- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers (February 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802414974
- ISBN-13: 978-0802414977
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Biblical hospitality is not complicated, but it is hard. It is also unfortunately absent from much of our missional conversation. We tend to drift toward a subtle idolatry of our homes, forgetting God’s great hospitality toward us and undermining one of the greatest tools we have in our gospel mission. This book is immensely helpful in unpacking the astounding realities that fuel our hospitality while giving practical application for ordinary believers to engage in the radical, everyday ministry Jesus has entrusted to us.”
— Kevin Peck | Author of Designed to Lead; Lead pastor of The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, TX
“We’re living in this bizarre polarity of unprecedented connectedness and unprecedented isolation. If you have small groups at your church, you should encourage them to use The Simplest Way to Change the World. Dustin and Brandon have set the table for conversation all our churches should be having.”
— Clay Scroggins | Pastor, Northpoint Community Church, Atlanta, GA
“Every moment in life, from the exhilarating to the mundane, is an opportunity to remain living on mission for the glory of God. Willis and Clements offer the body of Christ the much-needed reminder of how it’s the day in and day out faithful witness of the church that changes the world. What a simple yet profound concept!”
— D.A. Horton | Author of Bound to Be Free; Pastor of Reach Fellowship, Long Beach, CA; Chief evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute
“Whether we live in an apartment or high-rise, whether we’re single or married, young or old, we all have at our disposal a simple way to display who God is and how He loves: our tables. I believe hospitality is the way we will impact, engage, and influence our communities in the days ahead, and Dustin and Brandon have provided a helpful guide. I’m grateful for this book.”
— Christine Hoover | Author of The Church Planting Wife and Messy Beautiful Friendship
“Hospitality is a requirement for anyone who wants to be an elder. In this book, Dustin and Brandon unpack exactly why. But unlike a TV stunt, Jesus says, “Please try this at home, folks.” In a step-by-step, easy process, this book will help you to transform your home into one of the most powerful gospel tools at heaven’s disposal.”
Peyton Jones | Author of Reaching the Unreached and Church Zero; Host of Church Planter Podcast
“Is hospitality the secret weapon to advance the gospel? We are all to be “given to hospitality” as it is the currency of ordinary people showing extraordinary love—which is the work of the gospel. Willis and Clements arm us with helpful, practical steps to fling open the doors of our homes and our hearts to engage communities.”
— Kathy Ferguson Litton | Speaker, writer, and national consultant for Ministry to Pastor’s Wives at the North American Mission Board
“Dustin and Brandon refreshingly remind us that God has welcomed us home in Christ and our response must be to welcome others. Their challenge is biblical, simple, challenging, and quickly applicable: steward our homes for hospitality so others may receive His grace.”
— Eric Geiger | Vice president, LifeWay Christian Resources
About the Author
BRANDON CLEMENTS is pastor at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, South Carolina. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Kristi, for nine years and they have three children: Sully, Jeremiah, and Isla. Brandon currently blogs at www.DearBibleBelt.com and has previously published a novel, Every Bush is Burning.
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Before reading this book I didn't consider hospitality to be something I needed to work to improve in my life, mainly because I simply didn't think often of hospitality. However as I read it, I found it challenging my assumptions and revealing my inward motivations. I would highly recommend for those who truly want to grow in their role in the Christian family.
The Simplest Way to Change the World presents a biblical basis, both historically and scripturally, for hospitality: making your home, yard, and life open for engaging conversations with both non-Christians and other Christians. It shares the difference between entertaining (a high pressure show to convince others of your worth) and hospitality (opening your heart to others). A discussion of the rhythms of your life shows how to include others in what you and your family are already doing and also to intentionally create opportunities to include others. In addition, there are suggestions for “reverse hospitality”--how to share Jesus’ love with those who are uncomfortable with an invitation into your home or are physically unable to leave their own residence.
The authors include anecdotes from their own experiences as well as tales related by family and friends who are sharing their homes, lives, and hearts with others. They emphasize that hospitality can be planned or spontaneous, and they point out that Jesus’ ministry was not a three step plan, complete with PowerPoint, to bring people into a physical church building. Instead, He wandered from place to place, listening, sharing, and meeting people’s needs.
This is not a difficult read, not a philosophical or religious treatise. It is practical, sometimes humorous, and always interesting. It stimulates readers to think of ways they can use hospitality in their own circumstances, where God has located them, and with the people He brings into their lives. At the end of the book there is a helpful study guide for those who want to use this tool as a church or in a small group setting to learn about hospitality.
And as to the mouse click that brought The Simplest Way to Change the World to my iPad? No regrets here! Reading this book was a blessing.
I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Moody Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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