If you are a Christian, read this book!
You might remember that the main goal I have chosen for this year is to reach out to those around me more. So when I say that a book on hospitality was up for review a couple months ago, I requested it immediately.
The Simplest Way To Change The World (affiliate link) discusses biblical hospitality, both in terms of biblical teachings on hospitality and in terms of practical way we can become hospitable people. I got so much out of this book.
What I really liked about this book was the way the authers discussed theological topics relating to hospitality, and alternated those chapters with practical suggestions.
On the theological side, they framed the gospel in terms of hospitality in one chapter, writing about how in Scripture God is a hospitable God, and I found that really interesting. They discussed the truth of the Gospel and what Jesus did in dying to save us, and expressed how that is what motivates us to reach out to those around us with biblical hospitality.
Some of the best chapters were definitely on the practical suggestions though. The authors know that opening your home and lives to those around you is hard in this culture, in which it is more normal to lock yourself behind closed doors to "relax" than to open the doors and invite people in. They gave so many practical and fun suggestions for starting to open your homes to other people. I loved how they encouraged you to incorporate hospitality into the regular rhythms of your life, and how they made it seem easy and desirable to become more hospitable (even while acknowledging the parts that are hard and sharing their own mistakes).
The end of the book includes a group study guide - I think this would make an amazing small group study.
Everything the authors had to say on how hospitality can be the most effective way to reach other people for Christ was spot-on. You don't have to preach from the sidewalk, give a "gospel presentation", travel to foreign countries, or do something "radical" to reach other for the Lord. Through simply being hospitable, we "share our lives" with people and naturally let them see how important Jesus is in our lives through words and actions - and God can use that to stir their hearts to know more.
Highly, highly recommend this book! Easy and enjoyable to read, convicting and motivating!
Note: I received a digital copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a review. This is my honest opinion.