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Book Review: Space At The Table

July 24, 2017
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Space At The Table is an intriguing, honest conversation between a father and son who have found a way to agree to disagree in love, respect, and honesty.

 

Brad Harper is an evangelical theologian and Drew Harper is his gay son, a freelance journalist. Their obvious difference in lifestyle sets up a raw and sometimes intense conversation based on the reality of their relationship.

This conversation centers around the beliefs Drew was taught as he was raised in the church, where he came from as a child, and where he has landed today. It follows his life from middle America to a New York City penthouse.  It also covers the thoughts of his father about his son, his whereabouts, and lifestyle through his journey. The differences between the two men are striking, yet their personal similarities are even more apparent.

As a parent, Brad has taken the steps to not only love and support Drew but to show both are unconditional. Their relationship has taken hits. They reveal how they’ve overcome the strain a difference in opinion and belief can put on a father-son bond.  As a child, Drew has remained his fathers’ son, seeing the importance of his family through a new lens. Through their candid words and revealed secrets, they both realize they respect the approval, love, and integrity of the other.

As a child, Drew has remained his fathers’ son, seeing the importance of his family through a new lens. Through their candid words and revealed secrets, they both realize they respect the approval, love, and integrity of the other.

As an added bonus, tucked away in the pages of conversation, there are words of wisdom from both men. These excerpts tackle many frequently worried about topics. The advice given is based purely on their personal experience.  It is candid and written in a tone of respect and helpfulness, not ever condoning or condemning.

I enjoyed reading Space At The Table, and I think it will prove to be a beneficial resource to families for years to come. The honesty of each author and not sugar coating the hard stuff makes reading about their journey even more worthwhile. Being able to reflect on real things that happen in life is much appreciated by this reader.

For another look at Space At The Table, see Zeal Books here.

You can also purchase Space At The Table here.

 

 


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I live on a small farm in rural Ohio with my husband and our family. Our garden is a mess, the laundry isn't ever all done, and someone always needs their mom. I spend a lot of time writing and reading, drinking coffee and being more like Jesus. These are the themes in my life and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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