As a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson publishers, I received a copy of The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher. This is the second book that I have reviewed for Thomas Nelson that I cannot recommend. I did find some redeeming statements within its pages: “One way to define sin is to ask, what separates me from God” (p.30) and “Jesus practiced a radical faith, everyone was welcome at his table” (p.92). The author misses the point of what communion represents between the believer and God.
Using the blood of Christ as a sacrament is to join us in remembrance of his sacrifice, not to join us to one another as the author asserts. There is a measure of validity to this statement, but it does not stop there. Having served communion to my own pastor on several occasions because the ushers neglected to do so during the service of the bread and wine to the congregants – I know firsthand that there is a connection between the server and receiver of this sacrament. The author’s experiences during the service of communion were beautifully expressed, but her neglect of the true purpose of communion was a terrible understatement of the obvious.
Luke 22:19 “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Jesus did not mean this meal to be taken lightly, by those who are unbelievers, or those who neglect to evaluate their lives and make amends to those we have harmed. Yes, everyone is welcome at his table, we must accept the host to eat there.
You might gain some interesting insights from this book, but it should be read with one eye kept on scripture so that one does not lose sight of truth and opinion.