"This lovely little book is one gigantic resource on the whys and hows of Christian hospitality." ~Ann Tatlock, novelist, editor and children's book author
In Embracing Hospitality, Brenda Shipman gives an engaging presentation of Christian hospitality and provides helpful insight into these common questions:
~How can we create an ambiance that reflects the character of God?
~Why do we often shy away from hospitality?
~How do we become better conversationalists, listening and speaking with grace?
~What are the blessings and benefits of serving as a host?
~How can we more eagerly embrace the work involved with hospitality?
Being an introvert herself, the author also addresses the realistic struggle of reaching out to others when one is not naturally outgoing, and how shy people can be effective hosts.
Through examples found in the Bible and an array of whimsical literary characters, this book offers practical principles and lessons on hospitality. Brenda also shares engaging stories from decades of hands-on experience, along with pointers for meal and home preparation.
After presenting the why of hospitality—God's amazing hospitality extended to us through Christ—this book then gently helps the reader move from avoidance of hospitality to a greater joy in making the home a place of sacrificial, generous welcome.
If you are a hesitant host, this book just might be the nudge you're looking for to open the front door.