The word hospitality can stir up many thoughts and most of them are probably not great ones for a big number of people. Our culture today is opposite hospitality. We want our homes to be the place we come home to and relax without anyone ever coming into our home, except on those rare holiday occasions. However, that is one of the greatest tools we have to NOT look like the world. Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements lay out a great game plan to help change your thoughts on hospitality (yes, introverts, even you aren’t excluded…but adaptations are made).
I loved the stories these two men share all throughout the pages reflecting on their own journey and both their successes and mistakes. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at some of their mishaps.
They have included an entire chapter on ways that you could open up your home to love your neighbors well. It is full of intentional ideas. The first 6 chapters deal with “The Potential.” Christians have such potential waiting just next door to them. I really liked how one of them had talked about wheeling their grill into their front yard in order to start a conversation. Too often, we let the busyness that we all have, crowd out hospitality and getting to truly know people. Hospitality doesn’t just happen. We have to be intentional about it and that’s hard. I liked how one of them spoke about intentionally choosing a day in their own lives and they share their own story about the day they chose.
I also like how they do acknowledge the sacrifice it can be because it definitely is. They also acknowledge being taken advantage of (through a story of their own). They also talk to their readers about how hospitality is not about having the perfect home or the perfect food. They even share some funny stories about that, too.
I also really liked the cover. It spoke perfectly as to what the book would be about. The picture on the cover is absolutely beautiful and I did find myself just staring at it when I would close the book!
This book is set up perfectly to be a 6-week small group study. It would be a fabulous study to do in a small group and lots of discussions would be included. It would be neat to see all of the many neighbors welcomed willingly into the homes of each small group member. And with summer here, what better time than to open up the grill, open up the gate, and invite your neighbors over. Or to even do an S’mores Saturday with them!
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.