A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table
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Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table by Bri McKoy is like a handbook to hospitality with recipes, tips, questions for the table, and encouragement. The author begins by describing her relationship with food and goes on to share the ‘tables’ of her life and the impact they have had. She shows how we all have these same ‘tables’ and how significantly they impact us.
“God has no limit to the tables he will seat us around in our lifetimes. Tables of sorrow and brokenness. Tables of joy and celebration. Tables of everydayness. I believe with all my heart that we all have at least one life-defining moment that has happened around a table” (p. 7).
Come and Eat is very much a Bible study, as the author details events from the Bible involving mealtime and stories around the table. She includes verses from Scripture and commentary on their significance. She also shares personal stories from her childhood and marriage.
Each chapter ends with a Prayer for the Table, Questions for the Table, a Recipe for the Table. The appendix features a section with all of the recipes compiled, and a shopping list for everything needed to prepare them. The author includes lists of ideas for hospitality. It doesn’t matter how fancy or simple your ‘table’ is, according to the author. Hospitality isn’t about the physical surroundings as much as the personal relationships nurtured through gathering together. The overriding theme of Come & Eat is that fellowship is the most important nourishment.
The publisher provided a review copy of Come & Eat.