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Here's a life-rocking challenge: Eat like the poor for 40 days, donate the money you save to charity---and show solidarity with the people Jesus cared so much about! Offering Scripture, encouragement, and practical tips, Seay lays out a plan for a Lenten, Advent, or anytime fast---and a radical journey of faith. 224 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
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Publication Date: 2011
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In a culture built on consumption--especially of food--it is easy to forget the poor that Jesus cared so much about. Following the pattern of his successful Advent Conspiracy, Chris Seay invites readers on a journey of self-examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus that will change their lives forever.

He challenges readers to eat like the poor for forty days in solidarity with a much-neglected group of people, and to donate the money they save on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways. But he doesn't expect them to go it alone. A Place at the Table includes a short chapter for each of those forty days with Scripture, reflections, prayers, encouragement, and tips for engaging the whole family in the process. The six-session DVD, shot in such locations as the Holy Land, Haiti, and Ecuador, will help small groups and entire churches go on a passionate journey of radical faith, personal action, solidarity with the poor, and extravagant grace.

Author Bio

Chris Seay is a church planter, author, and third-generation Baptist pastor. He is the pastor of Ecclesia Houston and the author or coauthor of several books, including Advent Conspiracy, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano, and The Gospel According to Jesus. He lives in Texas. www.chrisseay.net

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"A realistic, honest, and compassionate treasure. Anyone escaping the rut of normal through fasting will appreciate Chris's spiritual depth along with his transparency about being human. [This book] is a journey of surrender to God that will usher us from rut dwelling to transformed living." --Lysa Terkeurst, New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave

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    Chris Seay is becoming more of a well-known American pastor and is definitely wanting to challenge many of our perceptions about what it means to live out our faith day-to-day. I've read many blog posts by him, as well as the Advent Conspiracy (I know he has several "the Gospel According to_" books out but I have not read them yet).

    A Place at the Table is a guide for those wishing to do a 40 day fast. The goal is to better empathize with the poor, by eating like how many would across the world and then donating the money saved towards helping them. Fasting obviously works very well during Lent, but he points out that really any time during the year would be fine. The first 50 pages are thoughts about what it means to fast, theological considerations and pragmatically how that might play itself out. The remainder of the pages in the book are his journal entries from when he did a 40 day fast earlier in his life. They contain Scripture passages, some reflections, a prayer and a short profile on someone living in a developing nation. These seem to be the elements one would expect from such a work.

    I think Seay has a great heart and brain and I enjoyed this and look forward to other endeavors from him in the future. This book works solely from "The Voice" Bible translation (which he took part in) and so it was interesting to have that incorporated instead of a more traditional version. If you are looking for a resource that would assist you and others in a church/small group in fasting, I think this would be a very helpful resource for you. Fasting (among other spiritual disciples) is sadly a lost art among many Evangelical Christians today.
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