The Open Table – Book Reviews

Jesus was known –some would say notoriously so—for His “open table” eating style.  In the Gospels, Jesus loved to share life at the table with others and never refused an offer to eat with someone.  Most of Jesus’ great discussions with His disciples and others happened around the table.  In honor of that model, The Open Table is a forum where all are welcome to join in the conversation about the books suggested and more.  It’s a place where book reviews will be served up, but also where other thoughts, observations, and life happenings can be discussed and ideas savored.  Your participation is encouraged.  All contributions will be valued and nourished.  Good manners are expected of course at The Table.  Welcome to The Open Table.  I hope we can meet here often.  Great times are ahead!  –thyrkas

It Will Be Okay

It Will Be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change by Lysa TerKeurst --Review by Ashley Linne In recent days, my son and I have read this book together nearly every night. It’s been a comfort to him—and to me—as our family has experienced so many changes the past...

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Einstein: His Life and Universe and Genius

Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson, Biographer Kindle eBook, Simon & Schuster, April 2007 Genius Ron Howard, Director Creators Kenneth Biller, Noah Pink 10-chapter TV series, 2017, based on Isaacson’s biography     --Book and Movie Review by...

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The Fisherman’s Tomb

  The Fisherman's Tomb:   The True Story of the Vatican's Secret Search   by John O'Neill   --Review by Teri Hyrkas   Now that warm weather has arrived, are you looking for a quick read that will transport you to a distant continent? Maybe you're...

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12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos By Jordon B Peterson ISBN: 978-0-345-81602-3 --Review by Douglas Balzer   For several years now I have been following Jordan B Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Canada, and supplementing my...

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Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War, starring basically everyone (rated PG-13) --Review by Ashley Linne ***SPOILER ALERT! SO MANY SPOILERS!*** I am a huge fan of the Marvel cinematic universe, and I’ve also read a few of the comics. I’m familiar with the comic book storyline that...

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Saving the Saved

Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us From Try-Harder Christianity Into Performance-Free Love Bryan Loritts --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, ThD.             This book is a great follow-up to the previously reviewed White Awake: An Honest Look At What It Means...

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Befriend

Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation and Fear By Scott Sauls --Review by Teri Hyrkas Recently there were notices on Facebook encouraging people to participate in the Friends Day event on line. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and co-founder,...

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Educated: A Memoir

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover --Review by Teri Hyrkas “On the highway below, the school bus rolls past without stopping…. I am only seven, but I understand that it is this fact, more than any other, that makes my family different: we don't go to school.”...

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Necessary Endings

Necessary Endings - The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward By Dr. Henry Cloud ISBN: 978-0-06-177712-7 Published 2011 --Review by Douglas Balzer Hopefully, the name of Dr. Henry Cloud is a familiar name to...

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The Way

The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus Adam Hamilton Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, ThD.           Adam Hamilton was the conversation partner last month at the Orcas Island Advance 2018. It was a pleasure and a joy to meet and spend a couple of days with him...

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