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A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others Paperback – 2006
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When people leave your home, are they spiritually refreshed or merely impressed? Here's how to make others feel welcomed and loved wherever you are.
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Our home isn't and shouldn't be magazine ready. A picture perfect home takes the focus off of your guests and puts it on your home. That isn't the purpose of entertaining others. I always put things off and say when things get better I will do such and such and it NEVER happens. Ms. Ehman gives us simple tips and tricks we can use to start being of service today.
This is such a lovely book that warms your heart and makes you feel more comfortable entertaining. It will help you embrace the role of hostess and not in a way that is materialistic and show-offy, but in a way that genuinely welcomes others. I highly recommend it.
As a Christian, hospitality has never been one of my strong suits. While I was raised to write Thank You cards and have manners and to completely serve others in our home, it never went beyond that bubble and I have been a work in progress only now starting to get a clue within the last few years.
This book is wonderfully written. I find myself giggling a lot, but it is also inspiring. While I haven't read a ton of it yet, I found myself taking what I had read and applying it to my dad and step-mom when they recently came to stay with us and I think they had a great time. I didn't worry about my house looking perfect and clean all the time. We were still very real and our house was very approachable for them. In fact, I think they made themselves quite at home in our living room, lol! I can't read the rest of this book.
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). She encourages women to be intentional about preparing for Sunday: On Saturday night before going to bed, pack the diaper bag, set the Sunday table, pick up the living room, do the lesson planning, all so that we don't find ourselves frantically rushing out the door Sunday morning, or neglecting to invite people over after church because our house is messy or we have too much to do. They are simple, somewhat obvious suggestions, but I found them helpful and inspiring.
3) She shares some fun ideas for engaging kids in the kinds of creative pursuits that make them eager to spend time at home.
Her style is down-home, informal and conversational, which might not be everyone's cup of tea. I think her ideas are worth reading and implementing, though, for anyone who desires to be more hospitable. I enjoyed it overall.
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Forced myself to read most of it, but eventually just took it to Goodwill. Nothing new.