The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World (Tgc (Women's Initiatives)) (Hardcover)

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Perhaps this topic calls for a stark, hard-hitting polemic. But Rosaira, addressing her Christian audience here, is more gracious than that. She not only issues a call for "radically ordinary hospitality"; she also carefully unfolds the biblical mandate for us while recounting numerous, interwoven and very personal anecdotes from the hospitality-laden fabric of her family's life. And it's obvious that that life is not an easy one. It's one of cross-bearing. After considering how discomfiting, sadly foreign, and attractive is Rosaria's portrait of hospitality, I'm reminded of Chesterton's famous lines: "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”  

— From Adam


Winner of the 2019 Christianity Today Book Award in the Christian Living & Discipleship Category

This book is going to shake us all up in the most wonderfully destabilizing way." --Ray Ortlund, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.

With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same "radical, ordinary hospitality" to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God's tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives--helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.

About the Author

Rosaria Butterfield (PhD, Ohio State University) is an author, speaker, pastor's wife, homeschool mom, and former tenured professor of English and women's studies at Syracuse University. She is the author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and Openness Unhindered.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781433557866
ISBN-10: 143355786X
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: April 30th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Tgc (Women's Initiatives)