Christian Hospitality – A Reading List

April 26, 2018 — Leave a comment

 

This week, I read Christianity Today’s interview with Rosaria Butterfield, on her new book The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World. The interview piqued my interest in the book, but it also raised questions about the nature and ends of Christian hospitality. 

 

Here’s a list of the most helpful books I’ve found on the Christian practice of hospitality.
(This list includes, and builds on, the list of recommended books on hospitality from Slow Church that I co-authored with John Pattison)

 

By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith

   

Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love: Benedict’s Way of Love

 Fr. Daniel Homan

 

Today’s culture is increasingly hostile and suspicious toward anyone who appears to be different–especially when tragedy strikes. Our instinct is to bolt our doors and protect the ones we love. But deep within the heart of Benedictine spirituality lies a remedy to hatred, fear, and suspicion: hospitality. At once deeply comforting and sharply challenging, true Benedictine hospitality requires that we welcome the stranger, not only into our homes, but into our hearts.




 

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IMAGE CREDIT: Detail from the cover of Christine Pohl’s Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition