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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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 8: Eat My Grits! The Kitchen Culture Wars

Scripture: 1 Samuel 25:1-44

Read this passage silently (since it is long). What stands out as you read this story? Do you remember reading it before? Read or reread the paraphrase from the book, pages 126–27, to better understand what is going on in the story. How did God use Abigail? Was there ever a time when you felt God used you to keep the peace? Share.

  1. How do you know when a dish is not going over with your spouse or family? How do you feel? How can you not feel personally rejected?
  2. How do your family's regional differences or backgrounds affect food likes and dislikes?
  3. Have you ever felt you were serving a "peace meal" like Abigail's? Share.
  4. What does cooking together in community groups do for you, your family, or community? Do you enjoy it? Can you cook or work well in that setting or do you enjoy cooking by yourself the most?
  5. Do you enjoy helping children learn to cook or do you prefer doing it yourself? How can you learn patience for teaching kids to cook?
  6. Do you and your spouse cook together? Does that work? Why or why not? Share tips for making it work.
  7. Have you experienced the joy of community cooking? Tell why.

Activity: Plan for an experience of cooking a meal together as a group in the next month. Go to the home of a group member for this. When finished with the meal and clean up, discuss the experience. What went well? What did you like or dislike? What did you learn?

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