Book Review: The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

Published by Thomas Nelson

Summary: The Sacred Meal is one of a series of books in The Ancient Practices Series. Author Nora Gallagher reflects on the significance of the Christian sacred meal, known as Communion or the Eucharist. Gallagher explains the connections between the practice of Communion and a Christian’s everyday walk. She draws from history and social issues, as well as her experiences serving Communion while training as an Episcopal priest.

Discussion: Nora Gallagher provides a heartfelt look at the transformational aspects of Communion. I especially liked her accounts of the eye-opening experience of fellowship among Christians from different economic backgrounds. She convincingly suggests that Jesus had intended the sacred meal to commemorate what He and the disciples “had together”.

Gallagher’s accounts of the experience of serving  Communion was moving and inspiring, but I had hoped to read a book which focused on the “ancient” aspect of this “ancient practice.” Although I identified with many of her thoughts on the sacred meal, I wanted more clear focus and direction, from a Biblical perspective. Still, I recommend this book to anyone interested in a new perspective on the sacred meal.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through All opinions stated in this review are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




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