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Review: The Life Giving Table

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Review: The Life Giving Table

The Life Giving Table by Sally Clarkson
Reviewed by: Caitlin Anderson
Genre: Christian Life
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

If you’ve ever read The Life Giving Home, you’ll want to pick up Sally Clarkson’s next installment, The Life Giving Table. If you are a fan of Shauna Niquist’s books but want to hear the same message from someone a little farther down the road, you’ll want to pick up this book. And if you want to learn the what it looks like to love like Jesus around feasting and tables, this book is for you.

“Godly legacies are built, in other words, when we bring the life of Christ to the table through the grace of loving relationships and intimacy shared moment by moment. This is the essence of table discipleship. But doing it well requires both vision and commitment.”

Throughout the book, Sally shares stories about how she learned the vision and commitment to cultivating a godly family. It required a lot of hard work and she offers insights on how to adapt what she learned.

When I hear about homemaking, I tend to stiffen up and think about unhealthy extremes from the 1950s or even the massive contradictions and expectations on modern women. But Sally’s books always surprise me. I find them to be truly life giving as I amen and underline my way through them.

This passage was underlined heavily in my copy of the book – “It’s about sustainability – discovering ways to sustain ourselves when life gets challenging and to tend to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our household along the way. It’s about learning to flex in the moment when life is interrupted without losing overall rhythms and without condemning yourself for failing. Unless we can make a plan that fits our needs, pressures, and seasons of life, we will constantly feel inadequate to keep our goals intact. Without a focus on sustainability, none of us will be able to do what God has called us to.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m all about Life Giving, sustainable, and godly rhythms.

Rated G: Not a book that a kid would pick up.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!


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