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

Being Mortal

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande, 2014 --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D.             This book has absolutely nothing to do with the art of preaching. It has everything to do with the stories of those to whom we preach, for...

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Not a Silent Night

Not A Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton --Review by Teri Hyrkas December has arrived and with it comes the season of Advent. Each week, the excitement, elation, and joyful preparations increase for Christmas -- and apprehensions,...

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The Book of Why

The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect By Judea Pearl and Dana MacKenzie Published 2018 ISBN: 978-0-465-09760-9 --Review by Douglas Balzer The title of this book is brilliant. The Book of Why. Why? A single word question that brings with it profound...

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek; rated PG-13   --Review by Ashley Davis   Bohemian Rhapsody beautifully tells the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, and is a perfect example of EPIC (experiential, participatory, image-rich, connected). I saw it in the...

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Soul Keeping

Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You John Ortberg   --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, ThD.   “Sometimes the soul gets sifted and shaped in places you could never imagine and ways you could never expect. For me it was in Box Canyon.” (17)...

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The Fantasy Makers

Faith In Imagination: The Fantasy Makers A Documentary --Review by Teri Hyrkas One definition of the word "flight" is: a grouping of similar items, such as a flight of stairs or a flight of geese. In the documentary The Fantasy Makers,(Gateway Films/Vision Video,...

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Uncommon Sense

Uncommon Sense, Common Nonsense: Why Some Organizations Consistently Outperform Others   By Jules Goddard and Tony Eccles Published 2012 ISBN: 9781846686023   --Review by Douglas Balzer   Being drawn to books with unusual titles has been one of my patterns....

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A Star is Born

A Star is Born (2018)   https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517451/ --Review by Guest Reviewer Vern Hyndman   A Star is Born is a semiotic feast prepared on a mirrored table.   Declining star Jack (Bradley Cooper) meets uber-talented struggling artist Ally...

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Deadpool 2 by Guest Reviewer Dan Payne

Deadpool 2 Movie Review --Review by Guest Reviewer Dan Payne   Would you travel back in time to kill a teenage Jeffery Dahmer in order to stop him from becoming a serial killer? That is one of the many themes of Marvel Comics Movie Deadpool 2.  On the surface,...

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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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