Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome and Wanted

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And in Open Heart, Open Home she shows how. In this classic on Christian hospitality, Karen Mains steps far beyond how-to-entertain hints to explore a biblical and spiritual approach to using your home to care for others. This approach to hospitality can literally transform the fabric of your community and your world. If you labor under the illusion that hospitality requires Martha Stewart-like abilities, then Mains will free you from a load of guilt! Instead, she offers fresh and inspiring ideas for using your ...
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Overview

And in Open Heart, Open Home she shows how. In this classic on Christian hospitality, Karen Mains steps far beyond how-to-entertain hints to explore a biblical and spiritual approach to using your home to care for others. This approach to hospitality can literally transform the fabric of your community and your world. If you labor under the illusion that hospitality requires Martha Stewart-like abilities, then Mains will free you from a load of guilt! Instead, she offers fresh and inspiring ideas for using your own resources to serve rather than to impress with new "opening the door" activities in each chapter. You will discover how the Holy Spirit can work in and through you to make others feel welcome and wanted. Whether you are a business executive or a homemaker, a professional minister or a layperson, a seasoned entertainer or an entertaining klutz, you will find here the encouragement and skills you need to reach out with the gospel through daily acts of acceptance, belonging and love.
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Editorial Reviews

Leighton Ford
"I'm so glad this book is coming back into print. . . . An open heart and an open home are tools for evangelism as well as tools for building Christ-centered community."
Gloria Gaither
"When I was a young mother traveling and singing on the weekends and still trying to be a 'perfect' homemaker, I found Open Heart, Open Home. . . . It helped me to see our home as a real instrument of ministry, not as a showplace for furniture."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578490363
  • Publisher: Mainstay Church Resources
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 208

Meet the Author

Karen Burton Mains is co-director (with her husband, David) of Mainstay Ministries, based in Wheaton, Illinois. She is also the director of Hungry Souls, a ministry designed to teach Christians how to establish self-directed spiritual growth.

For nearly two decades Mains was a member of the on-air team for The Chapel of the Air radio show and a regular guest on the award-winning You Need to Know television program. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, heading a multi-ethnic task force for eight years, and later served as the board's first woman chairperson.

Mains has written more than twenty-six books, including The Fragile Curtain (winner of the 1982 Christopher Award), Making Sunday Special, Tales of the Resistance, Tales of the Restoration, Abuse in the Family, Lonely No More and Comforting One Another (Thomas Nelson). Her IVP titles include The God Hunt and Open Heart, Open Home.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 "Company's Comin'!" 15
2 On Entertaining 23
3 The Immanent Guest 35
4 The Gift of Hospitality 47
5 The Servant 61
6 On Serving & Being Served 73
7 Telltale Marks 81
8 Welcome 97
9 The Family of Joint Heirs 107
10 Open Homes 119
11 The Finest House in Town 129
12 Householding 139
13 Open Hearts 149
14 The Hospice 159
15 Stewards of Time 169
16 Shortcuts 181
17 Creativity and Simplicity 189
18 At Ease 199
Given to Hospitality--A Prayer 207
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