Passing On a Heritage: A Guest Post by Patty Schell

   Katy here. I would like to introduce a new writer to my blog. Patty Schell wears many hats including Bible study author and creative chef. In this post, she combines those two talents to prepare an intriguing post for you, filled with a moving story, Scripture, and a delicious recipe. May your heart be inspired and your household blessed by this post.

“I am reminded of your sincere faith,
a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois
and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”
2 Timothy 1:5 ESV

   Something extraordinary happened in the midst of the hopelessness found in the WWII concentration camps. The women shared recipes with each other, some even writing cookbooks. You may be wondering why in the world they did such a thing as the misery and death surrounded them. The truth is—the "food talk" as they called it boosted their sense of community. They taught each other the art of cooking and baking even though they did not possess the ingredients to prepare the recipes. Through this they kept the hope of their culture alive.

   The article Cookbooks and Concentration Camps: Unlikely Partners points out that “teaching assumes there will be a future. Valued information is passed along, usually to the next generation, to be used in everyday situations, challenges, and problems. With it a feeling of confidence and optimism is created.”1

   We find this idea in 2 Timothy 2:9 (ESV) in which Paul says he is “bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!” It is somewhat like those cookbooks that made their way out of the camps in hope of preserving a culture. Paul knew if the Scriptures were shared, God’s ways would be spread into the lives of generations to come.

   The knowledge that God’s word cannot be bound spurs me on. I want to pass along the importance of living a life guided by God’s word. I believe that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV). God’s instruction can give us guidance in our actions, restore us when we falter, and nurture us as we grow. I have found it to be trustworthy and of great value. I would love to see it at work in the next generation and the next, bringing its salvation and glory with it.

   Look at the following passage from Proverbs 4 (NIV). This “recipe” for life that God has passed along to us is full of ingredients that will produce something pretty wonderful when we follow the directions in God’s inspired Scriptures.

A Recipe from Proverbs 4

“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.” (v.1-2)  

  • "Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live." (v.4)
  •  "Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them." (v.5)
  • "Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; Love her, and she will watch over you." (v.6)
  • "Cherish her, and she will exalt you;" (v.8)
  • "Embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland of grace on your head and present you with a glorious crown.” (v.8-9)

"My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words." (v.20)

  • "Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body." (v.21-22)
  • "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (v.23)

   There is much more in this chapter of Proverbs 4, and I encourage you to take a look for yourself. You’ll find good words to live by, instructions that will take the Christian culture forward bringing hope and a sincere faith through knowing God’s words. It’s a heritage that can last well past a lifetime. We see the proof as we realize our lives have been touched by the faithfulness of two women—Lois and Eunice. They passed a faith in God to Timothy who passed it on and centuries later, it has made its way to us.


  When I think of the future generations embracing the word of God and learning to live by His plan, I want to celebrate. Our family has a cake that shows up for most birthdays, showers, or special events. It is often requested when I am invited to a gathering of any kind. And I want to pass the recipe on to you to enjoy. The cake itself is just a common yellow cake mix baked according to the directions on the box, but the frosting brings it up to the celebration level.

Browned Butter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Melt butter in small skillet over medium low heat. Continue to cook and keep a close watch until butter becomes golden in color. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  2. In mixer, beat cream cheese until creamy.
  3. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  4. Pour in melted butter. Beat until smooth.
  5. Continue mixing, adding powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and beating briefly after each addition. Add a little milk to keep frosting at a mixable consistency.
  6. Add vanilla, beating until incorporated.
  7. Get in on the cake before you eat it all with a spoon.
  8. Enjoy!


More reading on concentration camp cookbooks—

In Memories Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezin edited by Cara de Silva
Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival by June Feiss Hersh


1 Cookbooks and Concentration Camps: Unlikely Partners, Jewish Virtual Library,, accessed March 6, 2017.

© Copyright 2017 by Patty Schell


About Patty

Patty Schell is a woman who has quite a hat collection. Her jobs include keeper of the home, creator of beautiful things, and cooker of much yumminess. But, the role she enjoys the most is student of the Bible.  Patty currently serves at her local church as an encourager of women, challenging them to embrace this journey called Life and live it God’s way. She is a contributor to online magazines Refresh, Life Letter Café, Be New Today, and ALTARWORK. She is also currently working on a Bible study called Legacy: Living NOW for Future Generations.  On weekends, Patty and her husband become builders of loft houses for the needy in Mexico. And not to be forgotten, she’s a mother to three and grandmother to ten. Yes, Patty does wear a lot of hats, but wouldn’t have it any other way. Following God takes you on the best adventures. You can read more from her on her blog: Girl on Adventure at


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Comments (5)

  • anon

     Cookbooks from a concentration camp! I didn't know these existed. Patty's post connecting the hope generated by sharing recipes to sharing God's Word is brilliant! 

    Mar 23, 2017
  • anon

    My daughter actually told me she had heard about the cookbooks. I have since purchased a few of them. One has the recipes in the orginal language and English. There is something very touching about their effort to perserve their culture by writing out their recipes.

    Mar 23, 2017
  • anon

    I love the idea of passing along heritage through recipes. Patty has a clever way of using yummy recipes to point to God.
    I have eaten her brown butter frosting. It's SO GOOD!
    Beautiful post from a beautiful woman of God. 

    Mar 23, 2017
  • anon

    Thanks, Beckie.  God is so gracious to use simple things to pass along His story.

    Mar 23, 2017
  • anon

    I loved idea of using scripture like a recipe.  The women in my family like to cook together and spend time together.  The image of sharing recipes even if you don't have the ingredients really spoke to me.  What a blessing to pass on our heritage of Christ!!!

    Mar 23, 2017

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