The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher
Annoying. This book was one of the most annoying books to read that I’ve ever read. I had great trouble even finishing it.
I thought it was going to be about the practice of taking communion. Instead it was bits and pieces of the author’s life strung together with the occasional story having something to do with her experience with communion.
I kept waiting for it to get better. It didn’t. I lost count at the number of times I thought, “What in the world does this have to do with communion?”. The author seemed all over the place with unrelated stories, issues and opinions. I started to think that the author was merely writing words in order to have enough to fill up the space.
I waited for a discussion of the New Testament references to the communion. None, not at all. I waited for a discussion of how we could remember Christ through the communion. Nope, not that either. A comparison between how different denominations celebrate communion? No, again.
To be fair, if you are from an Episcopal background you may find some solace from this book where the author actually relates some of her experiences of taking or giving communion. Other than that, I cannot recommend this book on any other merit.
To purchase your own copy of this book go here: The Sacred Meal: The Ancient Practices Series
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