Monday, August 31, 2009

Guest Review: Making the Blue Plate Special

Subtitle: The Joy of Family Legacies by Florence Littauer, Marita Littauer, and Lauren Littauer Briggs. Cook Communication Ministries, 2006. 320 pp. Reviewed by Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress, writer-speaker.

MAKING THE BLUE PLATE SPECIAL is intended to remind its readers of the great value in passing along family legacies. This book is a compilation of many stories by various writers. The stories are included in topical chapters authored and organized by Florence Littauer and her daughters. Chapter topics include holiday traditions, keepsakes, memorable meals, and family vacations. Sprinkled throughout are tips to assist readers in creating meaningful moments.

I perhaps most appreciated Marita Littauer’s foundational comments related to the importance of legacy. She moves the focus to God’s biblical plan for passing on truth through tradition, stories, and even genealogies. Her premise is that we are to be intentional about creating legacy because it gives us a sense of history and purpose.

While this book is readable enough, I had a sense of fragmentation. It covered almost too many topics. The flow and cohesiveness wasn’t accomplished as well as one might have wished. Also, the significant emphasis on collectibles gave me pause. I wondered if it might be possible to spend so much time and effort preserving the past that we clutter our present?

I did enjoy the honest, humorous transparency of Florence Littauer’s brother regarding family reunions --- as I have one coming soon. And I was glad for the continual emphasis on faith throughout the book.

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