The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality As a Way of Life
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How can you balance daily responsibilities with your desire to make a difference to others? Willis and Clements help you be hospitable even if you "don't have enough space," get creative in order to make an impact right where you are, involve your church community, and open up your life while still setting boundaries. 192 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .45 (inches)
ISBN: 0802414974
ISBN-13: 9780802414977

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How to make disciples using hospitality

Deep down, every Christian wants to make a difference. But for many of us, the years come and go and we never do. The good news is: change can be as simple as opening your front door.

The Simplest Way to Change the World is about biblical hospitality and its power for the gospel. Since people will sooner enter a living room than a church, hospitality is a natural and effective way to build relationships for Christ. You’ll learn:

  • How the home can be a hub for community
  • How hospitality leads to joy, purpose, and belonging
  • How it grows families to love the things of God
  • How it’s not about being the perfect host
  • How to be hospitable regardless of your living space

Hospitality is a beautiful legacy of the church, and a great way to make disciples. As you open your life up to others, you share in the very character of God and experience His joy. And you get to witness lives change—including your own.

Includes 20+ creative ideas for hospitality, plus questions for small groups

Author Bio

DUSTIN WILLIS lives in metro Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Renie, and their two children, Jack and Piper. Dustin serves as the coordinator of the Send Network. Before moving to Atlanta, Dustin planted and pastored Midtown Fellowship in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Find him at @dustinwillis on Twitter.

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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  1. Booklover10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Challenging and Inspiring!
    May 23, 2017
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
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    The word hospitality can stir up many thoughts and most of them are probably not great ones for a big number of people. Our culture today is opposite hospitality. We want our homes to be the place we come home to and relax without anyone ever coming into our home, except on those rare holiday occasions. However, that is one of the greatest tools we have to NOT look like the world. Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements lay out a great game plan to help change your thoughts on hospitality (yes, introverts, even you aren't excluded...but adaptations are made).

    I loved the stories these two men share all throughout the pages reflecting on their own journey and both their successes and mistakes. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of their mishaps.

    They have included an entire chapter on ways that you could open up your home to love your neighbors well. It is full of intentional ideas. The first 6 chapters deal with "The Potential." Christians have such potential waiting just next door to them. I really liked how one of them had talked about wheeling their grill into their front yard in order to start a conversation. Too often, we let the busyness that we all have, crowd out hospitality and getting to truly know people. Hospitality doesn't just happen. We have to be intentional about it and that's hard. I liked how one of them spoke about intentionally choosing a day in their own lives and they share their own story about the day they chose.

    I also like how they do acknowledge the sacrifice it can be because it definitely is. They also acknowledge being taken advantage of (through a story of their own). They also talk to their readers about how hospitality is not about having the perfect home or the perfect food. They even share some funny stories about that, too.

    I also really liked the cover. It spoke perfectly as to what the book would be about. The picture on the cover is absolutely beautiful and I did find myself just staring at it when I would close the book!

    This book is set up perfectly to be a 6-week small group study. It would be a fabulous study to do in a small group and lots of discussions would be included. It would be neat to see all of the many neighbors welcomed willingly into the homes of each small group member. And with summer here, what better time than to open up the grill, open up the gate, and invite your neighbors over. Or to even do an S'mores Saturday with them!

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    I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
  2. helenscorner
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Biblical Hospitality - great for small groups!
    May 3, 2017
    helenscorner
    Quality: 5
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    I enjoyed reading this book. From addressing the differences between hospitality and entertaining, to responding to excuses that we all have when it comes to opening our homes and our lives to those around us, this is a great resource for families and small groups. I will be suggesting this book and 6-week group study to a few of my own friends. Highly recommend!
  3. Mark
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great resource
    April 27, 2017
    Mark
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    I thought this sounded like a neat book to review, and I feel it is something we Christians need to do better at as individuals AND as a church.

    The book is very well-written, and the authors write in an easy to understand/interesting style. They have the book split up into two sections: The Potential, and The Plan. The first part explains the need for hospitality and how it can be used to win people to God. The second part puts it into a plan form to show how to put those things into practice.

    I have long felt my church, and many others, need to do a better job in this area. Too many people visit churches and are hardly noticed or made to feel welcome. There are many people who would go to church if they were asked. This is a book that could help with these issues if taken to heart and used.

    At the end of the book is a 6-week study guide so the book can be used for a group or individual study. It also has over 20 ideas for hospitality.

    I enjoyed reading the book. The authors have a lot of great ideas, and it is obvious they are passionate about this subject. I highly recommend it to those interested in using hospitality in their lives and churches to reach the lost.
  4. Terry
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Why Not Me? Why Not Now?
    April 24, 2017
    Terry
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    These are the questions I was asking myself after reading the inspiring book The Simplest Way to Change the World by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements. I will readily admit that hospitality is not my gifting - I hate to cook, my house is a mess, I'm super self-conscious, and I'm a closet introvert! These qualities are not what you would look for when seeking a hostess to start an initiative in biblical hospitality. BUT - the authors have written a book that not only explains the mandate that we, as Christians, have been given (Rom. 12:3, Heb. 13:2, 1 Pet. 1:9) but also encourages and inspires the reader to realize that hospitality does not have to be scary, burdensome, difficult, perfect, or all-consuming.

    The difference between this form of biblical hospitality and your HGTV type of hospitality is that as the host or hostess we are gospel-minded. We are working for a greater purpose. This book is practical too - the authors provide the reader with questions we can ask our guests (and what NOT to do) as well as ideas for opportunities to get together with fellow church members, then our neighbors, eventually even strangers (I promise it's not as scary as it sounds).

    The Simplest Way to Change the World has changed my attitude toward intentional hospitality, and I'm sure it will impact you, too.

    I received acomplimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
  5. Brianna
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    Book Review: The Simplest Way to Change the World
    April 15, 2017
    Brianna
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    About one year ago, my husband and I talked about a vision of our home being a place of hospitality. When I saw The Simplest Way to Change the World, I hoped that authors Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements would offer encouragement and suggestions. I was not disappointed!

    The back and forth between stories belonging to Willis and Clements can be a bit confusing. However, the personal examples of mistakes and success are vital to the compelling challenge to use hospitality as a ministry. Willis and Clements acknowledge the temptation to use the home solely as a personal refuge. They address the excuses commonly used to avoid practicing hospitality, specifically our cultures current addiction to isolation and the pseudo-social activities that actually feed isolation.

    Although the picture on the front of The Simplest Way to Change the World may not have much significance for most readers, I found it to be helpful in conjunction with the tone of the text. I think that people often think of elaborate holiday parties, with fancy decorations, spotless homes, and exquisite food. But, the picture on the cover shows a simple backyard gathering which reminds readers that simplicity is okay because relationship is the focus of hospitality.

    I highly recommend The Simplest Way to Change the World. The reading is not difficult, but the ideas for hospitality and ministry are challenging.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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