Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review: Welcome To Our Table by:Shirley&Danae Dobson w/Julie Johnson

 Welcome to Our Table
About the Book:
As the wife of Focus on the Family founder, Dr. James Dobson, Shirley has devoted her life to the ministry and embraced many opportunities to entertain guests. From dignitaries to backdoor neighbors to the family, Shirley has opened her heart and spread the table for all. Danae, James and Shirley's daughter, remembers the gatherings and lovingly recalls what her mother taught her about being kind and extending hospitality.

Now mother and daughter have gathered the stories of those celebrations and get-togethers to inspire others. They've collected time-honored family recipes and dreamed up more than a dozen seasonal parties to share with readers. Award-winning photographer Julie Johnson has artfully photographed each one with special attention to the delicious dishes and lovely table settings.

This beautiful book, as much a family memoir as it is a cookbook and a lesson in blessing others through the art of hospitality, will captivate readers, cooks, and party planners alike.

Shirley Dobson
About the Authors:
Shirley Dobson has served as chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force since 1991 and is on the board of directors for her husband's ministry, Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk. Mrs. Dobson holds four honorary degrees, is a nationally recognized author and speaker, and is well-known for her contributions to women's concerns, Christian organizations, and the institution of the family.

Author and featured speaker Danae Dobson began her writing career at the age of 12 and has authored 24 books to date. She is a popular speaker at church-related events, conferences, and seminars for women and teens. Danae has been a guest on television shows including The 700 Club and more than one hundred radio broadcasts. Danae lives in Southern California.

Julie Johnson built a reputation for quality and creative innovation as a photographer. Since establishing her business in 2001, her award-winning work has grown to include studio and on-site portraiture, wedding photojournalism, and four published books, Welcome to Our Table, Prayers for My Baby Girl, Prayers for My Baby Boy, and Southern Teatime Pleasures.

My Review:
 This beautiful book with its brilliant photography sets the mood at the dinner table year around. The Dobson family has been in some aspect of all of our lives for quite some time now. The book is divided into seasons, holidays and special events and is complete with stories and tips used in the Dobson household.  Shirley Dobson has engrained hospitality and good manners into her co-author and daughter Danae. They have created a masterpiece for families to use for years to come. Its an entertaining book complete with delicious recipes.

 My favorite part of the book is the section on a Bible Study get together and the story of how Mrs. Shirley has led many Bible Study groups and what has transpired with many of them. The Dobson family has a knack for spreading God's love&cheer through the preparations she makes for gatherings that she hosts. We could all benefit from kindness like that. If you would like to purchase this book you can at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Harvest House.