me; I suspect it will do the same for you. I highly recommend it.”
—Gerald L. Sittser, Professor of Theology, Whitworth University, and author of A Grace Disguised and Water From a Deep Well
“Jan has engaged women at the social margins of Spokane and introduced them to the extravagant love of Jesus that turns grace, love and forgiveness into the fine art of employment and enjoyment for many. This is a great book - unique, grounded biblically and with global implications.”
—Raymond J. Bakke, Chancellor of Bakke Graduate University and author of A Theology as Big as the City
“Walking beside Dr. Jan Martinez in her razor-raw-edged book, Christ Kitchen, (think Oswald Chambers meets Anne Lamott here) is a chance for us “average/normal/middle-class” Christians to walk beside her in the trenches. Christ Kitchen will change the way you think about poverty and those who grow up in it. And you’ll be the richer for it.”
—Ronna Snyder, author of Hot Flashes from Heaven
“Jan Martinez models a creative approach to empowering the poor that really works. Read this book if you want to be inspired to join God’s overarching mission to redeem the world. Prepare to be personally transformed by the experience.”
—Arloa Sutter, Author of The Invisible; What the Church Can Do to Find and Serve the Least of These, & Executive Director of Breakthrough Urban Ministries