Kate Jackson’s brilliant book is marketed as “a seven course Bible study” – seven chapters, seven meals with Jesus. It will be well received by small group leaders everywhere. There are excellent individual and group questions, quotes from biblical scholars, useful cultural insights and thoughtful reflections from the author.

The book brings Jesus up close, and asks some compelling questions, such as: “Do mercy and love come first, or does the need to ‘fix’ the other person? Is there something you have been putting off which God has told you to do?” 

There are places where the reader may get lost in the detailed biblical argument. That said, there will be more Kate Jackson books with more jewels to discover – and more meals taken more seriously and thoughtfully in the meantime.