I <3 Book Review: Come To the Table

By Neta Jackson

By Neta Jackson

Come to the Table (A SouledOut Sisters Novel #2)

Neta Jackson

December,2012

Thomas Nelson

Christian Fiction

400 pages

2 Stars

Goodreads

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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 TAKE 

DISCLAIMER !!! I have not read the first book in this series Stand By Me.  And that is probably where I went wrong.  I did not have an emotional attachment to any of the characters like you normally would have in a sequel  so my thoughts are purely on the book and not the overall series.

The story focuses on Kat and her roommates Nick, Bree and Rochelle. Kat,the “babe in Christ” has the extra dose of passion all new believers have.   She brought in a young mother and her toddler son to live in the apartment she shares with her two other roommates, she wants to help people living healthier lives by teaching them about nutrition, she’s secretly in love with her roommate Nick the pastoral intern and she dumpster dives for food…for her house.  I don’t know about you but if I found out my roommate was getting our food from the trash I think Id… Nick is a seminary student looking to be a pastoral intern at SouledOut the church.  Which is interesting because he shares an apartment with women and he likes one of them.  We don’t know too much about Bree except she works at a coffee shop.  And Rochelle is a single mother to a hyperactive two-year old with a secret that affects the whole house.

When Kat gets a revelation to start a food pantry at the SouledOut church instead of teaching nutrition classes we really see her struggle with “is this God or is the me”? Does she have the faith to see the vision through? Even when some of the church members are not quite sold on the idea. And that isn’t her only problem, she notices Rochelle and Nick are growing closer and she’s worried their friendship may turn into something else.  As usual you have to read to find out what happens ( I’m not in the spoiler business).

One thing i liked about Kat was her passion for helping others.  She had a very sincere heart but she didn’t know what to do with it.  Sometimes she came off as smart and determined and in the next page she could be weak and scatter brained.  It’s no secret in the book that she liked her roommate Nick but because of her immaturity I didn’t find myself rooting for the hero and heroine, which is strange for me.

I was not crazy about this book, in fact throughout most of the book I was quite annoyed.  The author was trying so hard to get you to like the book that it seems forced.  But who am I?  I suggest you read a book for yourself unless I say absolutely NOT TO.

MycheleAnjelica

I received this book free from the publisher Thomas Nelson Publishing through Booksneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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