Book Review – Come to the Family Table
Come to the Family Table by Ted and Amy Cunningham is a book that encourages people to use the meal table as a tool to nurture meaningful relationships. This idea appealed to me immediately because, as a husband father of eight children, I understand the unique opportunity that the family table offers for this very thing. The basic premise behind Come to the Family Table is that the meal time ritual (making the food together, setting the table, savoring the taste of the food and wine, and even cleaning up) presents an opportunity to take time out of our routine to enjoy the presence of those whom we love.
The book is divided into two parts. Part one focuses on familial relationships while part two encourages the reader to reach out to others and practice hospitality, Each chapter includes selections from both Amy and Ted as they share their journey enjoying “slow food”. This is followed by a recipe that you can use if you don’t already have a good selection, a game that can be played around the table and which the authors designed to foster meaningful conversation, and a short devotional which can be used to bond these relationships together in Christ.
One of the things that I really appreciate about Come to the Family Table is the way the Cunninghams understand that the table is a place where we gather to receive God’s good gifts. In fact, the subtitle of chapter three says just that, “The Family Table is where we receive food and wine as good gifts from our Lord”.This understanding of God as a gift-giving God, and of the table as the central place in daily life where we receive, enjoy, and share these good gifts are central to understanding the the book as a whole.
The Cunninghams don’t see the table merely as a place where a biological family gathers. Rather, they expand the utility and comfort of the table to be a place where old friends gather and where new friends are made. I really appreciated the warm stories of hospitality that were woven through part two. Ted and Amy shared many scenarios in which they learned hospitality from those who have mastered the art of making others feel welcomed in their homes.
If you are love people, enjoy good food, and desire to enrich the relationships in your hope you will want to get a hold of this book. The Cunninghams offer a wealth of wise experience gained on their own journey and generously share these relationship building lessons with us as we engage on a journey of good food, enriching friendships, and God-honoring conversations. On a personal note, I can’t wait to implement some of these ideas in our own home as we learn to give thanks to the Father of lights from whom all good and perfect gifts come.
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About the Authors
Ted and Amy Cunningham- Ted founded Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri, in 2002. Ted is a popular speaker and prolific author of marriage and family books, including Trophy Child. Both Ted and Amy are graduates of Liberty University, and Ted is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. The husband-and-wife team are authors of The Power of Home 90-Day Devotional: Building a Strong Family Day by Day. They live in the Ozarks with their two children.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress/Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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