Restore the Table

Discovering the Powerful Connections of Meaningful Mealtimes


Restore the Table shows readers the importance of meaningful mealtimes and how gathering around a table with those we love can help build relationships, improve our quality of life, and go deeper in our walk with God.

When is the last time you gathered around the dinner table with those you loved without distractions, having meaningful and intentional conversation? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. Americans have lost the art of gathering around the table.

Busy schedules, digital distractions, and loneliness plague us, making gathering around the table for a meal feel like something from the distant past. This is why Pastor Ryan Rush posed a challenge to his congregation: have five meaningful mealtimes with those you love each week.

The challenge took off and what happened was transformative. Marriages were strengthened, siblings got along better, people who had struggled with addictions began to face them, students’ grades improved.

The table changed everything.

In Restore the Table, Pastor Rush offers this challenge to all readers who want to strengthen their relationships, improve their quality of life, and go deeper in their walk with God. In the book, he addresses:

  • the tables of our pasts and how they’ve impacted us
  • why Jesus chose mealtimes to build relationships with people outside his circle
  • how to create a healthy and intentional mealtime habit with your loved ones
  • how the table can establish your legacy for years to come

Restore the Table will convince readers that the table is so much more than the place we eat. When used intentionally for discipleship and connection, the table can change the world.

About the author(s)

Dr. Ryan Rush serves as the Pastor of Kingsland in Katy, Texas—a thriving congregation of 5,000 dedicated to bringing Gospel transformation to homes. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD in Christian Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. Ryan has been married to Lana for thirty-one years, and they have three daughters. Ryan's book Walls: Why Everybody's Stuck (and Nobody Has to Be) was released by Tyndale House Publishers in 2011 and shares the principles and stories of Faith Breakthroughs that have become an important part of church life at Kingsland.

Ken Abraham is a New York Times best-selling author, known around the world for his collaborations with high-profile public figures. He collaborated on works with Lisa Beamer, Joe Gibbs, Payne and Tracey Stewart, Bill Gaither, Chuck Norris, Buzz Aldrin, and Randy Travis. Ken lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Lisa. He’s deeply invested in his family and grandchildren, a passion that drew him to this project. 

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