And Miles is passionate about food and cooking. "Foodies" will find much in this story to enjoy, including her accounts of her early years working in restaurants. It is at this point of celebration of food and the bodies of the poor and broken who become part of the community that runs the food panty at St Gregory's, that I think Miles, without directly making the point in theological terms has put her finger on one of the deepest difficulties of the Christian community - that it has retained against the deepest logic of its own founding story, the reality of the incarnation, too much of a residual gnosticism that is uneasy with the body and the goodness of the created order. Miles testimony of conversion through food and through remembering the body of Christ represents even if indirectly a powerful challenge to that residual, unidentified gnosticism. For that at least I would want to unreservedly thank her.
For the rest of the disturbance of my residual evangelical sensibilities, I will have to accept that as part of my own ongoing conversion, and acknowledge it as a price well worth paying for the encouragement I have received from Miles' lively account of a very radical conversion.