Room at My Table: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality Evelyn Bence

In Room at My Table, Evelyn Bence offers 52 delightful meditations that emphasize Christian love as the foundation of gracious hospitality. Bence invites readers to “come along” – you, too, can reach out and extend invitations to “break bread” or drink coffee at your table.

Bence’s grace-filled readings provide spiritual inspiration for the seasoned hostess alongside gentle domestic instruction laced with realistic expectations for the novice. She even includes favorite recipes.  Short closing prayers and questions for reflection allow readers to personalize Evelyn’s devotional anecdotes.

Open the book. Enjoy the read. It might kindly persuade you to host a meal, dessert, or coffee, whether your table is humble or grand.

Praise for Room at My Table
“Like a wonderful meal, Room at My Table deserves to be savored and enjoyed. Each chapter has morsels that I look forward to revisiting over the course of a year, considering what I can draw from them and thinking of ways to implement them in my own home.”
—From a review by Melanie Reynolds on bookreporter.com

“What I loved about Room at My Table was that you could smell the food and feel the welcome. It made me wish I could be part of the delightful conversations.  Evelyn Bence writes about hospitality out of the real-life events where she has opened her home to friends, neighbors, and that inevitable child who somehow appears in all of our lives, just waiting to be invited in.”
—Karen Mains, Director, Hungry Souls

“What I like so very much about Room at My Table is the subtle reminder on page after page, that hospitality is a spiritual practice. That has been forgotten by so many people. So many people think that you have to do explicitly “spiritual” things in order to be spiritual. Evelyn’s book is a wonderful testimony of all the hidden saints in kitchens around the world who pour their love into a table well prepared. There are so many people who need to hear that message over and over. The next time someone tells me, “Father, I have no time to pray,” I am going to reply, “Tell me about what goes on at your table.” Evelyn’s book highlights the practicality of being spiritual. It speaks of a practical mysticism that I just don’t find among so many committed Christians. That’s why I love it so much.”
—Father Albert Haase, OFM
Author of Catching Fire, Becoming Flame and Living the Lord’s Prayer

Links to reviews:

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/11/monday-muse-on-room-at-my-table.html

http://www.buildfaith.org/2014/11/10/room-at-my-table-a-new-book-by-evelyn-bence/

http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/room-at-my-table-preparing-heart-and-home-for-christian-hospitality

 
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  6. Pody says:

    I’m anxious to read this delightful thought provoking book. I’m so glad that you’ve included discussion questions for me or a group of my friends to consider.