Food is God’s Good Gift designed to give us greater gifts. In today’s culture, we have not stopped enjoying food, but the pressures of hurry and perfectionism have compromised the life God created for us to savor. Looking at Jesus’s “table life,” we discover how he transformed the tone, meaning, and connection of life at the table. This practical and insightful guide invites readers to discover how Jesus sets us free from the performance pressures so often associated with hospitality and the communion of the table. Table Life is a call to transform the daily routine of eating meals into a celebration of loving connections and spiritual nourishment.
About the Author
Joanne’s first childhood memory of the goodness of food and love at the table was biting into the gooey center of a cinnamon roll on Sunday mornings. Joanne and her husband Roger, a pastor, regularly practice hospitality by inviting friends and strangers to enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, and a scoop of sherbet. She has spoken on hospitality nationally. Joanne is also a part of the speaker team for FamilyLife “Weekends to Remember” marriage conferences. Her passion for homemade bread complements her love for tandem biking and cross-country skiing. The Thompsons have two daughters, and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
What's Being Said
“Reading Joanne’s heart on these pages makes me want to walk in her front door. She has helped us see what hospitality does and doesn’t look like and why it is perennially important. Family mealtime is vanishing from our landscape and it is a great loss. Rediscover the power for loving others with this simple and encouraging call to ‘come home.’”
—Barbara Rainey, speaker, artist, and author of Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember and When Christmas Came
“In a culture that often moves too quickly for conversation, that is too rushed for thoughtful meals, Table Life offers a better way. Wisely looking to the life of Christ and the pages of scripture, Joanne shows us the value of hospitality, the warmth of a meal, and the vitality of community. This is a timely read!”
—Kelly Minter, speaker, worship leader, and author of The Living Room Bible Studies and No Other Gods
“This exceptional book has a richness and honesty that we need to digest, and it’s not just for a good woman like my wife, but we men need to pay attention to these pages. We all need to be reminded of Jesus’s hospitality on our way to being life-giving, Christ-following people. And do try the Margarita Ice Cream Dessert you’ll find in Chapter 7—like this book, it’s good with any meal.”
—Wes Roberts, leadership mentor and organizational designer, Leadership Design Group
“Table Life is a compelling call to come to the table—a call to make an ordinary and common event infused with value and anticipation. There is a spiritually-rich connection of heart so often missing in our fast-paced culture. In scripture, shared meals were frequently times when God chose to show up. Table Life suggests He still does. ”
—Dr. Suzanne Stubblefield, clinical psychologist, director of Legacy, a women’s mentoring ministry.
“Never underestimate the POWER of an invitation in our isolated world. When we say ‘come to our homes, eat with us,’ hearts become soft and open. My heart was challenged seeing Jesus at so many table experiences recorded in Scriptures and reading current stories through Joanne’s book. Could this be the best way to befriend the ‘outsider to grace?’”
—Joyce Bademan, founder and international director of the Christmas Gathering Ministry