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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Table Talk...Review and Giveaway

About the book:
Nothing has a greater or more lasting impact on children than their parents, yet our society tries to weaken that influence. Talking and teaching are two things best done at home. Using hundreds of fun questions and quotes from this book, watch as your family comes together to discuss the most important issues of life---patriotism, values, fun, faith, and more.

Growing up, family dinner was something that we did nearly every night.  We ate together and we talked. We talked about our days, we talked about life, about God and Christian principles.  My parents didn't have anything to help facilitate discussion, it just happened.

We also didn't watch television during the week and I have many memories of sitting in the living room with my sisters and at least one of my parents while we all did our homework.  As we studied, we talked: about assignments and questions that went with those assignments.

Today, I still hold family dinner sacrosanct and my boys end up doing homework together around the kitchen table.  We talk as they study and we talk during dinner.  My husband will often ask the boys about the best and worst parts of their day.

One of the things I really like about Table Talk is the discussion prompts.  It's so easy to pull the book out and find a relevant question or something that prompts a different question.  The book is small and can be tucked into a purse or sit unassuming on a counter.  Use it in the car as a discussion prompt as you drive to school or activities.

Sample questions include: "If you could ask God one question, what would it be?"  And, "If you could magically live in any time in history, when would you choose?"

Some questions are geared towards older kids, others to younger.  But, all promote discussion and dialogue and encourage teaching moments with your family.

Thanks to Cedar Fort for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about John and Tina Bushman here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 2/13
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4/5 Stars


Thanks to the publisher, I have an extra copy to offer as a giveaway.

It really bugs me when you have to jump through tons of hoops in order to enter giveaways, so a comment with your email address will suffice.

However: If you change your profile to have your email address visible, if it isn't already, you will gain an additional entry. I ask this because it's so annoying to have someone leave a comment you would like to respond to, but can't, because their email is hidden. This is especially annoying if a question is asked in said comment.

If you choose to become a follower or tell me you already are, you can gain an additional entry too.

If you wanted to blog or tweet about it, that's great too, and you'd get an extra entry for that. Just tell me in your comment if you've done any of the extras.

You don't need to leave separate comments for each thing (too annoying!).

Seriously though, just commenting is enough for me.

U.S. address only. Sorry!

This giveaway is closed.


  1. Thanks for this lovely giveaway which looks captivating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. As a child, I never ate with my family, but now that I am married, I do it every night, and try to get a conversation going that will enliven things. I think this book would be perfect for me, because sometimes, I just don't know what to say! Excellent review today!

  3. An interesting and special giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Table Talk sounds like a great book. Those family dinners and discussions are so important when raising children.

  5. We could really use some conversation starters for our family dinners. Sometimes it seems like the kids can't wait to finish their food and get back to whatever they were doing before we sat down.

  6. Sounds like an excellent book!
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  8. What a great giveaway! Thank-you so much. Perfect timing for our family; we just finished all of the table talk questions that I had prepared!
    I checked the box that says to email comments to my email address...is that the same as having my email address enabled in my profile! (Sorry, still a little new to this, and don't want to just post my email in the comment...)
    This is my first time visiting your blog, and I found it from the Mormon Moms blog (which was also my first visit to their blog!).
    Thanks again!

  9. Joy,

    Checking the box when you commented only means you will see every comment made on this post.

    At the moment, your email is not visible to me, nor is your profile public. I could not respond to you via email. If you want to make your email visible or your profile visible, you need to go into your user account with blogger and under privacy you can choose to "share my profile" and "show email address". Having your email address visible allows people to comment directly to you, if you've commented on their blogs. It's a great way to get to know other bloggers. Many people create separate blogging only emails for this purpose.