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A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others

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The thought of hosting a dinner party or even having a friend over for coffee is enough to give some women flashbacks of lopsided cakes or doomed casseroles from home economics class. But opening up your home to others doesn't have to be fancy or frightening or cost a fortune, says Karen Ehman.
In "A Life That Says Welcome, " she offers a practical, painless (no crafting o...more
Published October 1st 2006 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Delightful read that gives plenty of encouragement to open up your heart and home to others. You won't finish this one and feel discontent because you don't have the biggest home or the fanciest decor. Instead you'll be reminded that the key to an hospitable atmosphere is our love for Jesus overflowing into the lives of others.
Teresa Appelwick
I bought this in hopes of appeasing my anxiety when it comes to opening up my home to friends for something other than holidays or birthdays. I like how she talks about what women she actually polled cared about. It is pages of encouragement from the viewpoint of a Christ follower. She comes across as a real person, with "of-the-flesh" opinions. It is filled with encouragement, several recipes and ideas, many of which just give you an "Ah-ha" moment - like simply remembering what it is that made...more
I read this for my Ministry of Hospitality class I took this semester at Southern Seminary with the Seminary Wives Institute. It was a good read with lots of illustrative personal stories and practical, creative ideas. I appreciated the central theme, being that hospitality is about an attitude that seeks to make God the focus and make other people feel welcome, not an attitude of making yourself the focus/trying to impress people/entertain. While being honest about her own faults, the author ge...more
This one certainly won't win the Shulamith Firestone award for non-fiction. If you find repugnant the idea that a woman should make her home a warm and inviting place to be for her man, her kids and her friends, then this book is not for you!

For those of us who are cool with that idea, the book offers some strategies and encouragement for women who want to practice biblical hospitality both at home and on the road. It's perfect for the pastor's wife - or really anyone who wants to make her home...more
Lindsay Kamel
This book is speaking my language. I feel God is calling me to use our new home to reach out to the community through a lot of entertaining. I however, was not brought up in this atmosphere. I am very intimidated to be compared with Martha Stewart but I love casually having people over to hear what's on their heart. This book talks about this balance. "God began to teach me that there is a huge difference between 'entertaining' and offering hospitality. Entertaining puts the emphasis on you and...more
Karen P
The most powerful message is that hosting is about making your guests feel refreshed, rather than impressed! Good messages to help get your heart in the right place. This book ended up mostly being a list of tips and ideas, but that wasn't what I was looking for - I really wanted greater expansion on the theme of welcoming, and felt disappointed with so many bullets on fragrances, recipes, and care packages. I am grateful for the examples she shared of welcoming others and loving them, even when...more
Oct 11, 2014 Angela rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ladies, 13+
Recommended to Angela by: Neyssa
Awesome book! Great tips on cleaning, organizing, decorating, and cooking (including recipes), as well as pointing out different aspects of hospitality (what Ehman calls "hospitality on the road"). If you're interested in hospitality at all, or just a woman, this book would be a good read for you.
A book full of ideas on how we can open our hearts and homes to others. Too often we get buried in our to do lists and see visits and entertaining as a grand affair that we must spend days preparing for or we look at the impromptu visit as an unwelcomed event. In this book we are encouraged to follow the promptings we feel to reach out and share. It is not as complicated as we think.
Mar 10, 2010 Ginger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ginger by: Sara
I found this on my sister-in-law's book shelf. What a treat! Although I don't think her recipes suit my diet, her ideas of serving others is exactly on the mark.
Tammy Jost
For me, a life changing book. Karen Ehman does a great job of giving a "how to" to overcoming our excuses to opening our homes and our hearts to others.
3.5 star rating...

Some good ideas on opening your home in order to bless others but also your own family... even when you live in a minuscule little home! :)
I wasn't impressed, not at all. I was so excited about reading this, but it was sooooooooo disappointing
Suggestions on how to make your heart, home and life ready for hospitality.

I like the idea of this book but the book itself was just ok
I would give this book three and a half stars.
Virginia Knowles
A classic on hospitality.
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