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A Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor Paperback – January 15, 2012
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In a culture built on consumption--especially of food--it is easy to forget the poor that Jesus cared so much about. We get caught up in acquiring, buying, eating. Yet paradoxically, the more stuff we consume, the more our spirits wither and starve.
A Place at the Table invites you on a journey of self-examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus that will change your life forever. Author Chris Seay is giving you a challenge: eat and drink like the poor for 40 days and donate the money you save on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways.
But Chris doesn't expect you to go it alone. A Place at the Table includes a short chapter for each of those 40 days with Scripture, reflections, prayers, and encouragement. You'll even get tips for engaging your whole family in the process.
This book and 40-day journey can be enhanced with the companion DVD. Six sessions shot in locations like the Holy Land, Haiti, and Ecuador will help small groups and entire churches go on a passionate journey of radical faith, personal action, solidarity with the poor, and extravagant grace.
To download free resources and connect with others on the journey, visit www.chrisseay.net.
Chris Seay is a church planter, author, and third-generation Baptist pastor. He is the pastor of Ecclesia Houston and the author or coauthor of several books, including Advent Conspiracy, The Gospel According to Tony Soprano, and The Gospel According to Jesus. He lives in Texas.
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After some introductory chapters on sharing, gratitude, fasting and feasting, the book provides daily readings with meditations for 40 "fast" days interspersed with 7 "feast" days. Each of the 40 fast days also includes a brief description of a person living in poverty, usually associated with a Compassion project or a Living Water International project. Many of the daily readings are from Exodus, giving the reader plenty of opportunity to consider the Israelites' reliance on God for their daily food.
The Bible version used for the readings is The Voice translation, a project of "a collection of creatives and scholars" with the aim of providing a translation which is both accurate in meaning and "beautiful in its telling". The translation is a fresh one, with some interesting insights, although I found that it took some time to get used to God being called The Eternal One, sometimes shortened to Eternal.
Many people will find this to be a very useful resource to use during Lent. I personally found many of the reflections quite moving, and the constant daily reminders of the situations of people living in poverty helped to put the contemplations about fasting into context.
Chris Seay is the pastor of Ecclesia - a church in Houston, Texas. A Place at the Table is a forty day journey towards solidarity with the poor. He considers such a journey to be a type of Jesus' forty days of fasting. It was a lonely, desolate and hungry time. I think he overlooks the greater typology of Jesus as the new Moses and Adam. But, his goal in this forty day journey is that we might become more like Christ in the process. I can get on board with that.Each chapter is another day in the journey. He connects our journey through this life to Biblical events like the flood and the wilderness wanderings. Seay also wants to inform us of the many needs represented across the globe and the many ways our communities and our churches can mobilize to meet those needs in the name of Christ.
This book is less of an academic exercise and more of a journey. Seay intends for us connect with the heart of God to care for the poor and become more like Jesus in our kindness, selflessness, generosity and service.Read more ›
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