Book Review: The Lifegiving Table

I am a big fan of Sally Clarkson and her books. From her homeschooling tips to her parenting advice, to sharing her homekeeping skills, Sally has been a source of encouragement to me, so I was very much looking forward to reading The Lifegiving Table, her newest book. This book takes many of the home-ministry concepts from The Lifegiving Home and adapts them for, of course, the table.

The Lifegiving Table contains 14 chapters about why and how you should turn your kitchen table into a place of feasting for friends, family, and anyone that walks into your home. Sally Clarkson explains how feasting at the table with family and friends can nurture every part of a person…physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The other thing I liked about this book was that each chapter featured several “Clarkson Family Favorite” recipes, such as Easy-Peasy Chicken and Rice, Sally’s Birthday Cinnamon Rolls, Sarah’s Best Cream Scones, and Much-Better-Than-Delivery-Homemade Pizza.

I have really been contemplating the main idea behind this book–how you can effectively minister to the hearts and needs of your family by being intentional with mealtime. And as much as I would love to say that all my meals are prepared in a flourish of happiness with adoring, well-behaved children enthusiastically eating the made-from-scratch, organic feast set before them, that just doesn’t happen. Sometimes it’s really all I can do just to get a meal on the table. So, I really appreciated the chapter entitled Living Out Grace, that affirms these seasons of life. Sally gives some advice, though, that I have been trying to take to heart. First, to prepare for busy times by making freezer meals when I get the chance, to not feel guilty about having “snack meals”, and that the heart of ministering through a meal is more important than the meal itself.

Once again, I have found great advice from Sally Clarkson about how to create a restful, inviting home in the midst of this crazy world.

*I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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