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

 

   

Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life 

Henri Nouwen

Nouwen views our spiritual “ascent” as evolving in three movements. The first, from loneliness to solitude, focuses on the spiritual life as it relates to the experience of our own selves. The second, from hostility to hospitality, deals with our spiritual life as a life for others. The final movement, from illusion to prayer, offers penetrating thoughts on the most mysterious relationship of all: our relationship to God. Throughout, Nouwen emphasizes that the more we understand (and not simply deny) our inner struggles, the more fully we will be able to embrace a prayerful and genuine life that is also open to others’ needs.




 

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