it’s ironic; one of the most polarizing elements of Christianity is communion, the Eucharist, the sacred meal. communion is meant to be done together and it’s meant to bring sisters and brothers in Christ together.
The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher is a volume in The Ancient Practices series from Thomas Nelson Publishers.
it’s a wonderfully written book. Gallagher writes with a personal and memoir-like style that is easy and enjoyable to read. she explores the history and practice of communion from early Christianity to today. she discusses the significance, spirituality, and theology of communion. she shares personal stories and insights that give us, the readers, another perspective of communion that is real food for thought.
my own tradition, The Salvation Army, does not currently practice communion in the traditional sense. why? it depends who you ask and who you read. i’ve participated in the sacred meal at ecumenical Good Friday services with other brothers and sisters in Christ from different denominations. i personally believe communion is best expressed at times of ecumenical gatherings.
The Sacred Meal is a great read for Christians of all traditions, expressions, and denominations. it not only explores communion, but community. something we all agree is important.
*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*