Item description for A Table for Two: A Mother and Her Young Daughter Face Death Together by Alisa Bair...
Overview A mother and her young daughter face death together. The mysteries of life and faith underlie this true story of a family losing its youngest member to cancer. As bewildering is the child's extraordinary perception and her character, which takes on shining power as her body loses strength. The book includes Kelly's diary entries, her Christian family's efforts to live as normally as possible, and, through it all, her mother's persistent hope, faith, and love. Vividly written.
Publishers Description In a remote canyon in northern New Mexico the early morning stillness is broken by voices chanting praises to the Lord. And thus begins the daily cycle in the Godcentered life and search of the Benedictine monks at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.Seeking God is a monastic tapestry. The daily life of the monks is interwoven with the seasonal changes and celebrations and the candid words of the monks as they speak of their life their hopes and doubts their hardships fears and joys their prayer. Weaving this tapestry together are the hauntingly beautiful chants songs of praise and reverence that echo through the darkness before dawn throughout the day through the solemnity of Vespers in the evening and Compline at night. The majestic beauty of the environment captured in every season reflects a peace and tranquility that becomes an integral part of this monastic tapestry. The high red rock walls of the canyon where eagles fly cradle the valley whose stillness is broken only by the flowing waters of the Chama River and the winds that occasionally funnel through. Seeking God presents the ongoing process of the monastic way through the words and activities of these Benedictine monks as they move through the day and through the seasons in their search for God through prayer work study and song.
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Studio: Good Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date Nov 25, 2001
Publisher Good Books
ISBN 1561482188 ISBN13 9781561482184
Reviews - What do customers think about A Table For Two?
Been through it, too. Dec 15, 2001
After I lost my seven-year-old son Timmy to a brain tumor, I spent the first two months or so reading every book I got my hands on by other parents who had lost children. It was a type of therapy, I guess. Later, I found A Table For Two, and it has become one of my favorites because I can identify so strongly with Alisa's experience. This is a REAL book. It seems to me that these children who are destined for abbreviated lives are often specially graced with an unusually deep faith. It was true for my son and others as well as for Kelly. Thank you for writing the book, Alisa, I know how painful it was to relive the experience in order to do so. Rest assured that Kelly's memory is living on, and that her faith still speaks. I'd like to write our story too, someday.
A young girl battles life in the name of Jesus Mar 22, 2000
A very well written saga of a young girl, Kelly Bair, and her quest to carry Jesus in her heart every remaining day of her life. Kelly's parents, family and friends are carried through life with a twist of events when their daughter and friend is diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.
The wondrous quality of this book is that readers discover there in no ending to this story of life that we lead - only a beginning. Little Kelly Bair is truly the missionary that she imagined herself to be. Her life story will bring more and more people to the Table for Two. Through Kelly, more will be able to dine with Jesus.
Recommended for the entire family. A very resourceful book for families coping with the death of a child.
A wonderful story of faith and hope amidst personal tragedy Jul 22, 1999
Hat's off to Lisa for sharing this personal story in such an open, eloquent and touching manner. Although I was brought to tears frequently in reading this book, it touched me deeply and strengthened my own faith in God and my appreciation for every moment here on earth. I later found the audiobook at audible.com where the author reads the book personally... a great way to experience this story directly from the author's audible words. Highly recommended reading or listening!
The tensions of hope and frustration of a dying child. Apr 5, 1999
This book is a mother's heartfelt experience of parenting her young daughter who has a brain tumor. Although we are encouraged by the faith and spiritual experiences of the child, we also cry with the mother who so wants to help her child through this difficult time. The book addresses the frustrations of dealing with hospitals and procedures, the joys of having the support of friends, family and sympathetic nurses, doctors and child life specialists and, probably most importantly, the way this family chose to talk to their child about death. This book is not trite and does not present just the "warm family memories" but allows us to see the ups and downs of dealing with this crushing disease. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who has a child with a terminal disease or who has a friend with a child with a terminal disease.
Heart wrenching, powerful love story Feb 16, 1999
As a mother, this book was painful to read but also heartwarming to finish. Often blinded by tears, I couldn't not finish this book. Thank you Lisa for having the courage to write this book as a testament to His great love. I have recommended it to all my friends.