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

 

    

Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers (The Christian Practice of Everyday Life) 

Elizabeth Newman

 

In Untamed Hospitality, Newman dispels the modern myths of hospitality as a superficial commodity that can be bought and sold at The Pottery Barn and restores it to its proper place within God’s story, as displayed most fully in Jesus Christ. Worship, she says, is the believer’s participation in divine hospitality, a hospitality that cannot be sequestered from our economic, political, or public lives.
 




 

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