What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.
With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.
- Thank you for this gift, Mrs. Butterfield
As a previous reviewer mentioned, this book was a good long sip of hospitality. Here we see no long to do lists (except peeking over the shoulder at the author’s own chores), and we hear no charismatic yet personally distanced appeal to do something the author imagines would be a good idea.
Instead, Rosaria invites us into her life just as it is, sharing the glorious and the repugnant whether it makes her look like a humble braggart or a goof.
What a God to write such a story.
- An odd, challenging book.
I liked it though. Not a template, but an encouragement. And Mrs. Butterfield's voice grows on you.
- If only one book, get this one.
Amazing book! It was so much more than a book on hospitality. She first gives you the key to her home and life. She lets you in. I felt like the author pulled up a chair in my kitchen and spoke from her heart and scripture. I found myself laughing out loud and crying about her mom. There are not many books I will recommend on audio alone, but this is one. I feel a friendship and encouragement with the author. I have asked both my college aged children to listen. This has convicted me on so many levels and yet given me a vision.
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FANTASTIC-while the reality is that each person will live out hospitality in different ways, this is an excellent picture of how one family does it, with good encouragement and practical ideas.
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