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The Hour That Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  127 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews

The facts are on the table. Dinnertime is truly the most important hour in a day that a family can spend together. Focusing on the family meal, this book will help strengthen families by showing them how to reclaim this important time in order to build relationships, draw closer to one another, and restore a sense of peace in their homes. Millions of parents in America can

Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published September 1st 2011)
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Sarah Jamison
Nov 03, 2013 Sarah Jamison rated it did not like it
Super duh for me, but maybe not for you. That said, there's so much of this book that is just so very square one, for lack of a better term, that I don't know how anybody who cares enough to understand that a family eating together is a good thing and goes so far as to seek out a book about it, will not already know half of this. For real, I'm trying to picture the moms and dads for whom this book is a revelation and I can't because I don't want to think about people like that existing. I know t ...more
Lacie Ernst
Mar 29, 2013 Lacie Ernst rated it liked it
I've already been convicted on the importance of family dinners although at times I wonder why because they can be pure torture with my 3 children! Greg and I are very intentional about not scheduling any activities for us or our kids around the dinner hour. This can be challenging and of course there are some nights that are exceptions. I'm praying that it will pay off and I'm pretty convinced that it will make our family closer. This book furthered my conviction and also gave me some good idea ...more
Dec 29, 2011 JJ rated it really liked it
Great reminders about the power of eating dinner as a family and building relationships with your children each day. Our time with them goes so quickly. Would have liked more practical tips about making this dinner happen more easily. However, the general ideas were a powerful reminder to me and will result in changes to our family life. This one is really worth reading.
Whether you are looking to reclaim the dinner hour as a time to slow down and take a breather or establish a routine with family, The Hour That Matters Most can help you achieve this. Les & Leslie Parrott share lots of insightful, fun, and meaningful tips for making the dinner meal less about the t.v., and all about the family.

Promo: The facts are on the table. Dinnertime is truly the most important hour in a day that a family can spend together. Focusing on the family meal, this book will h
Aug 21, 2011 Katherine rated it really liked it
-Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review-

"This book is devoted to helping you reclaim your family dinnertime and reap the surprising rewards it has to offer" (page xiv). That being said, this book isn't one that *just* talks about the importance of family dinners. Don't get me wrong, it does talk about that, and offers research and statistics in regard to the benefits of a family eating together, but it has much more to off
Emi Bevacqua
Apr 27, 2012 Emi Bevacqua rated it liked it
Recommends it for: my brother
Shelves: non-fiction
I've been preparing frozen meals for my family at Dream Dinners for over four years, and the company was giving out this book as an incentive for us to keep coming - since Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna, the company's fo-founders, are co-authors of this book. The little bits that they contributed I found useful, especially the recipes accompanied by color photos and also the story behind the creation of their company. But Stephanie and Tina co-authored this with Les & Leslie Parrott, a self-h ...more
Oct 10, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, nonfiction
If getting the family together for a dinner meal seems next to impossible, apparently you're not alone. This book shows that while it is hard to do with everyone's schedule in different directions, it can really help the family unit.

According to the authors, dinnertime is the one time that brings the family together through conversation and a meal. But they also state that the 'hour that matters most' doesn't have to be dinner - it's a meal where the entire family can sit down with each other, h
Aug 29, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, foodie, 2011
I really enjoyed this book and got a lot more out of it than I'd originally thought I would. The premise of this book is why eating meals together as a family, especially dinner, is so important to each individual in your family as well as your family unit on a whole.

My family already eats dinner together almost every night (although my kids are only 2 and 5 years old so they hardly have somewhere better to be) but I was interested in the information the book had on family dinners and the tips
Oct 08, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good common sense advice on how to create and improve positive family relationships through eating together at the dinner table.

There is nothing revolutionary in this book. All of the bits of family psychology and relationship advice has been seen elsewhere, probably numerous times. The authors bring these together under the context of family dinners and discusses how this setting can be the best place to grow family relationships.

One of the major problems is the busy-ness of modern life and hav
Oct 13, 2011 Claire rated it it was ok
This book was given to me free, which is how it came into my hands. I initially skimmed it, and during some chapters, would actually read more in depth. What I liked about the book: the recipes included, the 4 line blessing, and the fact that it actually made me focus on what was going on at our dinner table. We already have a family dinner, so I didn't need to be convinced about doing that. I did not like how some stories in the book seemed to have nothing to do with anything. I did not like ho ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Monique rated it it was amazing
Quick read that reinforces the power of the family dinner. In this fast paced world, we have to get back to basics and protect our families. I've worked hard in the last year to cook healthier meals more frequently for my family. This book gives me the confirmation I needed to continue to press forward even when I feel overworked and under appreciated....I'm not satisified with being a "good enough mom" I want to be the mom God intended me to be and following these easy concepts of getting dinne ...more
Stacey Newton
Jul 10, 2014 Stacey Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I remember how important family meal time was in my own childhood. I wanted that same thing for my little girl so I thought I would do a bit of research to see how beneficial it actually was... Even though the book didn't need to go on and on about the same thing, it did have some interesting facts. The other thing I didn't like was how it pushed the meals you make at those meetings.. And they seemed to belittle fun,easy foods that while not for everyday fare can be good ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
What a great book!! I am not really big on parenting books or self help books, but this one really hit home. I found myself really trying to find ways to be more patient with my children and listen to them. This book really backed up what I already felt about sitting down to dinner as a family just about every night, with no distractions. I can see how this is going to have a profound effect as my children get older. Easy read and has some great recipes too!
Feb 05, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-nook-book
This book is filled with information on how important it is to prepare and eat food with your family. Not so surprising, but interesting nonetheless.
If you do not already do so, this book will give you the incentive to make dinnertime a priority for your family. If you already have a family meal there is still much to learn from this book including tips on communicating with your children and some new recipes to prepare for your family.
Kristina Seleshanko
Nov 16, 2012 Kristina Seleshanko rated it really liked it
An interesting combination about studies on why having dinner together makes families stronger and kids healthier, ideas on how to make family dinners happen, and cooking tips and recipes. Even if you already have meals together, you'll find helpful tips on getting your kids to open up to conversation. Good stuff!
Jul 22, 2012 Noel rated it liked it
This is a good book if you’re looking for ideas and suggestions for creating a family culture around food and meal-times. The authors are careful to exhort without laying on guilt. There are some interesting ideas and tips here, but at the end of the day, I would have liked more recipes and less exhortation.
Jan 28, 2012 Zandria rated it liked it
The authors make their case for family dinner time while providing child/parent communication advice. Unfortunately, they teamed up with two women in the meal preparation industry, so there is a bit of advertising for this company.
Jan 03, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Recommended to Linda by: JJ
If you eat dinner regularly with your family, don't bother. This book is intended for folks who are not used to "quality time" with their family. If you don't have much of that this book is probably good and useful.
Tara Osborn
Jan 05, 2013 Tara Osborn rated it liked it
I grew up knowing dinner together with my family was important. Now, as a parent, I feel doubly challenged to make it happen in my home. I didn't read anything earth-shattering, but I appreciated the gentle reminders to use my time and my words carefully.
May 01, 2012 Alana rated it liked it
Yes, I agree. Nothing revolutionary here, but underscores the importance of eating dinner together as a family. Some good ideas for conversation starters around the table. There are also a few recipes scattered throughout the book, which is an added bonus.
May 29, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: food
I'd say this is 3.5 stars. I saw it on the shelf at our library and picked it up because I wanted a better look at some of the recipes inside, but I ended up reading the entire thing. It was a good reminder of things that were already important to me.
May 16, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
good ideas and reminders to keep the focus on the relationships with your family members.
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Oct 18, 2012 Sue-b-doo rated it it was amazing
Unplug for 1 hour with your family over a nutritious meal & enjoy the love & comfort found nowhere else! Great for todays family.
Jul 14, 2013 Meghan rated it liked it
Reinforces the importance of family meals, interspersed with anecdotes and recipes. A quick read and useful for creating a family tradition of meals at the table together.
Julia Reffner
Dec 26, 2012 Julia Reffner rated it really liked it
A few good ideas for family dinner conversation and traditions, along with some great recipes from the creators of Dream Dinners.
Oct 17, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
Great book, really gets you thinking about family interaction and the importance of eating together.
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