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The Limits of Hospitality [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Wrobleski
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Book Description

Practicing hospitality is central to building a civil society, not to mention living a Christian life. It can be enriching and joy-filled, but it can also be profoundly demanding and sometimes even dangerous. In The Limits of Hospitality, Jessica Wrobleski explores the ethical questions surrounding the practice of hospitality, particularly hospitality that is informed by Christian theological commitments.

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Perfect conversation partners—St. Benedict and his self-styled curmudgeon disciple, Terence Kardong! Readers seeking wisdom will find themselves drawn into exchanges on both contemporary and perennial issues facing monastics and others committed to living well in community. Who can escape concerns about mutual presence and mutual assistance, the value of silence, power dynamics, the good uses of electronic stuff, and what not to wear, as well as the dozen other practical topics in this essay collection? The author’s opinions will evoke yours.
Mary Collins, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS

This well-considered series of essays, bringing Saint Benedict's Rule into dialogue with contemporary attitudes and issues, is both instructive and entertaining. Each essay is thought-provoking, honest, and challenging. They are also powerful and contemporary expositions of basic monastic values.
Michael Casey, OCSO, Author of The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Saint Benedict’s Rule

Pick up this book and you'll find yourself immediately engaged in a conversation, at times inspired or nodding in wholehearted agreement, at other times vehemently disagreeing, and at other times laughing or smiling at its humor. As such, it is a great conversation starter for monastic communities, oblates, and faith sharing groups.
Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB, Vocation Director, Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Clyde, MO

The Limits of Hospitality is an honest, beautiful, powerful, and challenging book. A thickly theological ethic rooted in and informed by the experiences of Christian communities, this is a welcome, practical, and important contribution to the recent literature on Christian hospitality and Christian practices.
M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Marquette University

Rooted in a deep desire to strengthen the practice of Christian hospitality, this book provides an insightful and incisive look at some of its limits and tensions. Jessica Wrobleski thoughtfully weaves together personal narrative, theoretical material, and practical wisdom in addressing the central challenges in offering welcome.
Christine Pohl, PhD, Professor of Church in Society, Asbury Theological Seminary

Jessica Wrobleski is that rare kind of theologian who is a serious intellectual and a committed activist. This beautiful book is excellent both for its perceptive reflections on Christian hospitality and the personal narrative of someone who is hospitable. One should use the word edifying sparingly, but this book does indeed build up the mind and heart with its seamless blend of personal witness and its mastery of theological insights into hospitality.
Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus)

The mass of theological literature engendered by the ecumenical movement has stimulated important theological and philosophical reflection for the global human family, of which this volume is an important contribution. The book looks, helpfully, at the basis of the WCC and its contribution to deepening relations and reflection. It brings important philosophical and feminist theoretical reflection to bear on these developments and the future of dialogue.
Jeffrey Gros, FSC, Distinguished Professor of Ecumenism and Historical Theology, Memphis Theological Seminary

This is a bold and innovative attempt to re-frame Catholic theology in process terms. It leads to tolerant, humane and inclusive interpretations of many Christian doctrines, and Bracken mentions many scientific findings that give support to process insights. In my opinion, it is well worth studying as an alternative approach to classical theism and neo-Thomism.
Keith Ward, Modern Believing

About the Author

Jessica Wrobleski received her PhD from Yale University in 2009, with a focus on theological ethics. She has taught at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and is currently assistant professor of theology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0814657648
  • Publisher: Michael Glazier (April 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VSDB3C
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enlightening July 23, 2012
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A learned, well-written, in-depth examination of the meaning of "The Limits of Hospitality". Are there no limits to being a good Samaritan? Jesus accepted everyone: the leper, prostitute, tax collector, even the dead. But we are not Jesus! Are we allowed to have some limits, boundaries? Dr. Wrobleski deals with these complex theological questions by using some personal experiences and language that makes her positions understandable for the lay person, such as myself. For a book of this genre, I would rate it a 4 1/2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good lesson on limits April 18, 2012
Wrobleski has written a very sharp and astute book on hospitality, particularly the distinct limits that naturally come with showing hospitality to others.

Chapter 2, THE SPIRIT OF HOSPITALITY, is for me the best in the book, and her section on the role of confession and forgiveness in hospitality is simply excellent.

The one problem with the book is that the author keeps going back and forth between naming host as "she" and "he." It would've read much better if she had just picked one pronoun for the entire book.

Instead we have .."but rather seeks primarily to make HERSELF.."
.."a person experiences that HE is not alone..."
.."a host always grows in HER capacity........."
.."a host is a host only if HE owns the place.."

Other than that, an enjoyable read and one that will help anyone wanting to be more faithful and Christlike in their being hospitable to strangers and friends alike.
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