Come to the Family Table: Slowing Down to Enjoy Food, Each Other, and Jesus  -     By: Ted Cunningham, Amy Cunningham
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When we pass food among those we love, we share laughter, allow transparency, and extend grace. The family table is where parents model Christ's love, grandparents provide wisdom, children experience a sense of belonging, and friends enjoy hospitality. Inspired by the slow food movement, Come to the Family Table provides your family with intentional strategies to engage one another relationally as you walk with Christ.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1631463667
ISBN-13: 9781631463662

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In our busy world, family time around the dinner table is easily displaced by other things. Ted and Amy Cunningham call parents to a slower way of living that allows them to intentionally build into their family’s relational and spiritual fabric and into the community around them.

No more rushing to the table for a quick bite so we can get back to our other activities. Prioritizing mealtime slows us down long enough to enjoy our food, each other, and Jesus. Inspired by the slow food movement, Come to the Family Table seeks to encourage families with intentional strategies to engage one another and create the table as a space for practical ministry to their community.

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After a long day of appointments and errands, I don’t always want to come home in the evening and cook a meal. As a stay at home mom, I’m often pulled in many directions and my energy level is almost depleted by the time 5 o’clock rolls around. Come to the Family Table invites all families, especially the busy ones, to be intentional about sharing a meal together.

By coming to the table, we open the door to more than just sharing food together. The family table is where we create memories, share what’s on our hearts, and model Christ’s love through hospitality. This book helped me be intentional about meal times with my family and encouraged me to engage relationally with them and our guests.

This book shares practical ideas on how to spend quality time with family and friends around the dinner table. At the end of each chapter, the authors suggest one of their favorite recipes, a game, and a family devotional. I enjoyed reading this book for its practical application. The suggestions in each chapter have been a valuable resource for prioritizing meal times for my family. I recommend this book to all families who are looking for deeper fellowship together.

Rated G: Appropriate for all ages, although the target audience is parents.
Prioritizing mealtime slows us down long enough to enjoy our food, each other, and Jesus. Inspired by the slow food movement, Come to the Family Table seeks to encourage families with intentional strategies to engage one another and create the table as a space for practical ministry to their community.
In our busy world, family time around the dinner table is easily displaced by other things. In Come to the Family Table, Ted and Amy Cunningham challenge families to prioritize meeting together at mealtime, engaging with each other, fostering a greater sense of belonging, and modeling Christ’s love. The book offers conversation starters, recipes, biblical insights, and all sorts of practical strategies for creating greater community and hospitality in the home.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Better for families with older children
    August 30, 2016
    Kendra
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    "Come to the Family Table provides your family with intentional strategies to engage one another relationally as you walk with Christ. The Cunninghams will help you prioritize mealtime with reflections and practical advice, family devotions, recipes, and game ideas. It's time to craft a vibrant experience around your family table." (cover)

    This book is divided into two parts--the table is for us, and the table is for others. It was easy to read and had some helpful tips and points to consider as we work to make the most of our family mealtimes. Most of this book seemed geared toward families with older children, especially the devotions and games. I have three preschoolers and I don't think any of those would work well for them. The chapter that stood out most to me was entitled "The Family Constitution." My husband and I hope to develop something like this for our family, and the Cunninghams included a copy of their family's constitution, which was helpful as an example.

    I love to cook and eat, have great memories of family bonding around the table as a child, enjoy hosting people in my home, and am always interested in ways to teach and engage my children in life-giving ways, so this book definitely caught my eye. It didn't end up being what I'd hoped for or expected, again maybe because of the stage of life we're in with small children. I think it would be most helpful to the family who is not accustomed to eating meals together around a table or to hosting others in their home.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
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