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Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2017
Beloved author Sally Clarkson (The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, Desperate) believes that meals lovingly served at homeand the time spent gathered together around the tableare a much-needed way to connect more deeply with our families and open our kids hearts. Food and faith, mingled in everyday life, become the combination for passing on Gods love to each person who breaks bread with us.
In The Lifegiving Table, Sally shares her own family stories, favorite recipes, and practical ideas to help you get closer to the people you love . . . and grow in faith together.
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Laura Rene5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it, lots of wisdomOctober 28, 2017Laura ReneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I first read her well-known book The Lifegiving Home and mentioned it a few times on here and how much I loved it. So when I saw she had a new book called The Lifegiving Table that focused on food and meals, I was all in! I am such a fan of food and I've always connected it with celebration...when you have a party or gathering or even a friend over for tea, there has to be food! Author Sally Clarkson takes it a step further by connecting not only celebration with food but also spirituality. She explains how the warmth, comfort, and welcoming of a delicious meal can nurture conversation as well as evangelization. This is particularly important in raising our own families, but also in inviting others in (similar to my post about inviting the lonely). I not only loved the message of this book but also the layout and 'extras.' The first few chapters focus on the core message of the book. The rest of the chapters are divided into ways we can live this out (birthday meals, everyday meals, Christmas meals, meals on the go, etc.). Each chapter includes some devotional verses and questions, as well as practical ideas to put into practice. Sally Clarkson is fast becoming a favorite author/mentor for me, and this book affirmed that. Five stars.
Jade =)Grand Prairie, TXAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lovely reminder from Sally as alwaysOctober 19, 2017Jade =)Grand Prairie, TXAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith Through Feasting, One Meal at a Time is chock full of wisdom, inspiration, scripture and yummy recipes, all stemming from Sally Clarkson's 30+ years of experience as a wife, mother and ministry leader. A beautiful follow up to her book, The Lifegiving Home, you'll want to add this to your ever-growing Clarkson collection. Sally weaves personal stories, scripture and practical tips - from how to set the mood to detailed recipes for specific tasty treats - to slow down that hurried dinner and make something quality out of it, finding those moments to celebrate life around the table, create memories and draw nearer to one another and the LORD. I appreciate that while she makes it seem so effortless, she acknowledges that it's not... it takes work and lots of prayer to make the dinner table more than a quick pit stop in our day. She touches on how to make simple meals to elaborate feasts mean something, how to celebrate milestones, find the joy in the holiday rush, and getting your week started right around your table! I think we could all use these reminders of taking the time to enjoy our meals together, rather than seeing them as an obligation or a rushed, chaotic pause in our day. Once again, Sally knocks it out of the ballpark - and brings home her message of love, faith and family in this inspiring book!
Tyndale Blog Network provided me with this complimentary title in exchange for my honest review.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Nurturing Faith and Strengthening Family Ties Around the TableOctober 16, 2017Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If my dining room table could talk, it might begin with a story about cinnamon rolls whose aroma can pull family out of bed like a giant magnet. Smiling and sleepy, they sniff their way toward the dining room and the warm welcome of a breakfast gathering. My scratched up table might share memories of voices singing or arguing; of conversations with missionaries, old friends, and people who became new friends; of the sound of laughter that accompanies holiday homecomings and boisterous birthdays.
Our gatherings around the table for feasting and fun are symbolic, a pale adumbration of a larger feast, and Sally Clarkson points her readers toward this truth in The Lifegiving Table. Remembering her own familys heritage of traditions, she shares her motivation behind it all: The soul satisfaction of belonging to one another, the anchor of commonly held traditions, and the understanding that our home was a sanctuary from all the pressures and storms of life. (5)
Her exhortation is well-timed, for North American culture is characterized by a speed and complexity that leans more toward fast-food in the mini-van than family meals around a table. Statistics gathered by The Six OClock Scramble website indicate that the frequency of family dinners has declined 33 percent over the past two decades with the average time spent at a dinner table shrinking to a mere twelve minutes. Studies also show that children and teens who enjoy more than three family dinners per week eat more healthfully, are less likely to be overweight, perform better academically, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. (13)
Its clear that time spent around a life-giving table nourishes more than just our bodies.
The food is only an exclamation point!
The rhythm that pulses under The Lifegiving Table is a mothers deep desire to build memories and traditions that nurture close relationships among her children and to point always and ever to the faith that is foundational to everything she does. Intentional time around a table may be elaborate or simple; a gathering of the troops or a face to face, one-on-one heart-to-heart talk.
I read Sallys book straight through, underlining and nodding and gathering inspiration, but the book could also be treated as a reference, for each chapter stands alone with very practical principles for some aspect of table-love alongside scripture verses to ponder, a gentle push in the form of suggested activities, and then, recipes that come from Sallys tried and true collection.
Practicing rhythms of life around a table is enriching for many reasons. These are some of our familys favorites, and The Lifegiving Table offers a wealth of resources for each one:
1. Shaping a family culture
I was sharing a youngest-son glory moment with his oldest brother, and was surprised at his response: Well, of course. Hes a Morin. It turns out that our boys have a very strong sense of this is who we are as a family. Our prayer is that as they mix and mingle with people of many faiths and persuasions, they will continue to hold fast to the bedrock of this is why we believe and this is what we stand for. Values and traditions that shape and define a family are picked up and carried forward through shared goals and strong relationships that form a legacy over a lifetime together.
2. Practicing conversation
It was a relief to me to read that sometimes things got loud around the Clarksons table. Dinner time conversation is a great place for trying out convictions, arguing an opinion, or validating thought processes. It has been my goal to draw each child into the conversation so each would have the floor at some point (for at least a few seconds!), but I had no idea how obvious I was being in this quest until my youngest as a toddler turned toward his dad during a lull in the conversation and asked, And how was your day? with the exact tone of voice I would have used.
3. Celebrating everything!
In sharing this favorite G.K. Chesterton quote, Sally urges parents to tap into the natural exuberance of our children to put on display the celebratory nature of God:
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, Do it again; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, Do it again to the sun; and every evening, Do it again to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. (91)
4. Pursuing discipleship in the midst of life
A discipleship that cannot make room for the ordinary is unrealistic.
Growth toward God can happen in an atmosphere of fun, and whatever we plan for our day-to-day, line upon line, precept upon precept building into our children must fit our family culture well enough to be sustainable over the long haul. Realism dictates that we shelve perfectionism. If our family had waited for perfect conditions in which to practice hospitality or implement family devotions . . . wed still be waiting.
5. Making love your goal
We are made to love and to be loved. How sad when children go looking to have this need met outside their family, when the life-giving table is the perfect medium for seeds of friendship to flourish right in the home.
What makes a table lifegiving is what happens at the table.
If relationship is the goal, a life-giving table can be found anywhere people come together to find refreshment for body, soul, and spirit, and where the value of relationship is based on the value of individuals as Gods image bearers and much-loved children.
This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Michelle5 Stars Out Of 5A Lifegiving Table, the Center of a Loving Home Discipling ChildrenOctober 5, 2017MichelleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting, One Meal at a Time by Sally Clarkson is the much anticipated sequel to her previous book The Lifegiving Home. This book extends the great work she started in the previous one, showing how the table can be the center of a nurturing home where all family members are showered with love and children are discipled in daily life. If you have heard Sally speak in the past, you may have heard her talk about some of her favorite recipes. This book includes some of her most beloved recipes with ideas how to use them in your own home. I love how Sally shares her gifts of hospitality and how practical and simple she makes hospitality for her readers. I rarely read numerous nonfiction books by an author and I rarely purchase hard copies of books these days. But I have deeply enjoyed many books by this author, and this one does not disappoint! Also, I am so glad that I purchased a hard copy of this book so that I can use it frequently in my kitchen. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to create a loving home that welcomes all who enter. All of Sally Clarksons books are worth savoring and revisiting often. Buy this book! You will not regret it.
Jenn V5 Stars Out Of 5A guide to transform your table...and your heart.October 3, 2017Jenn VQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've only read the first 4 chapters but I've been reading Sally's books for years. The messages God has given her to share will encourage, equip and bless you. I know this because they've done it for me.
After reading just the first four chapters, I've found a shift in my thinking and in my heart. Personally, we always eat at the table as a family! But cultivating a lifegiving table is a little bit more than that. You'll have to read the book to see! I will say it's filled with stories, recipes and practical ideas to help you guide you and transform your own table.
And I can't wait to try out Sally's family recipes.
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