The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

by Kristin Schell


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A simple way to connect your neighborhood, your community and build friendships.

Are you consumed with a busy life but unsure how to slow down? Do you desire connection within your community and think, “Absolutely, but I don’t have time for that” or “I can’t create that”? What if there was another way through it all, a way to find those moments of peace and to create a time for honest, comfortable connection? What if meeting neighbors and connecting with friends was as simple as showing up and being available?

Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Life changed in her community and it can change in yours, too. Alongside personal and heartwarming stories, Kristin gives you:

Stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise Table

Simple recipes to take outside and share with others

Stories from people using Turquoise Tables in their neighborhoods

Encouragement to overcome barriers that keep you from connecting

New ways to view hospitality

Today, Turquoise Tables are inviting individuals to connect with each other in nearly all fifty states and seven countries. Ordinary people like you wanting to make a difference right where they live.

Community and friendship are waiting just outside your front door.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718095581
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 115,962
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kristin Schell is an established speaker and blogger on the subjects of food, faith, and hospitality. Passionate about community, she has served at every level, from grassroots-level work in church and local nonprofits as well our nation’s capital. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children.

For more information on the Turquoise Table please join Kristin at

Kristin’s book The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard (Thomas Nelson, a part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing) releases in June 2017.

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The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
The Turquoise Table Finding Community and Connection In Your Own Front Yard By: Kristin Schell This beautiful book is welcoming and relaxing cover with bluish brown shades of the table to invite you to open the book and welcome you into the pages to take a journey on knowing how to connect with your neighbors and maybe make new friends along the way. Kristin wanted to be able to connect with people. She didn’t know how to go about how to doing it. Kristin went to a conference in her home town of Austin, Texas. There were several Speakers but when the lights shown on Jo Saxton she had a British accent, she delivered a line that changed everything. As Kristin listened, Kristin finally asked God “I can’t be what I can’t see, so show me!” The answer came at an unexpected place. Kristin started to feel like she had purposes for her life now as her heart started to change. There are recipes for your gathering with neighbors; she gives good ideas of different things to do throughout this beautiful book. The stories she tells throughout this book are really worth buying this book just for the stories. I recommend this book highly. I put the ISBN No. so it is easier for you to tell a worker at the store and they can help you locate books faster. I received this beautiful book free from Booklookblogger for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-7180-9558-1
polkadottyplace More than 1 year ago
The Turquoise Table by Kristen Schell was a really inspiring read. It's the perfect book for summer! The book is gorgeous. It is filled with pretty pictures and recipes throughout the story. I loved the idea of going out of your comfort zone to notice your neighbors and to build real relationships in a busy world. Her ideas to build community were simple, straightforward and really motivating. Schell gives personal examples and many testimonials about the impact of these turquoise picnic tables in various communities. I had never heard anyone talk about hospitality vs entertaining before. She drove home the point that hospitality is about serving others and entertaining is about putting the focus on yourself. When your goal is being hospitable you don't have to stress about how clean your house is or all the party details. You can just make plans to listen, care for and serve people. I loved her message of slowing down, paying attention to the people around you and taking time to connect with others. She didn't abandon her motherly responsibilities or do anything crazy - she just dedicated time each day to build her community. I don't plan to put a picnic table in my front yard, but I loved her message of being front yard people and looking for ways to connect with the people around you. I took notes and am excited to put her ideas into practice this summer.
caeb19 More than 1 year ago
We moved into a new rental in a neighborhood a little over two months ago. Neighborhood life has been such a change from apartment living near a busy road. I have been hoping to meet some of our neighbors, so when I saw the tagline for this book "Finding Community and Connection in your Own Front Yard" I was intrigued. The book, The Turquoise Table, shares of the story of how author Kristin Schell came to have a turquoise table in her front yard and the life change it brought with it. But beyond just the story itself, the book is full of recipes, reflection questions and exercises, photographs, and more, all bound up in a beautiful hardcover book. Reading the book sparked my imagination as to how I can reach out and connect to our new neighbors, and it inspired me to remember the true spirit of hospitality lies in opening up our lives to others. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
JennGrand More than 1 year ago
Do you know your neighbors? Do you know them? Do you wish you did? So many of us wish we had neighborhoods like ones we grew up in, where neighbors were friends, and kids rode bikes and played cops & robbers together. That's exactly what author Kristin Schell wanted, so she did something really simple: she put a picnic table out in her front lawn and painted it turquoise. She then invited friends, neighbors and strangers to come sit with her, talk and enjoy the day. It transformed her neighborhood, and because of her example, lots of other people have been putting their own turquoise tables up in their neighborhoods. If you have a desire to get to know your neighbors deeper than the, "how are you?" "good" type conversations, this book is for you. It's fabulous!