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

A Light So Lovely

A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of the Life of Madeleine L'Engle by Sarah Arthur --Review by Teri Hyrkas When she was a teenager, Sarah Arthur knew of Madeleine L'Engle's award winning book, A Wrinkle In Time, but didn't read it because she was not drawn to...

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Giving Blood

Bloody Perfidy On Giving Blood by Leonard Sweet Zondervan, 2014 (356 pages) --Review by Guest Reviewer Terry Rankin To be clear from the outset, Sweet’s masterful work in Giving Blood certainly is not the bloody perfidy. On the contrary, the tragedy is that his...

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The One-Life Solution

The One-Life Solution: Reclaiming Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success By Henry Cloud 2008 ISBN: 9780061466427 Review by Douglas Balzer   Life throws curveballs! It is an old saying I heard many times growing up. In many ways, it is a...

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The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ, starring Rated PG; available on Netflix Review by Ashley Davis Quite honestly, I was prepared to not really enjoy this movie—I tend to be skeptical of mainstream faith films—but I was pleasantly surprised. The Case for Christ provides a look into...

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Sacred Travels

Sacred Travels: Recovering the Ancient Practice of Pilgrimage By Christian George Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D.             For those who have had the opportunity to travel parts of the world, particularly on Christian pilgrimages to places like Greece,...

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Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers: A Documentary Winner, Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, 2018 --Review by Teri Hyrkas The advertisement for Three Identical Strangers had so many superlatives surrounding the film's title that my suspicions were aroused. How could...

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24/6

“24/6” by Matthew Sleeth, M.D. --Review by Judge Jesse Caldwell   When I bought Matthew Sleeth’s book “24/6”, I am not sure what angle I thought he would employ as he argued his case for us to more faithfully observe the Sabbath day of the week. But I never...

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Come Sunday

Come Sunday, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Condola Rashad, Jason Segel, and Martin Sheen Rated TV-14; available on Netflix Review by Ashley Davis Come Sunday recounts the true story of evangelist Carlton Pearson, an Oral-Roberts-trained preacher turned Unitarian...

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Reframing the Soul

Reframing the Soul: How Words Transform Our Faith Gregory Spencer Leafwood Publishers, 2018   --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, ThD.             As I look back each year at the list of books I consume, there are usually several volumes dealing with the...

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The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts --Review by Teri Hyrkas More than seventy years after the end of the conflict, the events of World War II continue to be important to readers today....

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