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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
|Publication Date: 2017|
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A simple way to connect your neighborhood, your community and build friendships.
Are you consumed with a busy life but unsure how to slow down? Do you desire connection within your community and think, "Absolutely, but I dont have time for that" or "I cant create that"? What if there was another way through it all, a way to find those moments of peace and to create a time for honest, comfortable connection? What if meeting neighbors and connecting with friends was as simple as showing up and being available?
Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Life changed in her community and it can change in yours, too. Alongside personal and heartwarming stories, Kristin gives you:
Stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise Table
Simple recipes to take outside and share with others
Stories from people using Turquoise Tables in their neighborhoods
Encouragement to overcome barriers that keep you from connecting
New ways to view hospitality
Today, Turquoise Tables are inviting individuals to connect with each other in nearly all fifty states and seven countries. Ordinary people like you wanting to make a difference right where they live.
Community and friendship are waiting just outside your front door.
Kristin Schell is an established speaker and blogger on the subjects of food, faith, and hospitality. Passionate about community, she has served at every level, from grassroots-level work in church and local nonprofits as well our nations capital. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children.
For more information on the Turquoise Table please join Kristin at www.theturquoisetable.com
Kristins book The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard (Thomas Nelson, a part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing) releases in June 2017.
RecipesDealsEtcAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5For the person seeking to learn about hospitalityJune 7, 2017RecipesDealsEtcAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5"Sometimes we are called far and wide on a mission, but more often we are called to love others in our everyday, ordinary lives...right where we live: in our own front yards." Kristen Schell
Part life story, part "how-to" book The Turquoise Table is full of self-reflective quizzes, recipes, activities, and suggestions on how you can begin to be more connected to family and friends right where you are.
Small things like banning electronics from the dinner table will help create boundaries to be more present with family. By giving family members the undivided attention they deserve a standard will be set on how to treat each other.
When space is created for conversation it allows for people to speak deeply. To be unhurried. Brave conversation invites questions about God, relationships, and future dreams. The brave conversation begins when trust is cultivated. Trust is built in time.
Although some of the suggestions in Kristin Schell suggests (like having a picnic table in the front yard) aren't going to be doable for everyone, the premise shouldn't be ignored. We all live incredibly busy lives and yet many peoplewish to pair things down and slow down. To simplify. I love that Schell reminds us that often, the things we crave are directly addressed in scripture. Romans 12:13 "Take every opportunity to open your life and home to others."
I think that much of this book reflects the ideas that are presented with IF:Table.Still, The Turquoise Table is a little less structured, a little more frequent, and a has a lot more variety.
Favorite Tip: Set aside everydaysupplies for "Turquoise Table Time
Favorite Recipe to Try: Old Fashioned Almond Sheet Cake (pg 191-192)
Favorite Suggestion: Choose Hospitality
If you've found yourself looking for new ways to be hospitable this book will be a great resource to you. Perhaps a gift for your favorite neighbor who is always inviting the kids over for cookies, or the college graduate setting off on their own. There is someone in your life who will find The Turquoise Table inspiring and encouraging. Maybe that someone is you.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5BeautifulJune 5, 2017reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard
First, let me talk about the beauty of the book itself. When I requested this book, I was expecting a normal paper-back book about 5x7, you know the standard size. But when I got it? I got a beautiful hardcover book that was more 6.5x8. Not only that, but it has a ribbon marker that comes with it. Inside, scattered throughout the book are beautiful pictures. The writing and size of font begs you to grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and start reading, which is sort of what I did, except I couldn't put my feet up and my coffee might have been gone already. (We were on a 15 hour trip.) The book begs to sit on a coffee table, it's so beautiful
The premise of the book is get out of your back yard and into your front yard. Engage the people in your neighborhood. Sit outside, invite people over, keep it simple. Hospitality is different from entertaining. You don't have to have a fancy spread, just have a welcoming heart. Kristin shares how she uses plastic cups and a water pitcher to sit out on her picnic table to welcome people. She also now has a dog water dish and some dog treats as well so that people walking their dogs can stop and get a drink and the dogs can too. Be friendly, be open, be observant.
It was a good read, a reminder that we are here for so much more than just ourselves and I need to be open and willing to engage in community. Now granted, I don't live in town, so there's not a lot of people walking by my house, actually pretty much no one ever walking by my house, but hospitality isn't limited to living in town. It's not even limited to sitting at a turquoise picnic table in your front yard. Hospitality is first cultivated in the heart and then it spills out over into practical living in many different ways.
I don't have any quotes to share from the book, because I left it at my sister's house this weekend. I had to show her the book because it was so pretty and fit something we were talking about and then she started reading it as well. It's a great gift for someone who is looking for ideas and ways to engage people. There are simple tips and tricks as well as some fun little recipes to try. The book is an easy and fast read, and I don't think you'll be sorry you read it.
This book was given me by Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review.
beautyseeker225 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring and beautiful.May 30, 2017beautyseeker22Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell is one of the most beautiful books I've seen in a long time! It is the perfect book to keep out on your coffee table for easy pick up to be inspired and encouraged. Beyond the cover beauty, the inside is a gem...
Hospitality, community, and togetherness are the core foundation of this book. The stories of all the different turquoise tables will fill you with joy and inspiration, making you want to get your own turquoise table. It's practical, do-able and family friendly. The idea of gathering in your front yard around a simple picnic table with friends, new and old, family and strangers is a concept that our world would do well to grasp. The welcoming, inviting and warm aspect of this concept and idea is hopeful and heartwarming. Not the mention all the delicious and simple recipes offered in this lovely book. This is a new favorite and the perfect summertime read.
**I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in return for an honest review.**
Treenz5 Stars Out Of 5High recommend! Enjoyable, inspiring book to read!May 25, 2017TreenzQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I sat down about an hour and a half ago with this book in hand and have just re-emerged into reality again feeling so inspired, uplifted and excited to get my own "Turquoise Table" too! This book was a true pleasure to read. As I started it I recalled another book I've reviewed recently referring to this 'movement', so it was great to actually hear all about it from the visionary herself - Kristin Schell.
I am pleasantly surprised to hear how this whole thing has become a movement of #frontyardpeople - how cool! This whole concept just appeals to me on so many levels - she really had me convinced straight away on this, but reading all the stories and ideas throughout the book just confirmed over and over that this truly is an amazing idea!
Basically 'The Turquoise Table' is a picnic table painted turquoise that Kristin put in her front yard in hopes to connect with her neighbors and provide a place for people to come and find friendship and community. She was really surprised at the response. She found it was something people were very comfortable with and it made it easy to strike up conversations etc. Even for inviting people over to eat or just for coffee and donuts and you don't have to worry if your house is tidy etc as it's all outdoors. Plus it is so nice to be outdoors and this gives a great excuse for that.
This book is so easy to read. Along with stories from others experiences with their turquoise tables, she shares recipes for treats you may like to share around your turquoise table. There are also collected ideas of 'events' you could do and much more. It brought tears to my eyes how much this simple concept has really affected and blessed her community and many others across the world already. I love that people have caught onto this and so glad I know about it, to look out for them as well as have my own as soon as I am able.
Hospitality isn't entertaining. Hospitality is serving others and providing a place for them to be heard and looked after and that's what this is all about. It's not about impressing others with things - it's a place for sharing and being present with each other and most of all connecting. An effort to get people out of there isolated boxes and back in community with each other again - and it's working!
I must also say at this point the book itself is beautiful!! It's a hard back with the table design as the background with gold ribbon and spine and writing on the front. It is just really pretty. The page design is really lovely too.
I would recommend this book very highly. I have to say I absolutely enjoyed reading every bit of it - I love it and definitely consider this a favorite.
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book for purposes of review however the opinions expressed are entirely my own.