HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-Sized Pieces
Author: Annette Hubbell
Cover Designer: Sharon VanLoozenoord
Publisher: Credo House Publishers, 2017
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Suitable for all ages
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hubbell, Annette. A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-Sized Pieces (Publishes in 2017 by Credo House Publishers, a division of Credo Communications LLC). “Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down in a most delightful way.” So sang Mary Poppins in the famous Walt Disney film based on the books by Pamela L. Travers. Well, according to author Annette Hubbell, 2018 Illumination Awards Silver Medalist for exemplary Christian Writing, “Just a spoonful of grace” can make the entire mealtime more delightful. This book is a collection of 366 thought-provoking, gratitude-building daily graces. There are 304 Everyday Graces, 52 Sunday Graces which are a bit longer with bigger spoonfuls, and ten Special Graces for holidays and birthdays. Each mealtime reflection begins with a short scripture reading, contains a prayer of thanksgiving, and concludes with a conversation starter.
When our boys were growing up we did something very much like this at our main meal each day—read a passage of scripture (when they became old enough, the boys and I took turns reading), discussed its meaning and application, and then expressed our thanks for the food. I offer two observations. First, this book incorporates several easy-to-read modern Bible versions for the readings. There is nothing necessarily wrong with that, but it is a fact that some “translations” are better than others. A large number of the readings in A Spoonful of Grace come from The Message (MSG) by Eugene H. Peterson. I for one do not like The Message because I think that its paraphrasing goes too far in its desire for “dynamic equivalence.” We prefer to stick with the New King James Version.
Someone else had a similar observation. “My only caveat to this is that one scripture verse in here uses the word ‘stupid’… And if you have young kids with brains like sponges, as I do, you may want to swap in ‘foolish’ instead if it’s not language you want to hear in your home.” Second, not everyone may appreciate some of the suggestions for the prayers, such as closing with “Yay, God. Amen,” singing grace to the tune of The Addams Family TV show theme song, and addressing God as “Daddy.” However, these two observations primarily involve matters of personal preference, and each family can adapt the devotions to meet its own needs. If you’re desirous of putting more grace into your family’s meals, this book could provide a helpful starting place.