I 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!
From 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.
When 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!
I 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.