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Reach Out, Gather In: 40 Days to Opening Your Heart and Home

Reach Out, Gather In: 40 Days to Opening Your Heart and Home

by Karen Ehman
Reach Out, Gather In: 40 Days to Opening Your Heart and Home

Reach Out, Gather In: 40 Days to Opening Your Heart and Home

by Karen Ehman


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Like most women, you want to open up your home and connect with others. But you don't think you have the time or ability. Along comes Reach Out. Gather In.

Through devotionals and practical tips, New York Times bestselling author Karen Ehman will inspire you to put love into action in this 40-day journey of hospitality. Karen will help you with the how to and why of reaching out to others in meaningful ways. This book—part devotional, part practical handbook—will help you find loving ways to feed both the bodies and souls of the people whom God has placed in your life. In Reach Out. Gather In., Karen will share
· some of her favorite recipes and hospitality traditions
· ideas for menu planning and themed gatherings
· sorta-from-scratch shortcuts for busy days when you need something delicious in a snap
· motivating stories and biblical inspiration
· space for answering reflective questions so you can journal your own 40-day excursion
· sidebars on decluttering and cleaning strategies

This beautiful book highlights the why of hospitality, so that your home and life will grow to be a place where the gospel is displayed, drawing others closer to Christ and making a difference for eternity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764237959
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Karen Ehman is a New York Times bestselling author with Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a writer for Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that reaches more than four million women daily. She has authored fifteen books, including Keep It Shut and Settle My Soul. You can connect with Karen at, where she helps women live their priorities and love their lives.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

Why Welcome?

Day 1 Holy Leftovers and Apple Cinnamon Tea 19

Day 2 But Do I Have To? 24

Day 3 Open Your Gift (and Then Give It Away!) 29

Day 4 Clutter-Busting Basics 35

Day 5 A Fresh Take on Leftovers 41

Family First, but Not Family Only

Day 6 Relatively Speaking 47

Day 7 Don't Just Tell Them-Show Them 52

Day 8 Sticky Notes, Bananas, and a Tank Full of Gas 57

Day 9 Quickstep Cleaning 63

Day 10 Sharing Some Secret Family Recipes 67

Find me Somebody to Love

Day 11 Tell Me, What Do You Have? 75

Day 12 Won't You Be My Neighbor? 80

Day 13 Just Open Your Eyes (and Ears!) 86

Day 14 Don't Fail to Prepare 91

Day 15 A Freezer Full of Love 95

Discovering Your Niche

Day 16 Our Need to Nurture 103

Day 17 On Puzzle Pieces and Purpose 109

Day 18 Go Find Your Old Self 116

Day 19 Carving Out Time to Care 121

Day 20 Sensational Salads 126

Meet Their Needs

Day 21 Holy Land Hospitality 133

Day 22 Enter Their World 138

Day 23 Share Your Stuff 143

Day 24 Your Home, Their Airbnb 150

Day 25 Sips and Snacks 154

Refresh Their Souls

Day 26 Lose the Stipulations, Keep the Love 161

Day 27 Cravings of the Heart 166

Day 28 Fanning the Flames 173

Day 29 Spa for Their Soul 178

Day 30 Pie, Oh My! 182

Hospitality Outside the Home

Day 31 The Proper Preposition 191

Day 32 Where Are the Layovers in Your Life? 195

Day 33 Serving Those Who Serve You 200

Day 34 Location, Location, Location 205

Day 35 A Basket of Blessings 210

Whose Eyes Do You Have?

Day 36 Grab the Right Glasses 219

Day 37 Lifting Up the Beaten Down 223

Day 38 Who'd You Bring with Ya? 228

Day 39 Filling Up So You Can Keep Pouring Out 233

Day 40 Calendar-Year Cakes 237

Your Final (and Continual) Assignment 243

Acknowledgments 245

Resources 246

Spiritual Résumé 247

Memory Verses 249

Notes 253

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