A Place at the Table
40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor
by Chris Seay
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In a culture built on consumption - especially of food - it is easy to forget the poor that Jesus cared so much about.
Following the pattern of his successful "Advent Conspiracy", Chris Seay invites readers on a journey of self-examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus that will change their lives forever. He challenges readers to eat like the poor for forty days in solidarity with a much-neglected group of people, and to donate the money they save on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways.
But he doesn't expect them to go it alone. "A Place at the Table" includes a short chapter for each of those forty days with Scripture, reflections, prayers, encouragement, and tips for engaging the whole family in the process.
The six-session DVD, shot in such locations as the Holy Land, Haiti, and Ecuador, will help small groups and entire churches go on a passionate journey of radical faith, personal action, solidarity with the poor, and extravagant grace.
A Place at the Table by Chris Seay was published by Baker in January 2012 and is our 17720th best seller. The ISBN for A Place at the Table is 9780801014512.
Many books interest, entertain or inform me but few connect with my heart within the first few pages. A Place at the Table did precisely that by reminding me, graciously yet powerfully, that our Western industrialised lifestyle of rampant consumerism is completely out of step with biblical values. Most of us need to re-examine with urgency our relationship with the rest of creation.
Chris Seay provides the framework for us to do that with 40 days of reflections, grounded in the experience of the Exodus. Recognising that everyone in the West is addicted to something, Seay suggests that our study and prayer should be accompanied by fasting. The content of that he leaves to us, for only we know what it is that consumes us, negating our humanity and driving us far from God.
Many others have explored the relationship between faith and lifestyle but Seay’s approach is highly accessible. Much of this reflects his use of The Voice, a paraphrased version of the Bible that has much to commend it. The structure of the book helps too with each day’s reading accompanied by a prayer and information from one of the poorer countries on earth. A DVD is also available to facilitate group study and there is more information on the author’s own web site An ideal book for Lent, but can you afford to wait that long?
A Place at the Table has shot to the top 20 books on my shelves. I urge you to engage with it.
|Page last updated||26th March 2014|
|Author / Artist||Chris Seay|
|Publisher||Baker (January 2012)|
|Number of Pages||224|