When I saw the title of this book, it immediately sounded like something I needed to read. I want to have people over, but something always seems to get in my way.
- We’re too busy.
- We don’t have enough room.
- We can’t afford it.
- My house isn’t nice enough.
You may have used some of the same excuses yourself.
In The Reluctant Entertainer, Sandy Coughlin discusses each of these objections and others, showing how these “problems” can be overcome. Not only does she give Biblical reasons for showing hospitality, but the book is filled with her personal experiences showing hospitality and being shown hospitality. Also sprinkled throughout the beautiful, hard-cover book, are delicious looking recipes.
Although the book is filled beautiful ideas, it is not overwhelming. It encourages perfectionists (like me) to let go of unreasonable expectations and enjoy inviting people into your home. Reading this book, I was both inspired and convicted. Inspired that I could actually have people over, and convicted that I’ve spent so many years rarely opening my home to others.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book to review from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This is the 40th book I have read in the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I am 4 books behind, but I’m gaining ground.