Group Study Guide for

Whatever Happened to Dinner?

[Cover of Whatever Happened to Dinner?]

Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime

by Melodie M. Davis

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Also see Whatever Happened to Dinner? in the MennoMedia online catalog.

Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 8 Chapter 12
Chapter 1 Chapter 5 Chapter 9 Chapter 13
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 Chapter 10 Chapter 14
Chapter 3 Chapter 7 Chapter 11 Chapter 15

Chapter 6: Making Dinner Work

Scripture: Luke 10:38-42

Do you like this story? Does it make you feel guilty or smug? With whom do you identify? Do you wish you would be more like Mary or Martha? How can you change? How does this apply to more than making meals or doing housework?

  1. Is family dinner worth keeping and working to maintain? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think having a family business or being your own boss makes it easier or tougher to keep and establish family mealtimes?
  3. Have you ever staged a "cook's rebellion" where you served just crackers and cheese, bread, or cereal to kids who refused to try new things?
  4. How does the story of Martha and Mary apply to your own setting? What would happen if we were all Mary’s, every evening? Who would cook? What is the point of the story?
  5. How do we make time for the "better things" while still getting necessary work done? What is necessary work? Who defines it for your family?
  6. Who does most of the cooking in your home? Are all parties happy with that arrangement? How do you best use everyone’s skills and time? Do you teach boys and girls to cook?

Activity: Decide whether you will sign up for the six month challenge to “Make Dinner Work” at the Facebook page for this book. If you do, make plans to follow through.

And/or: Pick a "Supper Surprise Night" activity from this chapter, selecting as a family from which possible "surprises" you will draw. When the meal you are fixing is nearing completion, draw out what your surprise will be and finish fixing the table in whatever manner the surprise indicates.

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