Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again

Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again

by Preston Yancey


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ISBN-13: 9780310338826
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Preston Yancey is a lifelong Texan raised Southern Baptist who fell in love with reading saints, crossing himself, and high church spirituality. He now makes his home within the Anglican tradition. He is a writer, painter, baker, and speaker. An alumnus of Baylor University, Preston completed a masters in theology from St. Andrews University in Scotland before returning to the States. He currently lives in Waco, Texas.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jefferson Bethke 11

1 Silence 13

2 Beginnings 35

3 Certainty 55

4 Fractures 77

5 Desert 95

6 Conversion 123

7 Walls 141

8 Repentance 163

9 Grace 155

10 Tables 209

Suggested Reading 231

Acknowledgments 233

Reading Guide 257

Notes 239

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Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
lmbartelt More than 1 year ago
Generally, when I read a book, I want it make me feel better. To escape or offer a solution to a problem. But lately, the books I've been reading haven't lived up to that need. They haven't made me feel better but they have made me feel. tables in wildernessAnd that's where I am with Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost and Found Again by Preston Yancey. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book through the Booklook Bloggers program.) I love Yancey's writing. His blog is one that I read whenever he posts something new. And it's always challenging, often poetic, and downright refreshing. The book is all of that, too, in its own way. I will admit to stumbling a little in the beginning because Yancey's writing is different than most. It's good, just not easy. As he talks about his spiritual journey from a know-it-all Southern Baptist entering college to a questioning Anglican on the other side of college, the stories and observations roll out, sometimes chronologically, sometimes not. The first time I read Annie Dillard and Anne Lamott, I felt this sort of disconnectedness in the flow but realized as I was reading that it was all connected and related after all. This book has a similar feel. But it's a journey worth taking, and I found myself silently screaming "yes" to passages that reflected my own journey. I'm telling you to notice, because at a certain point I stopped. At a certain point, I stopped  noticing that God was moving all around me, and I believe it was this lack of attention on my part, this willingness to treat common the awe of the Almighty, that would eventually arrive me to a place where God withdrew. (39) For me, reading this book was like drinking a glass of wine. On first taste, I am startled by the taste and I almost forget that I like it. Then I drink a little more and taste the flavors buried in the glass. And by the time I finish a glass, I am satisfied by the experience and not at all sorry. Tables in the Wilderness is a book for pilgrims and seekers, for those who don't have faith figured out, who wonder if anyone else feels the same way. For those who question the tradition in which they were raised, who have more questions than answers. It's one man's spiritual journey but it contains valuable truths for those of us on our own journeys. You might not like everything he has to say, but his story is worth the telling.
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dgregoryburns More than 1 year ago
Preston Yancey is a very good writer.  He handles words and textures them like seasonings blended to perfection for a meal.   Yancey summons his readers to a table he has discovered dressed in the wilderness.  It is a table we do not need to prepare for ourselves in our striving, for it has been provided by God and we are called only to feast and rest. ¿¿“A Table in the Wilderness” is about how God can be intensely encountered through sacrament and liturgy.  The book beckons its readers into an encounter with the almighty.  Each chapter seamlessly combines holy rhythms with everyday occurrences, liturgical ceremony with daily routines. The writing is skillfully implied here, but theologically deliberate. If you decide to read “A Table in the Wilderness,” and you should, pay attention to the sacraments of God’s people.  You will learn of the feast days of the calendar, common prayers and stories of the saints–as they are interwoven with Preston’s story.   Each of these  will invite you to pay attention and discover that God fills the world. ¿ Read this book and take your time.  You will be happy that you did when you turn the last page and set it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written
NatalieG More than 1 year ago
What happens when you hit a point in your spiritual walk where God just goes silent? That is the question author Preston Yancy lives into and through in his memoir, Tables in the Wilderness. Raised in the Southern Baptist church, Preston begins exploring the depths of his own faith during college, which in the midst of great loss, leads him to the Anglican church (in his own words: "Baptist sensibility-Anglican spirituality"). This is not another memoir of yet another millennial bashing the church and then leaving, but of one who stayed and wrestled... and learned what it truly means to trust, and that even in the midst of a desert, we have a God who sets a place for us at His table. I happened to really love this book despite some small things I wouldn't agree on if Yancy and I were sitting at coffee, chatting about theology. Having grown up in a more orthodox tradition of Christian faith than the popular mainstream "evangelical" vain, I understood exactly what the author was getting at in his exploration of the Anglican church--how it practices the sacraments, saints, and the like. I know for some readers there will be confusion with those bits (may even be a bit off-putting), but that was not the case with this here reader. Yancy's weaving of beautiful quotes, poems, and descriptions of art the depict Christian truths were a treat. The writing style kind of reminded me of Donald Miller and Shauna Niequist, only it bent a bit more towards the poetic and had a tone of slowness (in a good kind of way). I found myself re-reading certain sections and writing notes in the margins when I came to spots where Yancy so perfectly put into words some of the things I've felt at times in my own spiritual walk. Memoirs are less about coming to a black and white conclusion, and more about sharing one's life in an honest way--readers accept both the messy and beautiful. The readers are invited to the table to simple listen and enter in. Yancy's book allowed that to happen for this reader, and I so enjoyed getting to read his story. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”