Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table By Bri McKoy was published on September 5th, 2017 by Thomas Nelson. Bri McKoy, of the blog Our Savory Life, celebrates the power of the everyday table and shows how, by regularly and intentionally gathering around it, we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and usher in grace, love, and deep fellowship. Raised in the world of takeout and microwaveable meals, like so many busy women Bri McKoy found herself utterly lost in the kitchen and nowhere near using her dining room table as an inviting place of community. However, as she learned how to more intentionally invite not just others but also herself to her table every day, she noticed that the kitchen stopped feeling like a prison cell and started feeling like a sanctuary, that gathering with others around the table, like Jesus often did during his time on earth, had the power to usher in deep relationship and a fuller understanding of God’s love and grace.In Come and Eat, Bri invites readers on an adventure of burnt pie, ten-pound bags of onions, and kitchen catastrophes to discover how to transform a common dining-room table into a vehicle that ushers in the presence of Jesus. It’s an invitation with no pressure, no strings attached, no advanced cooking skills or fancy accouterments necessary. Just a healthy appetite and a desire to take a deeper look into the power and ministry that can be found at the table. Combining biblical reflection with engaging personal stories from Bri’s own home, as well as the tables she has joined around the world, Come and Eat shows readers how they can intentionally make their own tables a vibrant source of life.
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About the author: Bri McKoy is a writer and home cook. She first worked with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in journalism and then at Compassion International. She currently serves as the visionary and leader for Compassion Bloggers, successor to Shaun Groves, connecting with bestselling authors and popular bloggers daily. She is the owner and writer for her blog OurSavoryLife.com, a food blog with recipes and stories from around her table. Her recipes have been featured on Blendtec’s (known as the world’s most powerful blender) website as well as Civilized Caveman Eats (whose author has written two New York Times bestseller cookbooks). Another of her recipes was recently featured on Shape.com, which is the online home to Shape magazine, the second largest young women’s magazine. Bri is a contributor to the award-winning Compassion Blog and to GraceTable.org, a community blog about food and faith. She currently lives in Hermosa Beach, California with her husband and dog. You can find her in the kitchen or in her neighborhood knocking on doors inviting people to her table! Goodreads – Website – Twitter
My thoughts: Come and Eat is a book that will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and inviting strangers to the dinner table. McKoy has created a step by step plan that includes prayers, recipes (shopping list included), conversation starters, and other important information that will help you to open your home and table to strangers. Just like the Bible verse, Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” You never know! I really like the scripture and recipes throughout this book. Along with all the stories the author shares from her own experiences. This book is a real eye opener and will make you rethink how you treat others. I think this book would make a great housewarming gift or a great gift for yourself. ** I received a complimentary copy from book look in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **