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From Tablet to Table: Where Community Is Found and Identity Is Formed Hardcover – January 1, 2015
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Len Sweet is singing a song I love, and he’s doing it with intelligence and passion. (Shauna Niequist, author of Bread and Wine)
This book will make you think and will stretch your thinking, in classic Len Sweet fashion. (Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway Research)
From the Back Cover
When was the last time a meal changed your life?
The story of God is full of refer-ences to food. From the Garden of Eden to the Last Supper to the wedding feast of the Lamb, God sets a table before us and invites us to join Him there.
Contrast this rich and filling good news with the thin and meager fare to which we’ve become accustomed in our relationships, in our church-es, or even in our families. We consume fast food in front of our smartphones, never facing each other, barely acknowledging the existence of one another. We consume bite-size Scriptures and reduce our world so that we can move through it quickly without being distracted by the activities that surround us.
It’s time to look up from our tablets and notice our neighbors, our loved ones, our Lord. Leonard Sweet’s From Tablet to Table shows us how to repent of our “tabletized” ways and rediscover the gift of fellowship, story-based faith, and the fullness of life as God intends it.
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Intending to ingest it over several sittings, I started but couldn't stop. I began what I thought would be a multiple meal experience, taking place over several sittings, but ended up experiencing a finely cooked meal with extraordinary company. I couldn't put it down, reading it in one sitting. Like all good meals, it consisted of great food (content), great company (an authentic voice) and lingering conversation.
As a personal recipient of his hospitality, Len and his family do what he writes in this book and the table is an open and regular part of their life and routine. In a culture wresting with identity and community, this book is a prophetic call back to the table with a poetic voice. Well done, Len!!!
Don't miss one of Len's most timely and prophetic books!
It was hard for me to imagine that the table, or the lack of it, could matter so deeply to the culture or to the church. It was especially surprising to discover the pervasive connection the church has with food, and to learn that it was Jesus who led the way into this foodie lifestyle. But Dr Sweet is able to show that both the church and the culture need the family table, to thrive and reproduce. Food is not all that gets shared at the table. "At the table, sitting together, facing each other, talking to each other -- good food, good conversation, good laughs, good stories -- we learn the good news of the God who eats good food with bad people. There is nothing else like it in the world."
The table... the family table. Who would have thought that it carries such power, and potential and promise? Who would have thought of it as transcendent? Well, Jesus did, it seems. He spent a lot of time around one, and he also made a sacrament out of bread and wine.
Here is a quote from Dr Sweet's book that I love:
"First commandment and final commandment to humans in the Bible? 'Eat freely', Gen 2:16 NASB, and 'Drink freely', Rev 22:17. Everything in between these two commands is a table, and on that table is served a life-course meal, where we feast in our hearts with thanksgiving on the very Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation: Jesus the Christ."
Why you should read this book in less than 140 characters - "From Tablet To Table" by Dr. Leonard Sweet is rich, rare, filling and satisfying reading. Help yourself to a copy and enjoy every morsel.