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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
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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. Youll 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 its 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 changeincluding your own.
Includes 20+ creative ideas for hospitality, plus questions for small groups
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.
VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Simple but powerfulFebruary 18, 2017VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4You know an author is invested in their topic when the subject matter doesn't just leap from the pages but is embodied and nuanced through every word. Willis and Clements keep their book open, conversational, and up-front with their topic of choice, always sticking closely to their chosen topic of hospitality.
Overall, I found the book to be a challenging read personally and an enjoyable read as far as books go. The idea that anyone can change the world through being hospitable and building community in their everyday lives was both simple and yet rang clear with truth. In today's disconnected, social media driven society Willis and Clements argument really touches a chord.
The book itself was well laid out covering a Biblical understanding and mandate for being hospitable, practical ways to become more hospitable (even for introverts like me), and providing in-depth questions for reflections. The book even includes a section for group study which, for a book about getting people together, just makes logical sense.
The author's writing style has a relatable honesty that made the book a joy to read. I loved the personal stories of both their successes and failures on their journey to learning hospitality. As someone who struggles to make initial contact it was so helpful to see how others have learned (and that others need to learn, not everyone gets it from the start).
Willis and Clements have given a voice to an area I've seen struggling within the church but was unable to place firmly enough to bring to words. I highly recommend to anyone interested in the church, ministry, community, or just wanted to connect.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion, the views expressed are my own.
SR5 Stars Out Of 5NO MORE EXCUSESFebruary 7, 2017SRQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The truth is, that we are commanded in the Bible as Christians to be hospitable. It's one of the commandments that many either have not given much thought to, or have a myriad of reasons why they should not have to open their home to others. This book covers just about every reason a Christian might have for not wanting to engage with the world around them, both believers and unbelievers, through the inviting of others into their homes. While I wouldn't necessarily agree with everything (but that's the case with almost every book you read), I do believe the authors did a great job at not only providing Biblical support for their case, but also giving you plenty of well thought out and practical ideas of how to practice hospitality. Whether you are too busy, too exhausted at the end of your day and feel you deserve your house to yourself, are more introverted, don't have the space or resources to be hospitable, the authors have covered it all, and there are simply no excuses for not living out this command. Remember, the end goal here is not to be hospitable just to be hospitable, or only because the Bible commands it so I better do it (though obedience to God's Word is always a good idea), Christians ought to have a burden and heart to share the gospel with the lost and that is ultimately why we are to live out this command. This book is a good primer on how to live out that command, and would recommend it to others. In addition, it's a fun, easy, and quick read, but it's implications if lived out could be enormous, more than you may ever realize. Very practical, and as I said, there are simply no more excuses. You can easily read this book today and get started reaching out to those in your spheres of influence right away.
Sarah PDubuque, IAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Anyone can change the world- starting at home....February 7, 2017Sarah PDubuque, IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a very practical guide to the biblical command to hospitality. It builds on the premise that hospitality is counter cultural and that true hospitality builds connectedness and relationships, and believers must be intentional and purposeful. The authors are point on, with the suggestion, that while we want our homes to be an oasis or refuge in life, that home is to be a refuge for all who enter it, not just me, and that will be radical to many people. They explain how this is a book for ordinary people to have no excuse to change the world in which they live!
The books not only shares the theology and biblical reasons to be hospitable, it is a resource of ideas, strategies, and authentic examples of a lifestyle of hospitality. Having grown up with hospitality ongoing, and continued the practice in our home, this concept was not one that was new to me. I appreciated how the authors addressed simple ideas to fulfill this command in your neighborhood. It's an easy read, has bullet point summaries throughout, personal reflection questions at the end of each chapter, and a built in discussion guide for small groups. So it's an excellent resource and would be most appropriate for group discussion.
It's really a book centered on how to live out the gospel, wherever you live- house, apartment, dorm room. You can love your neighbor as yourself.
Some favorite quotes: "When we are loving, warm, and gracious, we put the gospel on display."
" Any time we practice hospitality, we put human flesh on this gospel story"
Thanks for the chance to read a pre-release copy. I was provide a copy in exchange for my honest review
Mary5 Stars Out Of 5You CAN change the worldFebruary 7, 2017MaryQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Willis and Clements hit a home run with this book. I was convicted of using my home as my sanctuary rather than a place of ministry, but after visiting with the Holy Spirit on it, and reading THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CHANGE THE WORLD, I now see it as our mission station. Jesus changes hearts one heart at a time, and we can change our world one hospitable outreach at a time. Read this book to see how easily that can be done.
rbmarxGlendive, MTAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Biblical hospitality both forms & transforms the ChurchFebruary 7, 2017rbmarxGlendive, MTAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Simplest Way to Change the World by Dustin Willis & Brandon Clements
Moody Publishers: Chicago, 2017
This is an easy reading, enjoyable exposition on pushing ourselves into the task of changing the world one covered dish supper at a time. This book appeals to every Christian and everyone with a taste for hospitality.
Section 1, 'The Potential,' begins with an understanding that every Christian wants to change the world, wants to be a conduit the Spirit uses to draw people to Christ who saves all who come to Him in meekness, but we just know our efforts must be the big multi-city youth convention, the television delivered appeal to know Christ, and the events that take time and money to pull off. Not so. We come to Christ as we are and we should, we need, to display Gods saving nature in our everyday lives. We must appeal to people for Christ in the everyday nuances of life and that takes knowing them in relationship over shared meals. Willis & Clements demolish personal arguments and compel people to open their lives to their neighbors from an appeal to Scriptures and from the ease of the technique: it takes a shared meal with purposeful listening not to sell anything but to display Christ.
Section 2, 'The Plan,' puts our excuses to bed and offers cogent applications of hospitality in action. This involves listening. People share their lives as they know that someone cares for them personally and so the process of getting to know our neighbors means listening. The core bedrock is that God came down to humanitys level in Jesus and so His followers ought to go to people where they live.
This book lends itself well to group study and the world awaits the smooth transition of placing it, or its precepts, into action. The Apostles shook Jerusalem with the vigor of their message.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Simplest Way to Change the World from Moody Publishers as part of a launch team. These opinions are my own.