Saturday, January 5, 2013

Come To The Table: A Book Review

About The Book:

Kat Davies is suddenly wondering if her good deed was a bad idea.
Kat may be new in her faith, but she’s embraced the more radical implications of Christianity with reckless abandon. She invited Rochelle—a homeless mother—and her son to move in the apartment she shares with two other housemates. And she’s finally found a practical way to channel her passion for healthy eating by starting a food pantry at the church.
Her feelings for Nick are getting harder to ignore. The fact that he’s the interning pastor at SouledOut Community Church and one of her housemates makes it complicated enough. But with Rochelle showing interest in Nick as a father-figure for her son, their apartment is feeling way too small.
But not everyone thinks the food pantry is a good idea. When the woman she thought would be her biggest supporter just wants to “pray about it,” Kat is forced to look deeper at her own motives. Only when she begins to look past the surface does she see people who are hungry and thirsty for more than just food and drink and realizes the deeper significance of inviting them to “come to the table.”
About The Author:
Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold roughly 500,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books—a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.5 million in sales—and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4). They live in the Chicago area, where the Yada stories are set.  The Jacksons have been married 46 years and have raised two children plus a Cambodian foster daughter. Neta lives with her husband Dave, in urban Chicago where they enjoy writing, gardening, traveling by train and spending time with their grandchildren.
My Review:
Neta Jackson's books became quick favorite from the very first Yada Yada Prayer Group books back in 2003. With each book read by Jackson I get to see characters on different levels, with different personalities, and different life experiences and yet each one drew me closer to God while reading. It was no different with the second book in the SouldOut Sisters Series.
Come To The Table reintroduces the reader to familiar characters from several of the series before, and some great new charactes awell. Each with their own idiosyncries, issues, and life lessons to teach, I laughed and cried my way through the book. Reading it in a weekend, I could not simply put it down! This book, though similar in style to the others, was different to me. I absolutely to see relationships develop deeper between several of the main characters and I love the life lesson that we need to reach out to those around us, like Jesus commands us too. To come out of our "little worlds and comfort zones" and serve unconditionally and in true love. A great reminder to all who read. Though a part of a series, Come To The Table can be read as a stand-alone novel, without feeling lost in doing so.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Come To The Table at your favorite bookseller, from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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