Saturday, January 19, 2013

Book Review: Come to the Table - Great sequel!

Remember this book (Stand by Me) I reviewed by Neta Jackson? Well, I was excited when I heard the sequel was out and rushed over to get it.

So, today, I'll be reviewing, book number 2 in the SouledOut Sisters series:
Come to the Table.
Back cover summary

Kat Davies is suddenly wondering if her good deed was a bad idea.

Kat may be new in her faith, but she’s embraced the more radical implications of Christianity with reckless abandon. She invited Rochelle—a homeless mother—and her son to move in the apartment she shares with two other housemates. And she’s finally found a practical way to channel her passion for healthy eating by starting a food pantry at the church.

Her feelings for Nick are getting harder to ignore. The fact that he’s the interning pastor at SouledOut Community Church and one of her housemates makes it complicated enough. But with Rochelle showing interest in Nick as a father-figure for her son, their apartment is feeling way too small.
But not everyone thinks the food pantry is a good idea. When the woman she thought would be her biggest supporter just wants to “pray about it,” Kat is forced to look deeper at her own motives. Only when she begins to look past the surface does she see people who are hungry and thirsty for more than just food and drink and realizes the deeper significance of inviting them to “come to the table.”

Why I would pick this book up again

 Deep! That's one word to describe this book. I like the way the author took the idea of "eating at the table" and "feeding" people and just expanded on the many implications, physical as well as spiritual. It gave me a whole new insight.

I had found Kat Davies to be a little annoying in the first book and she was at first in this one. But then I suddenly grew to admire her. New in faith but willing to give her ALL and listen out to God's voice. Nick was my favorite character in the previous book and he still is in this one. I also grew to love and know more about the other characters. Like the young couple, Josh and Edesa.
One thing I truly love about Neta Jackson's books I've read, is the spiritual aspect. It might have been less in this sequel, but it was still powerful. Kat learns what it truly means to serve God and at the same time grows in spiritual maturity.
Favorite phrase/passage from the book:
When Nick and Josh get together to have some quality "guys' time".
Favorite verse:
Matthew 14. Especially verse 16.  This book helps to understand Jesus' words in verse 16.
"But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” Matt. 14:16 NKJV
What I didn't like
The whole misunderstanding with Rochelle really made me feel sorry for her.
Why I recommend this book
What amazed me in this book, like in the first, was how the author made this book so multicultural and so real that you could almost feel like you were reading real-life events. The author manages to talk about real life issues (poverty, sickness, issues in the church...etc) and very "real" characters while still putting a smile on your face. I congratulate her and look forward to another sequel.

I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze® (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for an honest review.
Have you read this book? If so, what do you think? If not, would you like to and why?
Oh and remember, books are great and all BUT nothing compares to the Bible! Continue to dig deep in the Word!


  1. I always enjoy your book review!

  2. Sounds like an awesome book. I love the way you outline exactly what you did and didn't like about a book. :)