Book #14: The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World is Rosaria Butterfield’s third book. I’ve read her other two, and, while I love them all, this is by far my favorite. My favorite chapter in her second book, Openness Unhindered, was about Christian hospitality. Now, she has written an entire book on the topic – and it’s phenomenal. This will definitely be at the top of my favorite books for the year. Interspersed with her own experiences, Butterfield delves into the biblical imperatives for practicing hospitality, as well as the many facets of what it actually looks like. She is clear that hospitality is not just entertaining like-minded people; it’s making the stranger your neighbor, and your neighbor part of the family of God. Not only is this book full of great wisdom and a challenge for the church today, it is also beautifully written. It’s more literary than her others, which feel a bit more academic. I love that all of her chapters begin with a personal story that shows one aspect of hospitality; I would read a book by her filled with just her stories. This book is convicting and challenging, but she paints such a beautiful picture of what the body of Christ could be with some sacrifice, intentionality, and the help of the Holy Spirit, it’s also inspiring and encouraging. Everyone should read this book. Also, I want her to be my best friend. Below is a great video giving an introduction to this work.

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