Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others


This practical resource defines biblical hospitality and illustrates how all believers can practice hospitality from a biblical perspective.

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This practical resource defines biblical hospitality and illustrates how all believers can practice hospitality from a biblical perspective.

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"Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock have served a rich fare of biblical teaching and practical application. With comprehensive scope and depth, this book provides tremendous motivation for obeying the biblical commands to practice hospitality-motivation rooted in the character and ways of God himself. Each chapter concludes with insightful questions and Bible studies, as well as practical tips and recipes. Practicing Hospitality will help readers grow in understanding and carrying out the biblical mandate of Christian hospitality in ways that honor the Lord."
Bruce and Jo Diane Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Semnary (Bruce), and Homemaker (Jo Diane)

"In a world where it's easy to focus on my needs and my wants, Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock draw the reader away from self and toward others. Practicing Hospitality inspires you to model biblical love and equips you with practical, easy-to-apply advice."
Glynnis Whitwer, Author, Work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work at Home; Senior Editor, P31 Woman magazine

"I realized quickly while in the Home Economics program that Dr. Ennis and Dr. Tatlock practice the kind of hospitality they teach. In Practicing Hospitality the authors offer us a rich biblical and practical volume, and its principles will prove to be a blessing to Christian women who seek to implement them."
Robin Contreras, Pastor's Wife, Missionary, Homemaker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581349429
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 768,653
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Ennis (EdD, Northern Arizona University) is distinguished professor and director of homemaking programs at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has authored and coauthored several books, including Practicing Hospitality.

PAT ENNIS and LISA TATLOCK have also coauthored Becoming a Woman Who Pleases God and its companion volume, Designing a Lifestyle That Pleases God. Dr. Ennis chairs the Home Economics department at The Master's College, and Dr. Tatlock has taught home economics at The Master's College since 1988. Both authors regularly speak to women's groups and write articles on various topics.

Dorothy Kelley Patterson (DTheol, University of South Africa) is professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where her husband, Paige Patterson, is the president. She is an active homemaker, author, and frequent speaker and Bible teacher at women’s conferences, as well as a mother and grandmother.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Biblical Foundation With Practical Application

    Written from a biblical perspective by two professors of home economics, Practicing Hospitality is a helpful book that inspires Christian women to serve others through their homes without feeling they need to be a Martha Stewart to do so.

    Many examples of hospitality from scripture are given as well as practical tips for entertaining and being ready to have guests on a moment's notice. I appreciated that the authors don't pretend that being hospitable is easy or something that comes naturally to everyone. For some of us it takes a lot of discipline and work to keep our homes presentable and not all of us are naturally inclined to socializing and entertaining, but this book is full of ideas on how to make it more enjoyable when the opportunity presents itself. I also appreciated that the authors suggest that hospitality is easier when the motivation to serve comes from scripture and doing it to glorify Christ rather than out of obligation or a need to impress others.

    Chapter topics include hospitality and how it relates to personal character, strangers, family, home management, culture, military, etc., and some recipes are also included. I liked the practical tips given in the chapter on home management that helped me accept that my home can be clean and free from clutter without needing to be a showplace. The tone of the book releases the reader from feeling she needs to have a perfect home, be a gourmet cook, or have the perfect dinner party plan before she can open her home to serve others. The authors give examples of how guests remember feeling welcome at someone's home more than what was served or how her home was decorated and that's a good lesson to take from the book.

    Although married women who are homemakers will likely be most drawn to this book, the tips and biblical foundation of hospitality apply to everyone whether male or female, married or single, parents or those without children.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.

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    This book has taught me so much! My mother worked a lot growing up and didn't really get to teach me all the "homemaker" skills that I would love to have. So, I have been looking to books to learn more about my role as a wife, keeper of the home, and future mother. This book has taught me so much about hospitality and the ministry that a woman can have from her home.

    This book is going to be one that I refer people to for a long time! I am a social butterfly by nature, but I have never fully considered the impact that hospitality could have on eternity!

    Since Michael and I have been married we have been having people over for dinners, game nights, and other special events. But, we never fully took advantage of the time to further God's kingdom!

    After reading this book I have such a different perspective on hospitality. The book is full of practical tips to help you focus more on God than on you, your home, your food, etc... Hospitality is all about showing God's love in a practical way. This book helped me to see this in such a powerful way!

    I will never look at a dinner with guests or game night the same way again! I am always going to try to lay our events at the feet of Jesus, shower them with prayer, and point to Him before, during, and after!

    This book will challenge you to use your home as a center for evangelism at every opportunity you can! Do not miss your change to read this book!!!

    For more book reviews, visit my blog

    -Ashley Wells

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