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

The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook

The Dragon Keeper's Handbook: Including the Myth & Mystery, Care & Feeding, Life & Lore of these Fiercely Splendid Creatures By Shawn MacKenzie ISBN 978-0-7387-2785-1 Published 2011; 314 pages --Review by Douglas Balzer   Here be Dragons . . . Not the...

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Lion

Lion, featuring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara Rated PG-13 --Review by Ashley Linne Lion tells the emotional and beautiful true story of an Indian boy named Saroo who was lost on the streets of Calcutta at age 5, adopted by an Australian family, and 25 years...

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? By Frans de Waal --Review by Paula Jones When I was a young teacher, my third grade class began a science unit on animals. For homework I assigned a simple worksheet aimed at helping students understand the difference...

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The Fragrance of God

The Fragrance of God by Vigen Guroian --Review by Teri Hyrkas It is summer here in the US and to a gardener the quintessential image of summer is a flower garden gloriously in bloom, or a vegetable plot fully leafed out and setting fruit. For Vigen Guroian, author of...

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Blue Collar Resistance and the Politics of Jesus

Tex Sample, Blue Collar Resistance and the Politics of Jesus: Doing Ministry with Working Class Whites --Review by Landrum Leavell III           Sample’s book is a fascinating study of the practices of social inequality as it pertains to church ministry. The first...

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, featuring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright Rated PG-13 --Review by Ashley Linne While it isn’t a perfect movie, Wonder Woman is officially my favorite superhero movie of all time. And for me, that’s saying a lot. There are many extremely important...

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders --Review by Paula Jones In the long history of literature, very few books can claim to be at-one-and-the-same-time non-fiction, fiction, biography, history, fantasy, philosophy, horror, humor, play, and legend, but Lincoln in the...

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Towards Mellbreak

Towards Mellbreak a novel by Marie-Elsa Bragg --Review by Teri Hyrkas Marie-Elsa Bragg has written a debut novel that is so splendidly textured that it may appear to the reader like a grand piece of conceptual art. The framework of the story is the multi-generational...

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The Leadership Labyrinth

The Leadership Labyrinth: Negotiating the Paradoxes of Ministry Author – Judson Edwards ISBN: 1-57312-441-9 --Review by Douglas Balzer      Personally, the inclusion of labyrinth in the title of this book appealed to me. A labyrinth is known to be an intricate...

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Godspeed

Godspeed, documentary featuring Matt Canlis, Eugene Peterson, and N.T. Wright Not rated --Review by Ashley Linne Godspeed is a short documentary that quietly and beautifully shifts the paradigm of church. Set in Scotland, it follows Matt, a pastor, and his story of...

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