The Turquoise Table
By Kristin Schell
Published by Thomas Nelson
216 Pages HB

ABOUT BOOK: A simple way to connect your neighborhood, your community and build friendships.

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

REVIEW: Readers get a peek at how to create a throwback in time when everyone felt welcome to stop and chat because they were sitting on the front porch. Kristen has a refreshing transparency as she shares her thoughts, fears, anxiety, and failures of gathering family and others in making a heartfelt connection.

Kristen was inspired by an 84-year-old widow in Prague, who placed a small bronze plaque on the outside of her tiny brown stove apartment that read “Embassy of the Kingdom of heaven.” She saw how Ludmilla inspired others with her quiet, warm, genuine, simple gestures that made others feel welcome. Kristen was reminded of Romans 12:13 “What simple ways can we let people know they matter and create space for people to belong.”

Ludmilla, had the ministry of “presence”. She invited people into her home to talk. She’d make some tea and share some cookies from a tin. She was fully present. Everyone mattered. Prayers were answered and Inspiration struck Kriste.

This is a beautifully designed book with practical applications and thought-provoking questions to help readers make a deeper connection with people they see face-to-face. Some of the topics discussed are “When Hospitality feels hard, a test to identify “How Frazzled Are you?” “Love Where You Live”, “Unplug and Use an iBasket” “Ways to Kick Start Your Table Gatherings, How to be a Good Listener, and yummy quick snack ideas to share; such as Overnight French Toast, Simple Sautéed Apples, Homemade Vanilla Latte. This author shows there is more to life than running from one activity to the next.

This is an inspirational read that shows readers how to start small and reconnect with family and friends with inspiring stories shared from around the USA and the world. You won’t look at your neighborhood and family the same. Life happens at the table.  It’s a keeper.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLookforBloggers site. 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”

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