Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome & Wanted  -     By: Karen Mains
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InterVarsity Press / 2002 / Paperback

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An open door, a hug, coffee brewing, dinner cooking in the oven . . . Christian hospitality is all of this---and more. Going beyond Martha Stewart-type hints, Mains's biblical approach to entertaining equips you with the skills to serve rather than impress and to reach out with the gospel in acts of love and acceptance.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 083082300X
ISBN-13: 9780830823000
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Publisher's Description

Can a simple dinner party for the neighbors change the world? Karen Mains says, "Yes!" And in Open Heart, Open Home she shows how. In this classic on Christian hospitality, Karen Mains steps far beyond how-to-entertain hints to explore a biblical and spiritual approach to using your home to care for others. This approach to hospitality can literally transform the fabric of your community and your world. If you labor under the illusion that hospitality requires Martha Stewart-like abilities, then Mains will free you from a load of guilt! Instead, she offers fresh and inspiring ideas for using your own resources to serve rather than to impress with new "opening the door" activities in each chapter. You will discover how the Holy Spirit can work in and through you to make others feel welcome and wanted. Whether you are a business executive or a homemaker, a professional minister or a layperson, a seasoned entertainer or an entertaining klutz, you will find here the encouragement and skills you need to reach out with the gospel through daily acts of acceptance, belonging and love.

Author Bio

Karen Burton Mains is co-director (with her husband, David) of Mainstay Ministries, based in Wheaton, Illinois. She is also the director of Hungry Souls, a ministry designed to teach Christians how to establish self-directed spiritual growth. For nearly two decades Mains was a member of the on-air team for radio show and a regular guest on the award-winning television program. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, heading a multi-ethnic task force for eight years, and later served as the board's first woman chairperson. Mains has written more than twenty-six books, including (winner of the 1982 Christopher Award), and (Thomas Nelson). Her IVP titles include and .

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"I'm so glad this book is coming back into print. . . . An open heart and an open home are tools for evangelism as well as tools for building Christ-centered community."
"When I was a young mother traveling and singing on the weekends and still trying to be a 'perfect' homemaker, I found Open Heart, Open Home. . . . It helped me to see our home as a real instrument of ministry, not as a showplace for furniture."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2009
    Kristy P
    I ordered this book after our pastor preached on hospitality & used bulletin inserts with quotes from it. The quotes were life-changing, so I ordered the book. The book is very good at distinguishing between entertaining & using hospitality & your home as a ministry to others. I used to feel that before I could have people over (or let them in when they stopped by) that I had to have the house (& myself) looking decent. Boy, was I convicted! I learned that I can minister to someone not by entertaining & planning for their visit solely by cleaning & making everything presentable, but by preparing myself to make the visit about THEM. What can I do for THEM? I highly recommend this book to anyone - but especially those who (like I was) think it is ok to "keep their house locked to outsiders" just because you don't feel you have the gift of hospitality.
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