The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality As a Way of LifeDustin Willis, Brandon ClementsMoody Publishers / 2017 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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Terry5 Stars Out Of 5Why Not Me? Why Not Now?April 24, 2017TerryQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5These 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.
Brianna5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: The Simplest Way to Change the WorldApril 15, 2017BriannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5About 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.
Treenz5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Information. Highly recommend!March 23, 2017TreenzQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one great book! The topic of hospitality is one very close to my heart, having read many of Sally Clarkson's books - also a big topic for her. I was most impressed that this book was written by two guys as well, both pastors and friends. Together they present compelling information, which is very Biblical on why we should all be incorporating this into our lives and reaching out to those around us and sharing our lives.
They include real life testimonies of experiences they have had on their own personal adventures into hospitality. Their manner is candid, and style of writing between them is easy to read and relatable. It's a quick read but one that is important and I really hope this information they are sharing gets out and spreads through the church like a revolution. It truly would be a revolution if people started doing this.
They touch on what hospitality is, that it is required of us by
God, how to look for opportunities, how to share the gospel. There are plenty of ideas of ways you can practice hospitality from book clubs to sport watching tv nights. For me, though, the thing I walk away with were the vivid examples of lives changed as a result. We just don't know how much practicing hospitality can change the life or another person - by welcoming them and listening to them and accepting them. In a world of isolation, people are crying out to be heard, to be welcomed and not alone.
The scriptures are all there. It truly is the simplest way to change the world as the title suggests. I highly recommend this one... it's a really great book and I hope more come out along these lines.
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book for purposes of review, however the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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.