“Come to the Family Table: Slowing Down to Enjoy Food, Each Other, and Jesus,” by Ted & Amy Cunningham

I recently had the chance to read Come to the Family Table: Slowing Down to Enjoy Food, Each Other, and Jesus, by Ted & Amy Cunningham. This nonfiction book was published on August 1, 2016, by NavPress.

About this book (from the 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.

Final Verdict:

This book is part inspirational nonfiction, part cookbook, and part family devotional. I thought I was going to read through it once, become inspired to slow down a little and put more effort into gathering my family and friends around the table for meals, and then pass this book along to someone else. I did become inspired, but I’m not passing the book along, I’m keeping it – at least, until we’ve gone through all the fantastic family devotionals and I’ve tried the recipes! Although they’re all tied to the topic of “family table,” the chapters aren’t all just motivation to simplify and eat together more. There’s a really interesting chapter, for example, on eliminating codependency and relying on Christ alone (with an activity to do at the family table to go along with this topic.) This is a thoughtful, fun book, and I’m starting one of the devotionals tonight!

 If you’d like to check out “Come to the Family Table: Slowing Down to Enjoy Food, Each Other, and Jesus,” it is currently available for $9.43 for the Kindle version. If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $9.93. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.


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