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

Lost Connections

Lost Connections

Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Help by Johann HariPublished 2019 ISBN: 9781408878682--Review by Douglas Balzer Johann Hari is a New York Times bestselling author. In his book Lost Connections, he looks to explain why depression affects so many...

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The Faithful Preacher

The Faithful Preacher

The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American PastorsBy Thabiti M. Anyabwile --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D. I chose to read this book for at least a couple of reasons: First, I know the author. He has served as pastor of...

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Leaving Your Mark

Leaving Your Mark

Leaving Your Mark Without Losing Your Mind:Overcoming 7 Obstacles to the Important Work of Your Lifeby Mark Brouwer --Review by Teri Hyrkas Good answers often begin with good questions. Here, from author Mark Brouwer, are some good questions that were the basis of his...

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Rings of Fire

Rings of Fire

Rings of Fire by Leonard Sweet --Review by Vern Hyndman One of the amazing benefits to studying with Dr. Leonard Sweet is that on occasion Len will invite participation in his books. Here’s probably no one more careful to footnote the contribution of others, and over...

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Barking Up the Wrong Tree Summary by Eric Barker (2017)ISBN: 9780062416049 --Review by Douglas Balzer Wrong assumptions, mistaken, misleading, or misguided we have all come to the wrong conclusion about other people. It can be an embarrassing and humiliating...

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Wendell Berry and the Given Life

Wendell Berry and the Given Life

Wendell Berry and the Given LifeBy Ragan Sutterfield --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D. The book jacket notes that for over fifty years, Wendell Berry has been helping seekers chart a return to the practice of being creatures. Through his essays, poetry and...

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Circe

Circe

Circeby Madeleine Miller--Review by Teri HyrkasConfession: I loved mythology as a teenager. Greek mythology, Norse mythology, and Native American legends, fables and stories were all on my bookshelf during my teen years. Filled with strong characters, many layered...

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Tribal Leadership

Tribal Leadership

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan and John King (2008) ISBN: 978-0-06-125130-6   --Review by Douglas Balzer   We have all heard that we are “the average of the five people we spend the most time with” or “a...

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The Laws of Human Nature

The Laws of Human Nature

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene (2018) ISBN: 9780525428145 hardcover --Review by Douglas Balzer As an avid student of human beings, the title of this book caught my attention. Then I did my research on the author, Robert Greene, I found a remarkable human...

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The Misfit’s Manifesto

The Misfit’s Manifesto

The Misfit’s Manifesto By Lidia Yuknavitch   --Review by Landrum P. Leavell III, Th.D.               The Misfit’s Manifesto is a TED book. I can’t remember where I came across it, but the title grabbed me. I’d never heard of Lidia, knew nothing of her story, and...

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