Monday, April 8, 2013

Come to the Table by Neta Jackson Book Review

About the book: 
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.”

My thoughts:
What initially drew me to this novel was that the main character, Kat Davies, wanted to begin a food pantry. I thought that sounded like something that would interest me and it is also a plot different from any other I have come across. I realized  after I began the book that this is the second book in a series, but I feel like this book stands alone just fine without having read the first one. At the beginning of the book, maybe even still toward the middle, I was annoyed by Kat's character. She seemed immature, selfish, maybe a little naive and judgemental, but then we all have our own character flaws so I pushed through the novel. I am glad I did. It makes sense that Kat would be struggling as a new Christian to kind of feel things out, figured out where God is leading her and mature in the process. I felt by the end of the book, which concluded in a predictable but lovely way, she had grown on me and that I want to continue to follow her journey in subsequent books. I really enjoyed the character that was her love interest, Nick, he seemed to really bring out the best in her. I did feel that their relationship was somewhat drug out, but since Kat was very immature at the beginning of the novel, it only makes sense for this relationship to have been thought out and brought up slowly. I thought this was a good read. Anyone who enjoys being uplifted or even just to have relate-able characters to read about would enjoy this book. I plan to go back and read the novel that came before this one in the series, Stand By Me, to learn more about Kat and friends and look forward to the next in the series as well!
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*Disclosure- I received a copy of Come to the Table from the publisher via Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

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