Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Sacred Meal

This book was a beautiful gift from Thomas Nelson and I certainly enjoyed it. The cover is as beautiful as the writing, and I will certainly keep it on my shelf. The title, The Sacred Meal, reflects the authors respect and honor for Communion. She provides a detailed examination of the act of communion as well as the history behind the act. My favorite aspect was her description of the importance of community of believers to take Communion with.

As much as I enjoyed the book, I had one major complaint – throughout 137 pages of description of Communion and the reason it is important for us, the author never mentions the cross or the resurrection. I kept expecting that this would be explored in the next chapter, but before I knew it the book was over, without a single mention of Christ’s death or resurrection. Because that is such an integral part of Communion, I could only assume that the author was avoiding any topic that may cause offense to readers who do not hold similar beliefs. I, for one, would much rather have read a differing opinion from my own than to have the entire issue so blatantly ignored.

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