- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718090616
- ISBN-13: 978-0718090616
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In these days where everyone seems to be in such a hurry and too busy for real community and deep relationships, Bri invites us into her story of discovering the importance of fellowship found around something as simple as the dinner table. You will read the pages and be inspired to gather the people you know, and the people you have yet to really know, around your table and experience a little bit of God's kingdom right here on Earth.
The invitation that Bri extends through Come and Eat is so equally inspiring and practical that we simply won't see our dinner tables the same again. With honesty, insightfulness, and a call to action...Bri shows us we can make an impact right where we are, around the table."
--Ruth Chou Simons, artist and author of GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart; founder of GraceLaced.com
Bri takes the best of life--neighbors, good food, the hope of Christ--and cooks it down into an invitation to reach for the solace of community. I'll be holding onto Come and Eat, both for the go-to recipes and for the reminder that God's love for me is a feast best shared with those around me.
--Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted
With every page of Come and Eat I felt as though Bri was welcoming to me to her table and we were having a fabulous meal together. Her transparency in her stories throughout this book made me feel loved and not alone in this world. This book is a breath of fresh air, breathing life into something I believe in with all my heart--sharing meals together transforms lives.
--Jamie Ivey, host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast, author of If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
About the Author
Bri McKoy serves as the visionary and leader for Compassion International’s blogger program. She writes regularly at OurSavoryLife.com, a food blog with recipes and stories from around her table, and is a regular contributor to the award-winning Compassion blog and GraceTable.org, a community blog about food and faith. Bri and her husband Jeremy live in Hermosa Beach, California.
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Bri shares how she learned that sharing a meal leads to intimacy unlike other types of socialization. She writes, "When we create space for people to open their mouths, they just might do something more than eat. They just might open their hearts too." She tells stories of how friends opened up more when she and her husband had them for dinner than they had during their weekly Bible Study meetings. She shares the brokenness of paying to take teenage prostitutes to dinner in Thailand so they could have a reprieve for the night. She also tells of the bonding that happens when you invite others- even your own family-to the table and sit and spend time with them.
Jesus knew the importance of the dining experience which is why he invited himself to the house of Zacchaeus. He knew that sitting and sharing a meal with someone was a way to break down barriers and he frequently did it as a way into people's hearts. Even one of his last acts on earth was to eat with his friends at the Last Supper. Eating is a way of survival but God also made it to be enjoyable. Think of your favorite dish and the pleasantness of tasting the flavors as you eat each bite. Think of the times you have lingered at a table with others til all hours because you were having such good conversation. It has even been documented that families who eat together frequently usually have better health and relationships with each other.
If this book doesn't inspire you to start cooking or inviting others over for meals, I don't know what will! Bri has such a way of writing that you feel as if you are at her table and she is sharing her deepest secrets with you. At the end of each chapter, she includes a prayer and some prompts to get you thinking about how you can incorporate hospitality in your own home. Bri writes that you don't have to be a gourmet chef to host people in your home. (Though she does include great recipes to try if you want to go that route.) All you need to do is go out of your comfort zone and look for opportunities to bring people together around your table. There is no need for a fancy house or "pinterest-worthy" table settings just the invitation to "Come and Eat." Or as we say in Italy, "Mangia!"
I was given an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
McKoy has done the world a great service by writing a book that challenges us to get out of our comfort zones and invite strangers to our tables. She doesn't just convict us and leave us. She has written a wonderful “WHY,” “HOW-TO,” “WHAT NOT TO BE AFRAID OF” that includes Prayers, Recipes (Shopping List included!) Conversation Starters, Games and other valuable information to make your opening your home and, more importantly, your TABLE, an incredible experience.
She explains that HOSPITALITY translated from the Greek means “love of strangers.” McKoy shares this verse to bring this point home: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2) She ends this passage with the following words which to me sums up her message of the entire book:
“We look at someone whose background we might not know, whose trials we’ve not yet heard of, whose sins we have not yet seen, and we say, ‘Come a little closer. You look familiar. You look like God."
If we choose to see everyone at our table through these eyes, what a difference we will make in how we love others by the simple act of having a meal together.
I once traveled with Bri to the Dominican Republic. I've heard some of her stories, and she makes me laugh. I've seen her heart and compassion for others. I see her heart in this book. And I'm pretty sure I'll be putting this book into action when these winds recede.