In 2023, I set a goal to finish one book per week. I’m aiming to listen to 30 minutes of an audiobook per day (while cooking, cleaning, and/or driving) and read 10 minutes of a book. By doing this, I hope to fairly easily be able to finish one book per week.
You can follow along on GoodReads to see what I’m reading, what books I finish, and the star rating I give each of them.
Book #1 of 2023: From Tablet to Table
This book was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law, Lisa. She said she had taken one of her classes for her Master’s degree under the author and found it to be so insightful and thought-provoking. This book was definitely that.
The author, Leonard Sweet, makes the case for returning to the table — both as families and as communities. He challenges us to slow down and savor good conversations and good food around a table. He shares many stories and Biblical precedents that point to the power of table and how we are losing depth of relationships due to being too busy to sit and eat with people.
I found myself nodding along in parts, questioning things in other parts, and being convicted in other parts. Overall, I felt like it was a really valuable read — especially with eating together around the table being one of my goals for 2023 and hospitality being something that I have become very passionate about.
That said, I’m giving it a three-star review because I felt like some of the message was lost in the medium of poetic words and his love of analogy and alliteration, I had some theological differences with him and a few parts where I felt like he missed the mark in exegeting a Scripture passage, and I would have loved for there to be less poetic language and more practical application.
Rating: 3 stars
Children’s Book Suggestion: Ten Little Night Stars
I thought it might be fun to share some kids’ books we love in these posts each week, too. We’ll start with one of Kierstyn’s longtime favorite before-bed reads: Ten Little Night Stars.
This is a quick read with bright pictures that counts up to ten using stars in the night sky. Each two-page spread is a little rhyme that incorporates bedtime routine with starts in the sky. You can see inside the book here.
We’ve read this one over and over and over again and Kierstyn almost always, without fail, requests to have it read every time we read before bed!
I finished “Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest” by Edward T. Welch. It was excellent!
Crystal Paine says
Thank you for the recommendation!
I want to read the Left Behind series this year ….I know I’m about 25 years behind! Lol I finished the first book yesterday- loved it!
Crystal Paine says
Better late than never, right?? 🙂