- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764207504
- ISBN-13: 978-0764207501
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reluctant Entertainer, The: Every Woman's Guide to Simple and Gracious Hospitality Hardcover – August 1, 2010
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The Reluctant Entertainer is a helpful resource for any woman, however reluctantly she may view entertaining. I for one greatly appreciate Sandy's encouragement! --5MinutesforBooks.com
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Real Entertaining for Real People
"The Reluctant Entertainer is my go-to guide for practical and inspiring ideas for opening my home to others. In her gracious and gentle way, Sandy helps us women move past our fears and personal hang-ups by providing the tools and perspective to make entertaining doable and enjoyable!"
--Melissa Michaels, creator of the Inspired Room blog
"For any excuse-making woman who avoids inviting guests into her home, this book should be required reading. The Reluctant Entertainer gently unveils common misconceptions about entertaining and guides women to the freeing truth: The art of hospitality is about connection, not perfection. I wish I could have read this book fifteen years ago."
--The Nester, creator of the Nesting Place blog
True hospitality is not about being perfect, cooking a fancy meal, or spending a lot of money. Rather, it's about an open door and an open heart. Popular blogger Sandy Coughlin offers a simple but savvy approach to help women break free of the anxieties that keep them from opening their homes. Emphasizing the forgotten goal of entertaining--connecting deeply with others--she shows how women can use the gifts and talents God gave them to reach out in love.
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But last month I discovered Sandy's inspiring blog, Reluctant Entertainer. And I realized that for too long, I've let my worrying get the better of me. My worrying has kept us from opening our house to others, not the truth of how clean our house is or how capable we are as hosts. I picked up Sandy's book right away and have been enjoying it so much. Not only is it a beautiful book, but it's full of scrumptious recipes and tips for everything from overcoming perfectionism to planning a dinner menu to provoking good conversation. Sandy's book has made me truly excited about entertaining in a way that I never have been before.
Sandy's Ten Commandments of Hospitality have been so helpful to me that I fully plan to print them out and tack them on the back of a cabinet door or something. They're that good. I think my favorite is #7: "Don't apologize. It's okay to make mistakes. Learn not to bring them to light in front of your guests; it robs your guests of relaxation." How many times have I apologized for something while entertaining (something that's usually just fine, might I add), and only felt more awkward afterward?! I now realize that my guests probably felt even worse. I won't be doing that again. Sandy has inspired me immensely.
I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group, but all thoughts are my own. I was not paid or perked to publish a positive review.