The Hour that Matters most by Les and Leslie Parrott can best be described as a hodgepodged overview of how to get the most out of family meal time. It's hodgepodged nature isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely reflects the style of this book. Reading more like a series of magazine articles, this book covers eating together, improving communication, instilling values and table manners and various recipes.
The topic is an important one and this book does a good job of hitting the highlights of the critical components in a family-strengthening mealtime. The problem for me was there wasn't much in this book that I didn't already know. We already put a priority on mealtime and most of our meals are home cooked. While I didn't find the information to be new, this may be a very valuable book for a family who wants to break the cycle of rushed fast food mealtime or for the family that has trouble connecting when they are together. Overall, I would say I recommend this book. The information in it is very good, even if it is just a "hit the highlights" overview.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in return for this review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review.