The Turquoise Table

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Schell, Kristin. The Turquoise Table: Finding Community And Connection In Your Own Front Yard. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2017.

SUMMARY:
With humor and grace, author Kristin Schell shares her crazy life and yearning for a connection with community. Inviting her neighbors and friends to join her at the turquoise table (a painted table on the front lawn), she establishes friendship, ministry, love, safety, connections and thus, community. Coupled with beautiful photographs and several delicious recipes, though a quick read, it is packed with encouragement, insight and inspiration. Using a simple concept to create huge impacts, The Turquoise Table strikes home.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Well written in a personal manner, I thoroughly enjoyed this book both in style and content. Chuckling at parts, identifying with points, pondering some thoughts and inspired by certain ideas, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book for ministries, Bible studies, church libraries and sermon topics. Even the included recipes were scrumptious! Consider the impact and influence such a book with this concept could have on neighborhoods and communities throughout the world. So powerful!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Turquoise Table from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

Lively, Amy. How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2015.

SUMMARY:
neighborHaving been commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves (including respecting them, nurturing them, getting-along with them and witnessing to them), in her new book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, author Amy Lively shares personal stories, strategies, ideas and responses for meeting your neighbors, conversing with them and even sharing your faith. With encouragement and motivation to step out of the comfort zone and connect within your current community, perhaps loving (or at least liking) your neighbors could result in positive outcomes…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I love the title of this book which I am sure is quite relevant to many people (seriously…who wants to be considered weird?). Though not for everyone nor every neighborhood, there are some aspects which may produce new friendships, stronger community, more neighborhood involvement and maybe even renewed or initiated faith. Full of ideas yet not necessarily what I was expecting, this book may be perfect for certain communities, assuming a common faith. While the author expounds upon the importance of meeting neighbors, maybe a few more ideas for the initial contact would be welcomed.

RATING:
3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*