New Book Love: Come & Eat by Bri McKoy

Come & Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table coverCome & Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table by Bri McKoy

When I first heard of McKoy’s new book, I was eager to read it. There is something magical about what happens when you share food with people. Acquaintances become friends, and friendships deepen.

The church I attend even emphasizes this concept: every week in our bulletin is the acronym BLESS. The acronym is based on “the habits that made Jesus so effective in helping others take their next step with God.”

And the “E” that’s right there in the center stands for “eat with others rather than alone.”

McKoy’s book is all about ways to make that happen, no matter where you are in your current life situation. As she says in the book, “The food never has to be extravagant because the person at the table always is.”

Quote from Come & Eat by Bri McKoy

But if you are looking for delicious recipes, she includes those too, as well as prayers, and questions to encourage conversation.

One of my favorite features (ok, besides the recipes) is the appendix that includes a 21-day “Adventure at the Table” to help you increase the number of times you gather around the table, which may require a radical shift in routines and habits.

The book is very faith-based, so if you’re not a Christian believer it’s probably not going to be a great fit for you. It’s not just the prayers following each chapter, but many of the suggested conversation starters and questions have a strong faith element, as well as the overall narrative.

If you are a believer, it’s very encouraging, and I’ve enjoyed reading it.

Book Details

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Publisher’s Description:
Come with your brokenness, your celebration, and your worries, but most of all come and eat.

In today’s busy and often superficial world, we all crave something deeper and truer. Maybe it’s relationships that go beyond the surface or gatherings that allow for joy and pain. Bri McKoy tells us this is within reach! All we need is a table, open hearts, and a simple invitation: come and eat.

McKoy invites us to discover how a common dining-room table can be transformed into a place where brokenness falls away to reveal peace and fellowship. Whether the table is laid with bounty or with meager offerings, whether it is surrounded by the Body of Christ or homeless, broken souls, she shows us that healing begins when we say, “Come in. I may not know you, but I know your maker. And so I offer you my heart.”

For all those who are hungry and craving more of God’s kingdom in their homes, Come and Eat offers recipes, tips, and questions to jumpstart conversation, while reminding us that fellowship in God’s love is always the most remembered, most cherished nourishment. Because when we make room for others, we make room for God, and our homes become a vibrant source of life, just as he means them to be.

Disclosure: I was provided a pre-release copy of the book for review as part of the book launch. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!

Comments

  1. Sheila, Can you share the rest of the BLESS acronym?

    • B: Begin the day with prayer, asking God to bless you & make you a blessing.
      L: Listen more than you talk.
      E: Eat with others rather than alone.
      S: Serve others as opportunities arise.
      S: Share your story of how Jesus is at work in your life.

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