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COME TO THE FAMILY TABLE by TED and AMY CUNNINGMAM REVIEWED


Come to the Family Table
By Ted and Amy Cunningham
Published NavPress
ISBN#978-1-63146-366-2
201 Pages

Back Cover: In our busy world, family time around the dinner table is easily displaced by other things. Ted and Amy Cunningham call parents to a slower way of living that allows them to intentionally build into their family’s relational and spiritual fabric and into the community around them.

No more rushing to the table for a quick bite so we can get back to our other activities. Prioritizing mealtime slows us down long enough to enjoy our food, each other, and Jesus. Inspired by the slow food movement, Come to the Family Table seeks to encourage families with intentional strategies to engage one another and create the table as a space for practical ministry to their community.

REVIEW: This novel is inspired by the slow food movement which states, “It’s a way of saying no to the rise of fast food and fast life. Slow Food means living an unhurried life, taking time to enjoy simple pleasures, starting at the table.”

The authors explain, “The family table is where parents model Christ’s love, grandparents provide wisdom, children experience a sense of belonging, and friends enjoy hospitality… Balance is our goal. Speed is the enemy of intimacy….Food and family bring us to the table. Stories, games, and laughter keep us there for hours.” 

This couple provide intentional strategies to create fun, laughter and family memories at the family table. In an age when families hardly eat together this book helps bring members together and gives them a new appreciation of family time. The book starts out with helpful tips for families to create special times and fun at the table. They have practical ideas of how to get started with recipes and simple things to prepare for your family gathering. If you already do this regularly there are ideas for games and discussions you can incorporate to make times memorable.

The first section of the book is titled “The Family Table is for Us.” Authors talk about how they came about taking intentional steps to guard their family times. They talk about how they began to make it a priority. They describe games and things to discuss at the table; a short devotional and prayer are at the end of every chapter. The authors also include yummy sounding recipes for your family to try like; One Pot Apple Cider Chicken Bake, Super-Simple Giant Stuffed Meatballs, Mom’s Zucchini Coconut Cake, and Blueberry-Lemon Muffins and several others.

There is a chapter where people share some great times they remember having at the family table. It was informative and fun to read about these memories and how diverse their family experiences were.

Part two was titled, “Family Time is for Others.” The couple take turns talking about ways you can welcome others to your family fun. They give practical ideas on how to give others a warm welcome and also describe ways to show hospitality to others. There are fancy and simple ideas.

I can’t wait to try some recipes they’ve included and some fun games and discussions in our next family get together. These authors help to take out the stress and plug in laughter into your family dining experience.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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