How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird  -     By: Amy Lively
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Do you long to form a spiritual connection with the community outside church? In How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, Amy Lively helps you reach out to the neighbor whose name you don't yet know! Sharing her own experiences, she offers practical tips that will help you spread the gospel, use social media to form relationships, and take the first steps toward loving strangers.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217003
ISBN-13: 9780764217005

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"I want to love my neighbor, but I don't know how."

Most of us feel guilty about Christ's command to love our neighbor, but let's be honest--we don't even know most of the people living around us.

How can we love people we don't even know? Besides, doesn't it count as "loving our neighbor" when we send money to missionaries and put out yard signs for our church? Are we supposed to just knock on our neighbors' doors and tell them about Jesus?

"They'll think I'm weird."

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird helps you overcome fears about getting to know your neighbors and sharing your faith. You'll learn simple, practical ways to get to know your neighbors, using your God-given personality. As you venture out of the comfort of your living room and into the lives of your neighbors, you'll form authentic friendships, create a safer community, and find fulfillment in obeying Christ's #2 command.

Loving your neighbor isn't a random command; it's God's perfect plan.

"A very timely book for a very isolated culture. Amy Lively offers practical help and guidance in the neglected practice of hospitality."--Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife

"This ministry is changing lives. Amy has followed God's leading into an untapped area of people that need Jesus. What a simple idea of reaching out to your neighborhood--the area that God placed you in for His purposes. Amy's ideas and excellent resources have offered a no-excuse zone for this ministry. The Lord said, 'Love me and love your neighbor.' He chose Amy to show us the way. Thank you for this amazing resource!"--Chrissy Dunham, director of women's ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

"Amy knows God has given each of us a corner of the world to share the love of Jesus and the hope found in His Word. Her book equips women, spiritually and practically, to answer this call and open their hearts and homes to friends and neighbors."--Wendy Blight, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author

"Amy's brilliant approach to engaging our neighbors is natural, fun, and life-changing! She provides every single thing you will need, including courage. This book and practice is a must for everyone desiring to honor and obey the Lord."--Debbie Stuart, church and leadership development director, Women of Faith

" Amy gives us the keys to really connect with those who live around us--not with an agenda, but with a heart toward real relationships. A must-read for anyone who believes that 'Love thy neighbor' really starts at your front door."--Kathi Lipp, coauthor of The Cure for the Perfect Life and author of The Husband Project

"With hundreds of friends on social media, why are we so lonely? In her amazing book, Amy Lively identifies the heart-need for deep connection that's not being met through a screen and offers a simple solution: Actually meet the people who live near you. Amy's openness to share her successes and failures at reaching out will inspire you to try it yourself.'"--Glynnis Whitwer, author of Everyday Confetti; executive director of communications, Proverbs 31 Ministries

"Amy shows us, step-by-step, how to conquer our fears, connect with our neighbors, and have fun too! Highly recommend!"--Cindy Bultema, speaker, Bible teacher, and author of Red Hot Faith

"What does 'love your neighbor as yourself' really mean? In this book, Amy Lively will give you the tips, tools, and techniques you need to love your neighbor in your own unique way."--Jennifer Rothschild, author of Lessons I Learned in the Dark; founder of Fresh Grounded Faith events and

Author Bio

Amy Lively is a teacher, writer, and speaker. She founded The Neighborhood Café ministry through which she provides tools, tips, and resources that equip women to host Bible studies with neighbors.
She is passionate about helping people identify their unique ministry gifts and has helped launch several ministries. Amy, her husband, and their daughter live in Lancaster, Ohio. Learn more at

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  1. Wenatchee, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Good Book for Beginners
    August 11, 2015
    Annies Inklings
    Wenatchee, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Amy Lively writes very enthusiastically about how she overcame her fear of getting to know her neighbors. However, she didnt offer anything new to those of us who study the Bible and try to walk the Jesus way. But for new Christians or those who have little or no knowledge or experience in loving their neighbors, this book may give them a starting place. It is based on biblical principles so that is a big plus.

    The content is good but the writing is slow paced. For me, this is not a page-turner-book. To complete reading the book was very tough for me as it just didnt hold my interest for very long at a time.

    Bethany House Publishers provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Go meet your neighbor
    June 3, 2015
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Amy Lively's new book How to Love Your Neighbor.....without being weird is so practical and simple. It is almost like "Duh why didn't I think of that!""

    Amy just had a way of drawing you in from the start with her honest and witty writing. It never felt like she was preaching at you, saying love your neighbor or else!!. The chapter Home Sweet Home got to me a bit. I mean its easy to invite someone to church and if they say no it's no big deal. But there is something different about inviting people into your home. Its more intimate. For me it is putting yourself out there more, being more vulnerable.

    Another chapter I loved was Martha Unleashed. I can be such a Martha sometimes. Ok, who am I kidding I might give Martha a run for her money. This chapter touched so many parts in my heart that I can struggle with.

    I think this book is a book to help ones who struggle to come out of their comfort zones. I do believe it is geared more towards women than men. I will definitely be sharing this book with some of my friends.
  3. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Well written
    June 1, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    How often do we, as Christians, work to get our friends and family into the church, but completely ignore our neighbors. They are the ones that live the closest to us and yet we might not even know their names. The author outlines steps to getting to know our neighbors in a non-threatening way. She begins with the steps on how to invite them over for coffee and then to ease into a neighborhood Bible study. But she also outlines so much more. Each chapter takes a different aspect of "being a neighbor" and breaks it down. She uses lots of scripture and ends each chapter with steps the reader can take to put the chapter into action.

    The book was well written. The chapters are outlined well and are easy to implement. I liked the questions as the end of each chapter. I'll be honest, I had a hard time starting this book. The first couple of chapters didn't grab me and I wanted to quit. I thought the only idea was to have a Bible study in my home and I'm not at that place yet. But once I got through the first couple of chapters I really got into the book and was pleasantly surprised. This is a book for any woman who wants to reach out to those around her. It has practical advice and amusing stories that entertain while they teach. So even if you don't have neighbors who live close enough to visit, you can still benefit from the thoughts in this book.

    I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Love the cover and title...
    May 30, 2015
    Jen Pen
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3

    Having been commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves (including respecting them, nurturing them, getting-along with them and witnessing to them), in her new book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, author Amy Lively shares personal stories, strategies, ideas and responses for meeting your neighbors, conversing with them and even sharing your faith. With encouragement and motivation to step out of the comfort zone and connect within your current community, perhaps loving (or at least liking) your neighbors could result in positive outcomes


    I love the title of this book which I am sure is quite relevant to many people (seriouslywho wants to be considered weird?). Though not for everyone nor every neighborhood, there are some aspects which may produce new friendships, stronger community, more neighborhood involvement and maybe even renewed or initiated faith. Full of ideas yet not necessarily what I was expecting, this book may be perfect for certain communities, assuming a common faith. While the author expounds upon the importance of meeting neighbors, maybe a few more ideas for the initial contact would be welcomed.


    3.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*
  5. Charlotte
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Just the push I needed to head out of my house and into my neighborhood!
    May 28, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has challenged me, encouraged me, and convicted me. Amys book will help you navigate whats weird. She shares tips and ideas for getting to know our neighbors and grounds it all in scripture. She shares personal stories of how shes tried to love her neighbors and challenges us to use the gifts God has given us to love ours. Amy knows your excuses, shes used them to, and she addresses each one in her book.

    This would be a great book for your Discipleship or Small Group to pick up and work through together - as each chapter includes great discussion questions.

    I can't wait to take the encouragement and ideas Amy has shared in her book out into my neighborhood and love my neighbors!
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