How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird

by Amy Lively


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217005
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,182,253
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction 13

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

Notes 213

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How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
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.
GiltBuckram More than 1 year ago
“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.