Three best-selling authors touring the South will provide “a night of faith, friends and food to feed the soul” during a stop in Tyler presented by Compassion LIVE, an entity created by Compassion International, a Christian child development organization, to provide events for people to join together and grow in faith.
Tyler is the last stop of the “Come To The Table Tour.” Angie Smith, a Christian speaker and one of the authors featured in the presentation, said the title is metaphorical for an actual table, a table with friends and a table in Heaven.
The presentation, at 6 p.m. Sept 29 at Rose Heights Church of God on Old Omen Road, will be a different kind of event than other conferences; it will connect with attendees in a different way, Smith said.
“The heart of it is discussing what it feels like to be believers who either don’t feel welcome at the table or feel they need to prove themselves … just inviting people to come and join us as we process to be part of the body of Christ,” she said.
Smith added, “We’ve got some things up our sleeves that I think people are going to enjoy. We are excited because we think it’s going to be a great night and that people will walk away feeling they got a lot out of it.”
Smith said the authors hope people will feel included as a result of the program, that it will deliver solid Bible teaching and that it will help them shift the way that they approach their faith, friendships and even their food.
“The goal is for them to be exposed to the gospel in a way that is impactful and to be with sisters in Christ as we all work through the hard parts of our faith together,” Smith said.
Smith, of Nashville, Tennessee, has written eight adult and children’s books, the last one being a Bible study titled “Seamless: Understanding The Bible as One Complete Story.”
Smith has a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. She took up writing a blog as a means of communication with friends and family to work through grief and struggles after she and her husband were informed that her fourth daughter that she was pregnant with would not survive. She went on to have a fifth child and eventually turned to writing books.
Smith said it is an honor that something she types out on a computer can get to people and make a difference to them.
She and the other two authors on the tour — Danielle Walker and Annie F. Downs — are close friends.
Walker, author of three New York Times best-selling cookbooks — “Against All Grain,” “Meals Made Simple” and “Celebrations” — will give a cooking demonstration and talk about her experience with an autoimmune disease.
Smith said Walker will help people understand the way that food affects their life and recognize the need for spiritual emphasis on taking care of your body the way that Gods wants.
Walker has appeared on the “Today” show, “The Doctors,” “Fox News,” “Access Hollywood” and other syndicated shows.
Downs — an author, speaker and podcaster — will weave together personal stories, humor and scripture during the presentation to highlight the goodness and presence of God.
Her books include the recently released “Remember God” and “100 Days to Brave.” She hosts the weekly “That Sounds Fun Podcast” and also co-hosts the long-running “Relevant Podcast.”