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Christian Faith in Practice – 12 Important Books of 2019!

As the end of the year draws near, we highlight some of the most important Christian faith in practice books of 2019 that help us live more faithfully to the way of Jesus …

Some of these  books will appear on our Advent calendar of 2019’s Best Books (and no, we won’t reveal here which ones will be on that list)… 


Christian Practice Books 2019

Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness

Leslie Verner

(Herald Press)

Many people today feel lonely, isolated, and disconnected from God and others. We crave authentic community, but we have no idea where to start. We’d be glad to cultivate friendships; but honestly, who’s got the time?

In Invited, writer Leslie Verner says real hospitality is not having a Pinterest-perfect table or well-appointed living room. True hospitality is not clean, comfortable, or controlled. It is an invitation to enter a sacred space together with friends and strangers. Through vivid accounts from her life and travels in Uganda, China, and Tajikistan, and stories of visiting congregations in the United States, Verner shares stories of life around the table and how hospitality is at the heart of Christian community. What if we in the West learned about hospitality from people around the globe? What if our homes became laboratories of belonging?

Invited will empower you to open your home, get to know your neighbors, and prioritize people over tasks. Holy hospitality requires more of Jesus and less of us. It leads not only to loving the stranger but to becoming the stranger. Welcome to a new kind of hospitality.

 

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