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 Courage to Be Disliked

The Courage to Be Disliked

The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness (2018)By Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake KogaISBN: 978-1-5011-9727-7--Review by Douglas Balzer It wasn’t until recently, 2016, scientists were able to...

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All That’s Good

All That’s Good

All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of DiscernmentHannah Anderson --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D. Embracing discernment as part of God’s work of redemption is Anderson’s invitation in this book, seeing the world as He sees it, learning to navigate it...

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You Are Awesome

You Are Awesome

You Are Awesome 9 Secrets to Getting Stronger and Living an Intentional Life by Neil Pasricha --Review by Teri Hyrkas Neil Pasricha, originator of the very successful 1000 Awesome Things blog, author, podcaster, and speaker, has a new book out this month called, You...

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24/6

24/6

24/6: A Prescription For a Happier, Healthier Lifeby Matthew Sleeth, M.D. Rviewed by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D. While I don’t necessarily like the “prescriptive” nature of the subtitle, I really liked 24/6. Sleeth was an M.D., which I found quite interesting for...

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Well-Read Mom

Well-Read Mom

WELL-READ MOM Read More. Read Well. TogetherFinding Wisdom, Wonder and Friendship in a World of Efficiencyby Marcie Stokman --Review by Teri Hyrkas Do you love to read a story about a successful venture , especially when the success was a complete surprise? If so,...

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Ex Libris

Ex Libris

Ex Libris:Confessions of a Common Readerby Anne Fadiman--Review by Teri HyrkasAre you smitten with books? Do any of your favorite books make you hungry every time you read them? Would you rather go to a antiquarian bookstore than anywhere else on your birthday? If you...

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Ikigai

Ikigai

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles (2017) ISBN: 9780143130727 Reviewed by Douglas Balzer Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years. – Japanese Proverb The timeless questions – What is the...

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Reappearing Church

Reappearing Church

Reappearing Church: The Hope for Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture Mark Sayers   --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D.             Full disclosure: I love Mark Sayers. I’ve read most of his books: The Vertical Self, Disappearing Church, Strange...

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Best Summer Books of 2019

Best Summer Books of 2019

Best Summer Books of 2019 By Teri HyrkasNot long ago I received a request for book recommendations. As the list of books came together, I thought there might an interest among PreachTheStory readers for a book list, as well. So, here is a collection of five books that...

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