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"I want to love my neighbor, but I don't know how."
Most of us feel guilty about Christ's command to love our neighbor, but let's be honestwe don't even know most of the people living around us.
How can we love people we don't even know? Besides, doesn't it count as "loving our neighbor" when we send money to missionaries and put out yard signs for our church? Are we supposed to just knock on our neighbors' doors and tell them about Jesus?
"They'll think I'm weird."
How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird helps you overcome fears about getting to know your neighbors and sharing your faith. You'll learn simple, practical ways to get to know your neighbors, using your God-given personality. As you venture out of the comfort of your living room and into the lives of your neighbors, you'll form authentic friendships, create a safer community, and find fulfillment in obeying Christ's #2 command.
Loving your neighbor isn't a random command; it's God's perfect plan.
"A very timely book for a very isolated culture. Amy Lively offers practical help and guidance in the neglected practice of hospitality."Dr. Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife
"This ministry is changing lives. Amy has followed God's leading into an untapped area of people that need Jesus. What a simple idea of reaching out to your neighborhoodthe area that God placed you in for His purposes. Amy's ideas and excellent resources have offered a no-excuse zone for this ministry. The Lord said, 'Love me and love your neighbor.' He chose Amy to show us the way. Thank you for this amazing resource!"Chrissy Dunham, director of women's ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas
"Amy knows God has given each of us a corner of the world to share the love of Jesus and the hope found in His Word. Her book equips women, spiritually and practically, to answer this call and open their hearts and homes to friends and neighbors."Wendy Blight, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author
"Amy's brilliant approach to engaging our neighbors is natural, fun, and life-changing! She provides every single thing you will need, including courage. This book and practice is a must for everyone desiring to honor and obey the Lord."Debbie Stuart, church and leadership development director, Women of Faith
" Amy gives us the keys to really connect with those who live around usnot with an agenda, but with a heart toward real relationships. A must-read for anyone who believes that 'Love thy neighbor' really starts at your front door."Kathi Lipp, coauthor of The Cure for the Perfect Life and author of The Husband Project
"With hundreds of friends on social media, why are we so lonely? In her amazing book, Amy Lively identifies the heart-need for deep connection that's not being met through a screen and offers a simple solution: Actually meet the people who live near you. Amy's openness to share her successes and failures at reaching out will inspire you to try it yourself.'"Glynnis Whitwer, author of Everyday Confetti; executive director of communications, Proverbs 31 Ministries
"Amy shows us, step-by-step, how to conquer our fears, connect with our neighbors, and have fun too! Highly recommend!"Cindy Bultema, speaker, Bible teacher, and author of Red Hot Faith
"What does 'love your neighbor as yourself' really mean? In this book, Amy Lively will give you the tips, tools, and techniques you need to love your neighbor in your own unique way."Jennifer Rothschild, author of Lessons I Learned in the Dark; founder of Fresh Grounded Faith events and womensministry.net
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About the Author
Amy Lively is a teacher, writer, and speaker. She founded The Neighborhood Café ministry through which she provides tools, tips, and resources that equip women to host Bible studies with neighbors.
She is passionate about helping people identify their unique ministry gifts and has helped launch several ministries. Amy, her husband, and their daughter live in Lancaster, Ohio. Learn more at www.theneighborhoodcafe.net.
Table of Contents
1 The View From My Window 17
2 Welcome to Your Neighborhood 36
3 Home Sweet Home 54
4 Don't Be Weird 71
5 Fears and Excuses 93
6 It's All Spiritual 111
7 Unwrapping Your Gifts 121
8 Say What? 137
9 Martha Unleashed 153
10 Your Neighborhood Strategy 169
11 A Word of Warning and a Message of Hope 185
Appendix A The Neighborhood Café 199
Appendix B Additional Resources 201
Appendix C Mapping and Demographic Websites 211
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How often do we, as Christians, work to get our friends and family into the church, but completely ignore our neighbors. They are the ones that live the closest to us and yet we might not even know their names. The author outlines steps to getting to know our neighbors in a non-threatening way. She begins with the steps on how to invite them over for coffee and then to ease into a neighborhood Bible study. But she also outlines so much more. Each chapter takes a different aspect of "being a neighbor" and breaks it down. She uses lots of scripture and ends each chapter with steps the reader can take to put the chapter into action. The book was well written. The chapters are outlined well and are easy to implement. I liked the questions as the end of each chapter. I'll be honest, I had a hard time starting this book. The first couple of chapters didn't grab me and I wanted to quit. I thought the only idea was to have a Bible study in my home and I'm not at that place yet. But once I got through the first couple of chapters I really got into the book and was pleasantly surprised. This is a book for any woman who wants to reach out to those around her. It has practical advice and amusing stories that entertain while they teach. So even if you don't have neighbors who live close enough to visit, you can still benefit from the thoughts in this book. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
“From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live.” -Acts 17:26 NIrV I was up late working on all things media-related for Gilt & Buckram Reviews, when my husband comes in to tell me of the Lafayette theater shooting. As I’m watching the reports roll in about the events, it hits close to home–really close to home, as in three hours close, technically in Shreveport’s backyard; this coming on the heels of the terrible shootings in Chattanooga and Charleston. How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird automatically came to mind, because as it happened, it has been sitting on my desk, in the “need to review” pile. I kept nagging myself to write it (ashamedly I’ve had the book for a few weeks), and this was it, just the motivation I needed to accurately portray what Amy Lively was trying to convey, but maybe on a broader scale, loving our neighbor, friend or stranger. In Amy Lively’s book, she is literally talking about your physical neighbor, but I can’t help but attribute and assign the term to my fellow man. The shooters in all these cases must have been in a terrible state of mind, to take the life of a stranger in such a wretched and painful way. According to Google, yes I Googled the term, “neighbor” means exactly what you’d think, but then the third and last bullet proclaimed this, “any person in need of one’s help or kindness (after biblical use)”. Wow! I consider that a win coming from Google. Sadly, these shooters were a missed opportunity to share the love of Jesus with; what a shame that they didn’t know how much Jesus loves them! “I would rather go to Africa than go across the street”, Lively states and I have to admit, I’m right there with her. How terrifying to have your neighbors decline your offer at your most vulnerable moment, and then having to see them everyday and be reminded of the rejection. But what if God opened the door through you to reveal who Jesus is? The responsibility is mine to love my neighbor and let God do the work in their heart. Ultimately, I believe Lively is trying to communicate, through her example, that we should love everyone, because Jesus directed us to. How do I deserve God’s love, but my neighbor doesn’t? Her lesson is this, don’t invite your neighbors to church at first, especially if you barely know them. Maybe they never had a good experience with church, and in turn they associate that feeling with you. Lively is saying to love them through our everyday actions first, invite them over, get to know one another and show them Jesus through you. Do weekly Bible studies with your neighborhood and allow the relationship to flourish. We start with those closest to us, in our daily interactions. If those troubled shooters had encountered Jesus through one person, we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about the hatred that’s unfolding. It starts with us. Love each other, the risk is too great to keep our mouths closed and not share the unconditional love of Jesus. **** 4 Stars How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird by Amy Lively 224 Pages Published 2015 Genre: Nonfiction, Christian ISBN-13: 978-0764217005 *Disclaimer: This eBook was received from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.