As the wife of Focus on the Family founder, Dr. James Dobson, Shirley has devoted her life to the ministry and embraced many opportunities to entertain guests. From dignitaries to backdoor neighbors to the family, Shirley has opened her heart and spread the table for all. Danae, James and Shirley's daughter, remembers the gatherings and lovingly recalls what her mother taught her about being kind and extending hospitality.
Now mother and daughter have gathered the stories of those celebrations and get-togethers to inspire others. They've collected time-honored family recipes and dreamed up more than a dozen seasonal parties to share with readers. Award-winning photographer Julie Johnson has artfully photographed each one with special attention to the delicious dishes and lovely table settings.
This beautiful book, as much a family memoir as it is a cookbook and a lesson in blessing others through the art of hospitality, will captivate readers, cooks, and party planners alike.
Shirley Dobson has served as chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force since 1991 and is on the board of directors for her husbands ministry, Dr. James Dobsons Family Talk. Mrs. Dobson holds four honorary degrees, is a nationally recognized author and speaker, and is well-known for her contributions to womens concerns, Christian organizations, and the institution of the family.
Author and featured speaker Danae Dobson began her writing career at the age of 12 and has authored 24 books to date. She is a popular speaker at church-related events, conferences, and seminars for women and teens. Danae has been a guest on television shows including The 700 Club and more than one hundred radio broadcasts. Danae lives in Southern California.
Julie Johnson built a reputation for quality and creative innovation as a photographer. Since establishing her business in 2001, her award-winning work has grown to include studio and on-site portraiture, wedding photojournalism, and four published books, Welcome to Our Table, Prayers for My Baby Girl, Prayers for My Baby Boy, and Southern Teatime Pleasures.
"My wife Jane and I have welcomed many people to our table over the years and we always enjoy fellowship with others. Shirley and Danae have written a unique cookbook sharing not only some fabulous recipes, but assembling them around stories that have taken place around their tables. In Scripture the table represents fellowship while breaking bread' together. This is certainly something that Jesus Christ did while on earth and His presence was a sweet smelling savor.' For believers in Him, we will one day be welcomed to His heavenly table and will truly understand what it means to feast in the glory of His presence. Follow the Dobson women through Welcome to Our Table and then invite others to join you around yours to enjoy a meal, a word of testimony, and fellowship together. You never know how the Lord will use your gift of hospitality to lead others to Him."
Franklin Graham, president and CEO, Samaritan's Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
"This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read! You want to read it from cover to cover in one sittingit is so creative and inspirational, with delicious recipes and gorgeous photos of an amazing family! Our country has been so blessed by the Dobson family's true Christian leadership and teaching of God's plan for our lives! Our whole family loved the book and we are cooking the recipesdelicious!"
Miriam Kincaid Justice
"This is one of the most charming additions of any book of its' kind I have held in my hand. It is beautiful in every way."
Vonette Bright, author of A Woman's Walk in Truth
"You will want several copies of Welcome to Our Tableone to keep and others to give
to brides, cooks, and those desiring new traditions and celebrations. In this beautiful one-of-a-kind book Shirley and Danae open their recipe files, and their hearts, to present delightful decorating ideas and a treasury of tips, menus, and indelible inspiration. What a gift for all your gatherings!"
June Hunt, founder and CEO of Hope For The Heart, author of Seeing Yourself Through God's Eyes