Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements introduce readers to hospitality as a way of life in The Simplest Way to Change the World.
Most of us consider our days ordinary and even insignificant. But as these authors point out, Jesus is in the business of taking small things and making them big. Not the other way around.
“In the same way, the ‘smallest’ things in our lives—ordinary days and meals and homes—can have a much larger impact than you’d ever imagine when harnessed with gospel intentionality,” writes Dustin and Brandon.
In our post-modern culture, hospitality may play an increasing role. The authors point out two reasons it’s such a timely opportunity: (1) people are longing for depth of relationship, which is exactly what hospitality provides, and (2) in a culture that is growing away from a fondness and familiarity with Christianity, hospitality gives us a unique avenue to exhibit the gospel and provides a way forward for us in a changing culture.
Throughout their book, they emphasize one main point: “The simplest way to change the world is to leverage your ordinary life for His history-sweeping mission of hospitality.”
This is not a revolutionary idea; the whole Bible speaks of God’s hospitality for us from the creation of the word to the redemption of mankind to the preparation of our future home.
Though we were once estranged from Him, our God—demonstrating the apex of hospitality--reconciled us to Himself.
This book beautifully demonstrates our redemption and reminds us to “become relentlessly warm and welcoming because we’ve been relentlessly welcomed in Christ.”
This book is not a particularly long read; it’s less than 150 pages, but it is packed full of truth and practical application. Quite simply it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
And, if I am being honest, it was kind of nice to see a book on hospitality that was written by two guys—it plays havoc with our stereotypical visions of Martha Steward donned with an apron or perhaps the notion that hospitality is all about those fancy napkin folds.
It’s also a great resource for small groups. Appendix A contains a “Six-week small group guide,” which can also be downloaded for free on the publisher’s site.
But, don’t take my word for it. Read it and go change the world!
(Note: This book was provided by Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.)