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How the Lords Supper Nourishes the SoulTaken by Communion: How the Lord’s Supper Nourishes the Soul (Baker, 2003) is a brief book that takes the reader through each phrase of the Apostle Paul’s relevant teaching on the Lord’s Supper. Dan Schmidt writes eloquently, expounding on Paul’s view of Communion and inserting interesting stories and illustrations. Schmidt is a pastor and he writes like one, showcasing his passion for the subject and his desire to gently nudge his readers to a better understanding of the Lord’s Table.

There is nothing groundbreaking in Taken By Communion. I admit that the title is actually more intriguing than the book, as Schmidt explains in the introduction how we are not “consumers” coming to the Table, but ones being consumed by the presence of God. But Schmidt does not go into more detail regarding this viewpoint, which in the end left me wanting more of what the book’s title seemed to promise.

Preachers and teachers will enjoy the colorful stories and sermon illustrations that Schmidt has included. There is very little indepth study of what actually takes place at the Lord’s Supper, so readers from a variety of denominations will find the teaching helpful. All in all, pastors and laypeople alike can benefit from Taken by Communion.

written by Trevin Wax  © 2007 Kingdom People blog

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​Trevin Wax is Bible and Reference Publisher at LifeWay Christian Resources and managing editor of The Gospel Project. You can follow him on Twitter or receive blog posts via email. Click here for Trevin’s full bio.

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