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The story of God is full of references to food. From the Garden of Eden to the Last Supper to the wedding feast of the Lamb, God sets a table before us and invites us to join Him there.
Contrast this rich and filling good news with the thin and meager fare to which we've become accustomed in our relationships, in our churches, or even in our families. We comsume fast food in front of our smartphones, never facing each other, barely acknowledging the existence of one another. We consume bite-size Scriptures and reduce our world so that we can move through it quickly without being distracted by the activities that surround us.
It's time to look up from our tablets and notice our neighbors, our loved ones, our Lord. Leonard Sweet's From Tablet to Table shows us how to repent of our "tabletized" ways and rediscover the gift of fellowship, story-based faith, and the fullness of life as God intends it.
Number of Pages: 196
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.25 (inches)|
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What if the Bible were seen less as a tablet of ink than as a table of food? From Tablet to Table invites readers to explore the importance of The Table in biblical theology, and what it might mean for us to bring back the table to our homes, our churches, and our neighborhoods. The table pictures the grace of Gods provision for all aspects of our lives, a place of safe gathering, of finding identity in shared stories, of imparting food and faith, of playing host and finding satisfaction as a guest. Sweet explores how our failure to understand and appreciate the most sacred item of furniture in every home has created such a deficit in our fast-food, take-what-you-like-smorgasbord, together-but-separate society.
BobHudson, OhioAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Dine on this one!June 1, 2016BobHudson, OhioAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought this book for summer reading. I thought since it was a shorter book and Sweet is usually an easy and engaging read, I would wolf it down like a fast food meal. Fortunately I dined on the book. I read it slowly a chapter or two a week and then read it again to teach two different classes. This book has helped me how I raise my children and the importance of the dinner table. But it has also helped me how I teach and how I serve in the church, by using more Biblical stories in all we do. You don't have to agree with everything he writes for it to drastically impact you. Read it and dine on it! You'll enjoy it!
Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review, "From Tablet To Table"February 3, 2015Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From Tablet To Table: Where Community Is Found And Identity Is Formed, Author: Leonard Sweet, Published By: NavPress in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, is a publication the hopes to spark the need to take our eyes off our technology and focus them on others.
This publication desires to help its reader understand that in our technologically advanced society we have lost sight of the importance of personal interaction, personal interaction with other people.
Leonard divides this book into two sections: Table It and Life's Three Tables. Section one, Table It, carries the reader through the importance of the table and what is needed to begin the change back to a proper perspective. Section two, Life's Three Tables, centers its teaching around properly setting up our lives and our focus, at home, at church and in the world.
This publication addresses an important issue, thus it can be a vital asset for any Christian family.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
Gail5 Stars Out Of 5Review: From Table to TableJanuary 29, 2015GailQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I read the title for Leonard Sweets latest book my initial thought was curiosity over how he would be presenting how to live out what we learn in the Bible. While my initial thought was partial correct so much more was presented in this book. From Tablet to Table is not a long book, a little over 160 pages. Sweet takes the reader through an in-depth look at where a follower of Jesus identity should be formed and also the importance of a practice that is a quickly dying - that of the table. Sweet explains how important the table and meals were in Scripture. One interesting point he made is that Jesus was always a guest at dinner but you see Him acting as the host. It was important to Jesus, and yet it easily gets over looked when looking at what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Sharing a meal over a table. No distractions. No time frames. Just you and your family, or friends, or perhaps your enemy. Sweet walks you through the importance and how the table forms who we are.
I left the book encouraged to protect family dinners and challenged to not under estimate the power of gathering around the table and sharing a meal. One other take away has to do with how I view the Bible; a reminder that it was not written in "verse" form but rather story form. I easily look at the verses and forget that it is part of a bigger story. Walked away with the reminder to do both. An interesting and intriguing book that challenges your thinking and understanding of the importance of the table, sharing a meal, and being a follower of Jesus.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it. Thanks Tyndale House Publishing!
GiniBDallas, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5From Tablet to TableJanuary 3, 2015GiniBDallas, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had not read Sweet in quite a while. So I requested this book for review as a change of pace. If you have not read Sweet be prepared to work harder and think more just to decide if you agree with his views or not. His style is easy, but it is deep. But, such a wealth of sources! Just his end notes are worth the rest of the book.
Yes, I like Sweet, but I do get frustrated sometimes trying to stay with him along the way. This book is no exception in my opinion. The tablet to table works metaphor, but he meanders around it in a variety ways while looking at the malaise of the Western church and society. The subtitle goes like this---where community is found and identity is formed. That gives the reader a place to start. He has divided his thoughts into two basic sections both revolving around the meaning and practice of table fellowship with the table appearing in numerous forms. In essence it boils down to the heart, both in practice and knowledge. Familiar, but generally unheeded in so many ways.
Buy this book, sit down with it, and plan to spend some time thinking about it. Its worth the effort, I think. I intend to go back through it and spend more time with it. Theres so many gems of wisdom and wit within his writing, and Sweets ability to link Jesus, Nicodemus, Iain McEwan, Wesley, and Johnny Cash successfully amazes me. Yep, theyre all in there.
I received this book from the publisher through the generous folks at Tyndale in exchange for a review.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5True and Delightful!January 1, 2015Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've been wanting to try a book by Leonard Sweet for quite a while. His newest work "Tablet to Table" proved an ideal place to start.
This is a straight-from-the-heart treatise on good food and the eating of it.
When you really think about it, what did Jesus give us at the Last Supper? What was Communion?
It was a meal together, with all the steps that meals entail-food grown, harvested, prepared, served, and eaten.
All in memory of Him.
How... ordinary. How... natural. How... simple. How... joyful. How... healing. How... perfect.
That was His idea of a sacrament.
Most people I know would never dream of entering a Church and receiving Communion.
It turns them off for many reasons, some legitimate and some petty.
Yet these same heretics instinctively understand the beauty of meals eaten with their people.
(We've made sacraments much more obscure and obtuse than they need to be. It doesn't diminish the holy if you have vegetable lasagna, chocolate chip cookies and strawberries as your bread and wine.)
Imagine how many more people would come to the Lord's Table if they experienced it as a meal with friends in the presence of God?
I think, like Len suggests, that if we preached a Table Gospel, these same folks would respond.
They'd find their cravings satisfied with His food.
The title of this book interests me, because it can have two meanings.
We picture the Word of God coming down from heaven on the stone tablets, and for Moses it did.
Yet once the Word was given, how did they make it their own?
That happened around tables, where human beings refreshed themselves and thought about what God had done so far.
And today, we can get the Word again on tablets, the electronic kind, with Bible studies and sermons and products designed for Christians.
Yet how do we invite our friends into His Word?
It's probably done best through our tables, where mystery and revelation go together with steak and mushrooms.
This short little book will get you inspired to be a Table Christian.
Len helps us see food as Divine provision *and* loving human handiwork, resulting in communal benefits of nutrition, pleasure, and fellowship.
(There's no bias against take-out here either, so don't fear a unwarranted cooking burden on your back.)
You'll be encouraged to make dining a sacred thing, not by being formal but by being conscious of God's place with you at the table.
Arguments and bitter words should have no place at a meal... especially with kids around.
Let's serve each other grace with our salads and pizzas.
You'll be amazed at the power of Table Talk- the stories that slip out when people grow comfortable, the way we want to share our hearts in safety.
Ruth and Boaz shared food in the barley field, Abraham and Sarah made dinner for the Angel of the Lord. Great things happen, then and now, when we get people around a table.
As far as I'm concerned, Tablet to Table could be three times longer, and it would have been fascinating. As it is, it's a more succinct read, but quite enjoyable.
Thank you Tyndale and NavPress for my review copy.