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A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others Paperback – October 1, 2006
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From the Back Cover
When it comes to hospitality it doesn't matter what size your house is, how it's decorated, whether or not it's spotless, or what you cook or don't cook. The secret to making guests feel comfortable is more about the condition of your heart than the condition of your home.
A Life That Says Welcome helps you make others feel refreshed, rather than impressed, in your presence. It's packed with inspiring tips on how to
decorate well on a budget
make the most of your space (no matter how small)
be prepared for unexpected company
create delicious, simple dishes your guests will enjoy
You'll be encouraged to not only open your home but to open your life as an avenue for God's love everywhere you go.
"Karen's book offers a good background in hospitality and today's form of entertaining as well as excellent ideas on how to put theory into practice."-Emilie Barnes, author, speaker, founder of More Hours in My Day
"Karen's practical strategies will help you open your heart and your home to whoever God sends your way!"-Jill Savage, executive director of Hearts at Home
"If you've ever longed for someone to demonstrate what it means to truly make your house a home, then your prayers have been answered."-Lisa Whelchel, bestselling author of Creative Correction, The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me, and Taking Care of the "Me" in Mommy
Karen Ehman is a speaker for Hearts at Home and the coauthor of the popular Homespun Gifts from the Heart and Homespun Memories for the Heart.
About the Author
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She has been married for over a quarter-century to her college sweetheart Todd and together they raise their three sometimes quarrelsome but mostly charming children in the boondocks of central Michigan. There she enjoys antique hunting, farm market strolling, and processing life with family, friends, and the many teens that gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking.
You can connect with Karen at karenehman.com where she helps women to live their priorities and love their lives.
Top Customer Reviews
There are tips and techniques to open your heart and home to unexpected guests, use the space you have and maximize it, decorate with what you have and within your budget, efficient entertaining, 'put out' good food that won't consume your time or stretch your budget or challenge your talent--and so much more.
Peppered with stories and biblical references, Ehman offers up a challenge to let your heart be the home of hospitality.
Armchair Interviews says: It's a good read.
One weakness that drops this from 5 to 4 stars: there is no index! A book that includes more than thirty recipes scattered in several places and even more hints on quick cleaning and easy decorating definitely needs to have a better way for readers to find a favored excerpt or recipe quickly.
For those of us who are cool with that idea, the book offers some strategies and encouragement for women who want to practice biblical hospitality both at home and on the road. It's perfect for the pastor's wife - or really anyone who wants to make her home a place that fosters God-centered community and fellowship. The author repeatedly stresses that hospitality is not about making your home impressive and fancy; rather it's about creating a safe haven conducive to the caring of souls. The book is dedicated to describing what that safe haven will look like.
While not all her ideas and recipes fit with my style, there were a few I really appreciated:
1) The author encourages women to put their families first. She openly shares a moment from her past in which her children witnessed her cleaning and preparing a special meal, and asked, "Who's coming over?" Her point: We shouldn't reserve our hospitality stores solely for when we have guests. Christian hospitality should be something we practice on our families everyday. It requires some effort and some sacrifice, but it's worth it.
2) I love her simple strategies for keeping Sunday a day of rest. She not a strict Sabbatarian, but she is concerned when she sees that Sunday is the most stressful day of the week for some women. (As a person who has historically reserved most of her lesson planning for Sunday, I am guilty of this).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To be honest, I found it boring.
Forced myself to read most of it, but eventually just took it to Goodwill. Nothing new.
Not at all what I was expecting. Was hoping for something more along the lines of Barbara Stoddard. What I got heavily tinged with the author's obvious Christian slant on things.Published 4 months ago by M. Denney
Just finished this book with a group of women from church. We used it for chapter chats. Wonderful book for some great principles and ideas for hospitality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol Carlson
The book looks brand new, even though it's not. It arrived quickly and I am currently enjoying reading it. Thank you!Published 6 months ago by Elisa Savoie
This book was worth every penny! I enjoyed Karen's candid approach to hospitality. Hospitality is not the same thing as entertaining. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hadley
I was excited to get this book and am enjoying the benefits from the information! the stories along the way are great also! Read morePublished 7 months ago by dawn senecal