The Sacred Meal, written by Nora Gallagher, is a book within the The Ancient Practices Series. Each book within this series centers itself on a specific “Ancient” topic or practice. This book is centered around the practice of communion and its proposed meaning.
Writing has and always will be subjective, or in essence, based on the author’s opinions on the given topic or subject. In most cases, this is not found to be a problem, for those who write are entitled to their opinions as much as anyone else. But when someone tackles a subject as obvious and controversial as communion, one must utilize more than just personal opinions.
The Sacred Meal is, in my opinion, a book written more in the author’s personal opinion/beliefs than on religious practices or scriptural fact. Communion is described in the author’s words on page 35 as, “A web, a web of people who were being stitched together. And tomorrow, we would need to be stitched together again. Over and over. One person to the next.”
Although communion is usually taken within a gathering of believers, it is not a stitching together of one person to another. Communion is a believer coming before God, seeking to remember all that He has done for him while gaining the strength to move forward into a new week, a new moment within his life. That, of course, is my opinion and is available to be challenged.
All in all, the book was, shall I say, an interesting read but not recommendable unless, after reading this, curiosity has taken hold of you.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
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