The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting, One Meal at a Time

The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting, One Meal at a Time

by Sally Clarkson


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Make your table a place where your family and friends long to be—where they will find rest, renewal, and a welcome full of love.

Beloved author Sally Clarkson (The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, Desperate) believes that meals lovingly served at home—and the time spent gathered together around the table—are a much-needed way to connect more deeply with our families and open our kids’ hearts. Food and faith, mingled in everyday life, become the combination for passing on God’s love to each person who breaks bread with us.

In The Lifegiving Table, Sally shares her own family stories, favorite recipes, and practical ideas to help you get closer to the people you love . . . and grow in faith together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496414205
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 241,745
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of numerous books, including Different (with Nathan Clarkson), Own Your Life, The Mission of Motherhood, Desperate (with Sarah Mae), and The Lifegiving Home (with Sarah Clarkson). With her husband, Clay, Sally started Whole Heart Ministries and has hosted conferences that have inspired thousands of women for over 20 years. She advocates relentlessly for the power of family through her Mom Heart conferences and inspires women to live fully and intentionally for Christ as they drink freely from God's love and grace. Visit her at to read her blog and find her weekly podcast, At Home with Sally Clarkson and Friends.

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The Feasting-Faith Connection

If the home is a body, the table is the heart, the beating center, the sustainer of life and health.


The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine.


Table-Discipleship Principle:

All table-talk discussions, love given, and beauty cultivated at our table are for the purpose of making real our Savior and calling those who share life with us to serve Him their whole lives.

Candles flickered with the brush of the evening breeze floating through our Colorado deck, awash with the fragrances of geraniums and roses. It was a beautiful evening, and our table was beautiful as well. Multiple shades of green lettuce in our salad bowl provided a lovely backdrop for the dark-rose cranberries, salted and roasted mahogany pecans, stark-white goat cheese, pungent red onions, and chartreuse chunks of avocado sprinkled here and there. Twice-baked potatoes stuffed full with spinach and bacon adorned each plate next to sizzling chicken, hot from the grill. Crisp homemade whole-grain rolls shone with their glaze of butter. Sparkling cider bubbled in the cut-glass wineglasses.

The stage was set for the occasion of having all my young-adult children home together to celebrate my sixtieth birthday. And as is usual for us, we did our celebrating with a feast.

The excitement of being together once again spilled over into smiles and laughter, rousing conversation, and even tears as we celebrated, once again, what it meant to be us.

My firstborn, Sarah, was home after a summer as a teacher/counselor at an apologetics seminar at a Colorado mountain retreat center.

Joel, her musician/writer brother, was living in Los Angeles, trying to establish a career as a composer of film scores.

Nathan, our "outside the box" boy, was also in LA, working as an actor in TV and commercials and taking his first steps toward becoming a filmmaker.

And Joy, our cherished "caboose," had just finished her freshman year at Biola University.

Clay, my husband, was there, too, of course — my beloved longtime partner in ministry, in business, in creating and nurturing a family. And beside him was our beloved, ever-present golden retriever, Kelsey, hoping for a few crumbs from our table.

"This is what I think of when I think of home." Sarah smiled as she looked around at the bounty of treasured faces and favorite foods. The others nodded. And I couldn't stop smiling as we sat down once more around the table that had always been such a source of life to all of us.

It happened again just last summer. Days before converging on our home for a family gathering together, both of my boys called me.

"Mama, I can hardly wait to get there."

"What is your favorite expectation about coming home?" I asked each of them.

Both answered with almost the same words, even though they were now separated by two thousand miles!

"It is the feasting every night around the table with delicious home-cooked food, being each other's best friends, talking about every possible subject and sharing in each others' lives, needs, stories, and fun — that is my favorite part. I need my people. I want a place to belong. I miss playing with my pack." (Since choosing our first golden retriever puppy years ago and watching her frolic with her little dog family, we have often referred to our own family as our "pack.")

A Table Ministry

It's no accident that they feel this way. Creating a lifegiving table in our home was a priority for Clay and me from the very beginning, and we both put effort and intention into making it happen. Actually, when I think of it, I was doing it even before I had a family.

As a young woman, I was captivated by the heart of Jesus — His compassion to see and meet the needs of those He rubbed shoulders with and His desire for many workers to carry out His loving purpose.

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields."

MATTHEW 9:3 5-38

From the time I read that passage in college, I said a passionate yes to the call to follow Jesus into the fields of harvest. That passion to follow stayed with me and eventually prompted me to pursue mission work both in the United States and abroad — even behind what was then the Iron Curtain. And I quickly learned that my table was an effective tool for sharing my faith and building relationships with others.

As a single woman almost until age thirty, I hosted many people in my home for snack-meal Bible studies, celebratory holiday gatherings and dinner evenings with friends, picnics outdoors, and a procession of one-on-one sessions with friends over strong tea or coffee. Over the years I learned more and more about how to make my table a place where His life would be shared, His love offered, His encouragement given to anchor those around us and to provide hope in a dark world.

After Clay and I met and married, we felt that God wanted us to give ourselves as a couple to seeking ways to reach out into the harvest fields of our own lives to find those who longed for truth, who needed the love and forgiveness of Christ. We found that inviting people we met in our neighborhood, at work, and through friends into our home to feast at our table gave us many unthreatening opportunities to share His love with those who longed for it. And so our table was also a strategic place of ministry as we served His love and truth through sharing meals in a cozy environment.

This dynamic of faith and feasting — or perhaps faith through feasting — took on an added dimension when our children came along. When we had only littles, our approach to meals and snack times had to consider the individual personalities of our children, their love of delight, their short attention spans. But we still sought to make our table a place of influence. With a heart for mentoring and discipleship, I would whip up a meal, and Clay and I together would seek to capture the imaginations of our children and friends with table talk that inspired and stimulated conversation.

And we continued to do so through the years. Almost every night, without fail, we would gather round the dining table, light candles, turn on music — whether dinner was a simple bowl of soup or a beef roast with all the trimmings — and we would participate in the comfort and pleasure of each other's friendship over a meal shared together.

The soul satisfaction of belonging to one another, the anchor of commonly held traditions, and the understanding that our home was a sanctuary from all the pressures and storms of life — all these knit our hearts together into tight bonds that will not easily be broken. And all these we cultivated carefully through years and years of sitting down together, through multiple hours of cooking and baking and preparing meal after meal, through the disciplines of teaching manners and fostering conversation. Our determination to incarnate the life of Christ in every detail of our time together, even our meals, had forged a legacy of love.

Feasting, Family, and Faith

In all the years that the Clarksons have been a family, feasting together has been a lifegiving activity for us. And we've always called it feasting, whether it involves a full-blown banquet, a one-on-one treat of milk and cookies, or a bowl of fresh-popped popcorn enjoyed around the fire. The word feasting reminds us of God's bounty, the gift of our relationships, and the response of pleasure and thanksgiving that the act of sharing a meal requires of us. Somehow it makes "eating" sound more significant.

When God created the world and pronounced it good, He lavishly provided an abundance of delights to please every possible palate. His artistic hand can be seen in all of the food He provided, not just to satisfy our basic need for calories, but also to gratify our senses with color, aroma, texture, and taste — orange carrots and red peppers, purple-black eggplant, rust-colored cinnamon, yellow and green squash, golden honey, sweet green and red and purple grapes, yellow and multicolored corn, brown rice and pale grains of wheat, pink sea salt, speckled trout, crunchy pecans and bumpy walnuts, rich maple syrup, mild hominy, spicy green and red chilies.

God created all these and more for our pleasure and our satisfaction. And He created us in such a way that we make emotional and spiritual connections in the process of enjoying them, especially when we share them around the table with people we love.

Breaking bread together, sharing food, sitting at table eye to eye is essential to individual growth and relationship. Adults and children are not just bodies to be fed, but also minds to be challenged, hearts that depend on emotional input to survive and to grow as healthy human beings, and spirits that long for connection with God and purpose in life. Feasting together is a powerful way to fulfill physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Perhaps an exhausted, fussy toddler needs small snacks of chicken, nuts, fruit, or cheese to fuel his little body and settle his emotions. A hormonal teen might brighten up with a cup of coffee or tea, a hot piece of homemade toast awash with butter and jam, and a set-apart time together that communicates, "I am here to listen to your heart." And for a stressed-out adult, there's nothing like coming home to a pot of potato-cheese soup bubbling on the stove, bread warming in the oven, candles lit, the table set. (Thank you, Joel, for recently saving my own day!)

A Model for Discipleship

Feasting is not only a way to meet physical and emotional needs. It's also a powerful tool for making disciples. And discipleship has always been the focus of my heart for my children. My longing for them to catch the love of Christ, the life of His Spirit, and the redeeming truth of His words was at the core of all of my planning and practices as a mom. And I learned long ago, from pondering Christ, how strategic shared meals can be to this purpose.

Biblical tradition underlines the physical, emotional, and spiritual significance of food and feasting. In fact, Jesus ushered in His ministry as our Messiah by providing new wine — the best of wine — at a wedding celebration. He also inaugurated His coming as our Redeemer in a setting of food and drink abounding. And the way He went about this can tell us a lot about how He would have us create our own lifegiving tables.

The final evening before Jesus was to be crucified, He strategically set the stage for His most profound messages to be shared with His inner circle. This evening, unique in Scripture, shows the God of all creation preparing a feast for His own.

He began with preparation. Jesus picked a room where the Passover meal would be celebrated and then dispatched two trusted disciples to make the arrangements for the traditional feast. Luke 22:7-8 records Jesus' instructions: "Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, 'Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.'"

Preparation for a meal indicates thoughtfulness, caring, and intentionality. We show others their worth to us by considering how to best meet their needs and by intentionally arranging the environment to provide comfort and pleasure.

Then came the moment when Jesus assumed the role of a servant. His desire to pour out His love and affection to those who would eventually give their lives for His Kingdom purposes is shown clearly in His loving actions.

So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. JOHN 13:4-5

Touching one another is a sign of personal intimacy, an expression of friendship, kinship, affection, or close connection. For Jesus to bow His knees on the dusty floor is a personal choice of deep humility. As tenderly as a mother comforting her children, He personally washed one hundred twenty dirty man toes and wiped rough, callused feet with all the love of a doting parent.

This unexpected act surely gave a surprise relief to those who had walked the dusty roads in the sweltering heat of the day. The flooding rush of therapeutic pleasure as their feet were massaged and wiped dry, the nerve endings soothed under the hands of their friend, soon to be their Savior, must have been impressed on their memories forever. He, the Savior, had bowed to attend His closest friends, His beloved companions through years of ministry, and to minister to them with the intimate gift of touch.

Next came the food — the traditional Passover feast with the delectable aroma of herbs and spices wafting through the air. Hungry men must have eagerly gobbled up the familiar feast.

Because of Jesus' careful preparation, His loving service, and His provision to satiate the hunger of this gang of friends, His beloved Twelve were ready to hear the final words and admonitions He was about to deliver before He left them. Having their physical and emotional needs met opened the disciples' hearts to receive the Master's spiritual instruction. And seeing their Lord's profound model of humble servant leadership helped shape the direction their future ministries would take.

Communion of heart, soul, and mind was at the center of Jesus' aim for His last earthly evening with the band of men who had walked with Him through all the days of His ministry. And it all happened around a table. His years of discipling them, punctuated by many meals together, culminated with a feast they would always remember — a feast that His followers reenact to this day.

God's desire, you see, is always for intimacy and communion with His beloved children. The feasting table sets the stage for heightened intimacy with Him as He shares His heart, mind, and soul. Initiating love, providing enjoyment through delicious food and drink, sustaining hearts with words of friendship, granting hope, giving courage and comfort, and speaking words of life were all a part of His message in this last place He lingered with them on the night before He gave His life.

I believe this is the example we must follow if we want to cultivate disciples around our tables. Through our careful preparations, our attention to tone and atmosphere, our gifts of loving touch, our example of humble service, and the provision of satisfying food, we can bring ourselves and those we love closer to Christ and foster growth of body, mind, and spirit.

Your Lifegiving Table

To my delight, I have been able to watch as my own grown children carry what we have taught them about faith and feasting, food and service and discipling into their own homes and their own lives. I've also had the satisfaction of sharing some of my insights and experience with other men and women who hunger to gather around a lifegiving table and share their hearts. And now, in this book, I'd like to share them with you.

In the pages to come you will find personal stories, practical guidance, ideas to try, plus a little bit of Bible study to anchor you, and some practical ideas for creating your own lifegiving table. With each chapter I have suggested a table-discipleship principle to help keep you focused on the real purpose behind your own lifegiving table. And at the end of most chapters, I have shared a couple of favorite recipes that my family has enjoyed through the years.

Most of these recipes are family favorites — family tested and intended to please a broad audience. I have worked and traveled throughout the world and enjoyed a variety of sophisticated cuisines. But for this book, I've chosen my simplest comfort food — easy to make and tested crowd-pleasers.


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Table of Contents

1 Disciples Around My Table: The Feasting-Faith Connection 1

2 Tableology: Biblical and Spiritual Foundations for Faith by Feasting Clay Clarkson 11

3 If My Table Could Talk: Discovering a Vision for Table Discipleship 31

4 This is Who We Are: Shaping a Family Culture around the Table 51

5 Table Talk: The Gift of Dinnertime Conversation 71

6 An Anchor for Your Week: Starting Your Sundays Right 87

7 Fun, Faith, and Feasting: Celebrating Everyday Discipleship 105

8 Living Out Grace: Possibilities for Easy Feasting 123

9 Blessing Feasts: Making the Most of Milestones 145

10 Teatime Discipleship: The Power of One-on-One 165

11 The Gift of Us: A Family Day Celebration 181

12 Stepping into the Story: A Shepherds' Meal for Christmas Eve 199

13 Creating Kindred Spirits: A Christmas Tea for Friends Old and New 215

14 Lifegiving on the Go: Cultivating an Influence to Last a Lifetime 233

Appendix: Table Talk Conversation Starters 253

Notes 257

Recipe Index 259

About the Author 261

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An outstanding read, The Lifegiving Table lays a biblical foundation for using the table as a means to disciple others. Sally beautifully weaves the truth of God's Word with her personal family stories to show how to create a family culture and influence others through feasting. I am four chapters in, and I look forward to finishing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sally' s New book is encouraging for all, old and young, newly married or oldly married, single or married, kids or no kids. It won't disappoint and will bless your heart and that of those around you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one by Sally Clarkson!. I have read most of her books and am looking forward to reading this one . They are always full of wisdom, encouragement, discipleship tips , and wonwonderful insight into raising families for Gods glory. Looking forward to "feasting" with my family and friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A perfect follow up to Sally's last book, "The Lifegiving Home." I am inspired to once again take back the dining table and make it a place to disciple my grandchildren and inspire all those who sit around it through love and being intentional.
Jacqui Wakelam More than 1 year ago
Sally has mentored my own 'mum heart' for the past year or so and I cannot be more thankful for her voice in my life! Spiritual, practical, funny, encouraging, challenging, pressing me further into pondering Christ and #keepingitreal, that's what I've come to expect from her books and The Life Giving Table has not disappointed. Probably one of her more theological books, Sally (and her husband Clay) inspire and mentor in not only the ART of the table for the HEART of the table. In today's homes gathering together for shared meal and friendship certainly can be a lost art, let's own it, even face-to-face communication can be a lost art. This is a message that has come of age I feel and at the right time. We need encouragement and inspiration to get a vision for our homes again and understand the incredible heart and life shaping power this daily rhythm can have on a generation! Don't think about it - buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sally Clarkson is one of my favorite authors and this book is no exception to her brilliant, godly advice that she disperses throughout all her books. I can not wait to apply her ideas (and recipes!) to my very own table. Excited to see where this book takes my family!
Bethany Barendregt More than 1 year ago
This book encompasses what Sally does best- it lays a beautiful spread of encouragement and joy! Sally's words are uplifting, convicting, and enlightening as she helps women see the necessity of creating an atmosphere around the table that nourishes the soul. Inside the book you'll find ideas, recipes, and help for your own soul as you seek to cultivate a life-giving table for the ones you love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this day in age the family table has been taken over by so many distractions, work, busyness of activities, and social media overload. The Lifegiving Table calls us back to the HEART of the home, the Table. A place that can transform and deepen relationships with family, friends, neighbors, etc. through discussion, discipleship, and of course yummy food. This book gives you practical tips, shares yummy recipes from the Clarkson home, and most importantly discusses the reason why the table matters so much through Sally's wisdom and with Biblical Truths. Truly a must read! (as all of her other books are)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sally is so great at helping us bring ideas to reality in our own homes. She is full of inspiration, as usual, in this book and I highly recommend it to everyone who has a table where people gather. Whether you have children or not, and no matter how old your children are, this book is insightful and delightful. And BONUS! there are recipes!
Bethany Brown More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to read the first four chapters of this book and I can not wait for the rest of it! In my own family, we have purposed to eat our meals together as a family, but how are we stewarding that time together and are we making the most of it? In The Lifegiving Table, Sally Clarkson shares her own experiences, and provides insight and examples (in addition to some yummy recipes!) on how we can make the most of the time at our tables and how we can speak life and love into our family's lives. For me, as a mom who has grown weary of providing meals for her family, this book is just the prompting that I need to re-gain vision for making the most of our time at the table.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing read. Sally helps to bring life and traditions back to the table. The recipes included in the book are so exciting! The book is quickly becoming a part of family traditions in our house! Whether it’s at the table or on a blanket on the floor, creating memories with family and friends is truly what is important!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lifegiving Table is a fabulous book. I am enjoying reading this book and the study guide. Sally's wisdom is refreshing and her insight is from a person who has spent many hours studying the Bible. This book would make a great gift for anyone, not just mothers. When we take the time the cultivate relationships with those around our table it speaks volumes about our love to them. The book has so much potential to have a ripple effect in our culture for the better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of reading the first four chapters as part of the launch team for this book. This is a must-read! Sally writes from her heart about the importance of gathering at meals as a family to share the love of Jesus and powerful conversation, hope, grace, compassion. Every time we gather over food, we have a chance to touch hearts and lives. Jesus set this example for us as much of His teaching happened over food and feasts. And it does not need to be an actual table! It may be a picnic blanket or in bed over cookies and juice with a child who’s having a rough day! You don’t have to be a gourmet cook either! Maybe your offering is PB&J or cheese and crackers with fruit. Busy seasons call for different measures and Sally understands busy lives! When we are gathered together to receive physical nourishment, in whatever form and at whatever location that takes place, we are more open to receive spiritual and emotional nourishment. The family table offers a unique opportunity, thousands of times before our kids go to college, to have conversations about faith, family, culture, etc. And kids or not, we can share our lives and tables with friends, new acquaintances, those in need. For those who love to cook, this book is also filled with delicious recipes from Sally’s own table! I can't wait to read the rest of this book when it arrives in a couple days from B&N, and I hope you will consider adding it to your reading list; you won't be disappointed!
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
If my dining room table could talk, it might begin with a story about cinnamon rolls whose aroma can pull family out of bed like a giant magnet. Smiling and sleepy, they sniff their way toward the dining room and the warm welcome of a breakfast gathering. My scratched up table might share memories of voices singing – or arguing; of conversations with missionaries, old friends, and people who became new friends; of the sound of laughter that accompanies holiday homecomings and boisterous birthdays. Our gatherings around the table for feasting and fun are symbolic, a pale adumbration of a larger feast, and Sally Clarkson points her readers toward this truth in The Lifegiving Table. Remembering her own family’s heritage of traditions, she shares her motivation behind it all: “The soul satisfaction of belonging to one another, the anchor of commonly held traditions, and the understanding that our home was a sanctuary from all the pressures and storms of life.” (5) Her exhortation is well-timed, for North American culture is characterized by a speed and complexity that leans more toward fast-food in the mini-van than family meals around a table. Statistics gathered by The Six O’Clock Scramble website indicate that the frequency of family dinners has declined 33 percent over the past two decades with the average time spent at a dinner table shrinking to a mere twelve minutes. Studies also show that children and teens who enjoy more than three family dinners per week eat more healthfully, are less likely to be overweight, perform better academically, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors. (13) It’s clear that time spent around a life-giving table nourishes more than just our bodies. “The food is only an exclamation point!” The rhythm that pulses under The Lifegiving Table is a mother’s deep desire to build memories and traditions that nurture close relationships among her children and to point always and ever to the faith that is foundational to everything she does. Intentional time around a table may be elaborate or simple; a gathering of the troops or a face to face, one-on-one heart-to-heart talk. I read Sally’s book straight through, underlining and nodding and gathering inspiration, but the book could also be treated as a reference, for each chapter stands alone with very practical principles for some aspect of table-love alongside scripture verses to ponder, a gentle push in the form of suggested activities, and then, recipes that come from Sally’s tried and true collection. Practicing rhythms of life around a table is enriching for many reasons. These are some of our family’s favorites, and The Lifegiving Table offers a wealth of resources for each one: 1. Shaping a family culture I was sharing a youngest-son glory moment with his oldest brother, and was surprised at his response: “Well, of course. He’s a Morin.” It turns out that our boys have a very strong sense of “this is who we are” as a family. Our prayer is that as they mix and mingle with people of many faiths and persuasions, they will continue to hold fast to the bedrock of “this is why we believe” and “this is what we stand for.” Values and traditions that shape and define a family are picked up and carried forward through shared goals and strong relationships that form a legacy over a lifetime together. 2. Practicing conversation It was a relief to me to read that sometimes things got loud around the Clarksons’ . . . Continue reading at Living Our Days
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to have received the first four chapters to preview. And as is her way, Sally Clarkson does not disappoint! Sally truly shows us how we can nurture faith in our family through meal at a time!! This book brings me such delight knowing that even now, as a grandmother, I can still nurture the faith of my little grands feasting around our table. Not only that, it's a beautiful source to use in Mentoring younger Moms in my sphere of influence! An excellent tool for table discipleship!! And such delightful recipes are included! This is a lovely companion to The Lifegiving Home...both are displayed in my home. -Chyrll Vollmer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate to have received the first four chapters to preview. And as is her way, Sally Clarkson does not disappoint! Sally truly shows us how we can nurture faith in our family through meal at a time!! This book brings me such delight knowing that even now, as a grandmother, I can still nurture the faith of my little grands feasting around our table. Not only that, it's a beautiful source to use in Mentoring younger Moms in my sphere of influence! An excellent tool for table discipleship!! And such delightful recipes are included! This is a lovely companion to The Lifegiving Home...both are displayed in my home. -Chyrll Vollmer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how Sally brings to light the power of ministry around the table. You be well equipped with both inspiration and practical tools to disciple your children after reading this wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book by my favorite Sally Clarkson! If you read The Life-giving Home than you most certainly will want to get yourself a copy of this one! Such practical advice and wonderful encouragement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve been waiting for this book to come out with Sally Clarkson’s own family recipes! Sally shares how a the table, no matter how small or ordinary, is an avenue to sharing the heart-felt love of Christ in concrete ways with friends and family members. The table is a tool for life-giving discipleship and sharing the gospel of peace. Through The Life-Giving Table, Sally shares her mission of teaching us to be of service and love to those who come into our home. This book is very encouraging and reminds us that we have an opportunity at least three times a day to share goodness and kindness.
Joy Price More than 1 year ago
If you want to learn more about how to be intentional with your family-- here's a great aid. We have four children and meal times can easily be overlooked. This resource is packed with recipes, insight, advice and wisdom from someone who has done it herself and lives to tell about it. You don't want to miss this great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! It was such an encouragement and challenge to use my table well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have three small children, and dinner time is rather chaotic. I started reading this book just for a little bit of hope that dinner could be better, and I found much more! Sally Clarkson gives us a glimpse into her own home, but she knows that every home is different, so she also gives practical ideas on how the dinner table could look in my own home. She gives insights as to what goes on around the table, and how to delve deeper into spiritual and character driven discussions. I have implemented some of the ideas already and have found that *I* am having a lot more fun with my kids around our table. It's not perfect, but I am loving our discussions, and the kids are enjoying the candle I light. If you are wanting to make your table a place that is life-giving, where hearts are drawn to each other, a place where spiritual insights are found and characters are developed, this is the book you need in your library.