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The Limits of Hospitality by [Wrobleski, Jessica]
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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)


As the title suggests, The Limits of Hospitality addresses the limits that people must place to make hospitality possible. However, the arc of Wrobleski's argument challenges the excessive limits to hospitality that the privileged erect either out of fear of for their own comfort. Through well-constructed theological arguments and compelling examples, Wrobleski gently nudges her readers beyond their limitations and into lives lived in the expansive embrace of God. Because it is laced with personal illustrations that make her theological arguments accessible, the book is well suited for undergraduates and will be a valuable resource in any academic or church library. Moreover, because it challenges the status quo while being theologically and spiritually sound, this book will be valuable to graduate and divinity students who are preparing their minds and hearts for a life better lived in Christ's hospitable grace.
RebeccaMeier-Rao, Edgewood College, Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society

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 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VSDB3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By Joseph W. Boutaugh on 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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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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