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

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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The View from the Cheap Seats

The View from the Cheap Seats By Neil Gaiman --Review by Paula Jones Neil Gaiman’s writing can be a lot like coffee. You have to develop a taste for both, but in doing so, both will eventually grow into a craving. When first introduced to his work, I was only mildly...

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The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher --Review by Teri Hyrkas The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation (Penguin Random House, 2017) by Rod Dreher has become a New York Times best seller,...

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Katharina and Martin

Katharina and Martin: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk by Michelle DeRusha --Review by Teri Hyrkas This year will mark the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, begun by Martin Luther in Wittenberg, Germany on October...

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How God Became King

How God Became King By Tom Wright ISBN: 9780061730573 --Review by Doug Balzer   My fascination with Tom (NT) Wright continues as I review another one of his books “How God Became King.”  Reading the title, my thoughts went to the idea that it is common knowledge...

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The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl --Review by Ashley Linne This film is rated PG-13. The Zookeeper’s Wife is based on the lesser-known true story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, who saved hundreds of Jews during World...

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Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue: How Our Heritage Shapes Our Story By Leonard Sweet   --Review by Paula Jones   In Leonard Sweet’s latest offering, he offers his readers the best he has to offer––his mother. And because mothers usually have the greatest influence of anyone on our...

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On Living

On Living by Kerry Egan --Review by Teri Hyrkas Kerry Egan, author of On Living (10/2016, Riverhead Books), is a hospice chaplain -- a profession that, in Egan's experience, has been difficult to explain to family and friends, and seems not to be understood or...

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The Power of Positive Deviance

The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, and Monique Sternin ISBN: 978-1-4221-1066-9   --Review by Douglas Balzer   In 2008 I was introduced to the concept of positive...

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The Shack

The Shack, starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw This film is rated PG-13. SPOILER ALERT: This review assumes the reader has seen the film or read the book.   -Review by Ashley Linne The theological controversies around this film are being...

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