- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Revell (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800731395
- ISBN-13: 978-0800731397
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others Paperback – 2006
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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.
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 10 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 12 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 13 months ago by Elisa Loves Life
This book was worth every penny! I enjoyed Karen's candid approach to hospitality. Hospitality is not the same thing as entertaining. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Hadley