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.