As a review for Thomas Nelson, we are able to choose our next book to read…and I will be honest that it was the cover art that first caught my eye. Simple and yet with so much meaning, the cup and the bread made me stop…and when I read the cover info on the book, I was hooked as I am ever trying to understand more about Christ and the gifts He provided for us as we try to get closer to Him.
While I would have to say that there are a few areas in which Mrs. Gallagher and I would differ (in regard to spiritual practices and beliefs), I can honestly say that this book is one that was well-written and can be very gripping for any heart that loves God and knows the purpose of Holy Communion. There were areas in the book in which I wrinkled my forehead in question to her thoughts, such as when she said that communion was “devised cleverly by and for human beings, to help us get in touch with the Holy“. Communion was established by Christ Himself as a reminder of Him, His love and His sacrifice.
There were many areas, tho, in which I found myself pausing to pray, worship and even cry as I tried to wrap my mind around all that God is and designed this practice to be. Two things she said in this book made me mark them, as they really made me stop and ponder the simple truth found in them.
The first is a quote by Heda Kovaly regarding life after being liberated from the Concentration Camps in Europe:
The second was a line written by the author:
“I remember thinking as I worked in the soup kitchen that I didn’t want to know what I was learning. Because then my life couldn’t go in the same way… What we learn, we cannot unlearn. What we see, we cannot unsee. (But) Jesus doesn’t call us to live in soft cocoon, distracted and undisturbed, allowing others to pay the cost of our comfort.”