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A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others Paperback – 2006

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Product Details

  • 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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By J. Thomas on November 14, 2006
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I loved reading this book. I gathered encouragement and practical tips on every page. The author's personal stories and humor make this a book that is fun to pick up and hard to put down. The book motivated me to plan ahead for cooking, invite others over more often, and do simple things such as lighting a candle at dinner to make family time feel more special. She gives great tips for cleaning that actually made me itch to pull out my cleansers and tackle my housecleaning! I would recommend this book to anyone, old or young, who likes practical suggestions shared in a warm, conversational tone. Tea, anyone?
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Hospitality is on the decline, in my opinion. We're busy and don't focus on the art of entertaining like we used to do. I admit I don't have the gift of hospitality. After reading A Life That Says Welcome, I realize that it's not about what I do, but the condition of my heart, rather than my home.

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.
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Written by Hearts at Home speaker Karen Ehman, A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others is a practical introduction to the art of hospitality. Ad Ehrman explains, the secret of hospitality isn't primarily about how one's home is decorated or maintained, or what dishes are cooked; it's making one's guests feel welcome, and comes straight from the heart. Material matters are of course discussed as well, including the basics of battling clutter, dustballs and dirt; decorating on a shoestring budget; tips for hospitality on the road; and much more. As a devoted Christian, Ehman also shows how to open not only one's home to guests but also how to open one's life and soul as an avenue for God's love. An excellent selection of tips, tricks, and techniques for receiving guests with warmth and spreading joy.
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This one certainly won't win the Shulamith Firestone award for non-fiction. If you find repugnant the idea that a woman should make her home a warm and inviting place to be for her man, her kids and her friends, then this book is not for you!

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).
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I love this book. I have 3 small children, a husband, and a hyper dog. We want to entertain more and hope that people feel welcome in our home. I found encouragement on every page of this book, and many chuckles through-out. The humor hidden within the pages always left me coming back for more.
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Oh friends, if you struggle with feeling discontent with your home, please read this book. It has helped to change my heart entirely regarding openning up my home and the reasons for doing it. I used to believe that no one would enjoy coming to my home....it's old, I don't have 'first-hand' furniture, the diningroom needs a new coat of paint- but this book has gently shown me that the relationships I would be building far out-weigh the feelings of inadequacy and intimidation I felt. I hear so many mommas of littles and homeschoolers say they just can't keep an immaculate house AND invite company over and I think this book has great things to say about making people feel welcome, even if you have a pile of toys in the livingroom or laundry on the diningroom table to be folded. I truly have bought 4 copies of this book and have given them all out! I haven't a one for myself!
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