The Sacred Meal, by Nora Gallagher

I’ve been fascinated by the Eucharist since I was a child.    Whether Catholic, Episcopal, or practiced variably within a non-denominational setting, this ritual is always full of meaning. I just didn’t realize just how much meaning till I read Nora Gallagher’s book.

Gallagher has a knack for simultaneously speaking to the heart of both those who find ‘the sacred meal’ a rather stodgy, relatively tedious aspect of church and to others who cherish it as a much anticipated passage into the divine dimension.  She weaves into each chapter a story, which, at first inclines the reader to wonder if she’s off on some totally unrelated, yet fascinating tangent. Masterfully she brings it all home having totally illuminated another aspect of the Eucharist.

The eleven chapters of this book openly and honestly explore ‘the sacred meal’ through her own personal experiences through which the reader is invited to wonder anew about this practice with similar disarm. If you are looking for an in-depth theological and/or historical presentation on communion, this is not the book for you. If you have not enjoyed the celebration of the meal, give this author an opportunity to reframe it for you. I don’t think you will be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you love the Eucharist, take a gander at this book to deepen your love for Christ through The Sacred Meal.

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