Book Review: The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

Book Review: The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

During this Holy Week I’ve been reading 
The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher
. This is a book in the Ancient Practices series published by Thomas Nelson. The Sacred Meal is about the practice of Holy Communion.

What makes this book special is the writing style of Nora Gallagher. Reading the book feels like sitting at a coffee shop with a good friend and comparing notes on the Lord’s Supper. The book is not a theological reference book but a conversational reflection of what it is to practice your faith in real life, what it is to contemplate on your practice of communion, what it is to bring the gifts of communion into everyday living.

Gallagher writes from the Episcopalian perspective but it’s not exclusive at all. I don’t necessarily agree with every word in the book but it beautifully brings me to reflect on the meaning of communion and the mystery of the sacred meal that Jesus himself initiated. The book emphasizes that unlike every other Christian practice, communion is meant to be done together, as a body of Christ. The book poses questions, stretches your Biblical imagination, and offers plenty to mull on. If you’re looking for a companion for digging deeper what communion could be this book is for you.

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May our Heavenly Father lovingly draw you in,
may Christ Jesus exuberantly feed you &
may the Holy Spirit blessedly send you out to the world to joyfully live out your faith!

Happy Maundy Thursday, my fellow pilgrim!

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