Thursday, December 20, 2012
Come to the Table by Neta Jackson
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.”
My review of Come to the Table:
I have been very hit or miss with Neta Jackson’s books. She has so many good sounding books to choose from, but I have not had a chance to read them all. I am happy to have been able to start the SouledOut Sisters series from the beginning. Come to the Table is the second book and I thoroughly enjoyed continuing the story. This book picks up right where the first book, Stand By Me, left off, which was great because it didn’t take me any time at all to get back into the lives of these very real characters.
It’s the characters that make this book so enjoyable. I love a Christian novel with real characters, flaws and all. Having flawed characters is important in a book with a Christian message like this one, but sometimes an author an over-do those flaws, but not Neta. She created just the right balance with her characters and her story. I highly recommend Come to the Table, but you will definitely want to read Stand By Me first since Neta doesn’t skip a beat with continuing the story.
This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson.