Tammy P asked if I'd do a review of a book I recently read called A Life That Says Welcome by Karen Ehman.
I love talking about hospitality, so am always excited to have opportunities to share on this topic!
I think the first thing you'd notice reading this book, is Karen's down to earth style. She obviously has a good sense of humor and a gift at communicating things. She is motivating and inspiring, but also very real about her journey to hospitality.
I appreciated that she included so many practical ideas - carrying out hospitality including themed dinners, recipes, etc... this book is loaded with ideas! But, I felt it was well balanced with thinking hospitality through. Changing some of our thinking on things like our homes being too small, practicing last-minute hospitality and, "hospitality on the road."
I was encouraged by her love for the Lord, her willingness to point us to why we should be hospitable and what it means to reach out to others not for our own glory but for His glory. I was inspired by her fun personality and can-do attitude. There were many ideas in her book I'd never heard before and am excited to try.
Her ideas are doable. She is not promoting that everything has to perfect and just like Martha would do it. She is a real person living real life and her ideas could easily be incorporated into everyday life.
Overall, when I finished this book, I wanted to get busy practicing hospitality and being welcoming to those around me. I know this is one of those books that must be read and re-read to glean all of the goodies from and I will be excited to read it again!
Have a hospitality post you'd like to see here? Let me know in the comments! Have any of you read this book? I'd love to hear what you thought as well!