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

  • Title: Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome & Wanted
  • Author: Karen Burton Mains
  • ISBN: 9780830823000
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
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    About Karen Burton Mains


    1. I would love to have you receive my email newsletter, Soulish Food You can subscribe at hungrysouls newsletter I m now also in Facebook, facebook karen.burton talk to you there Thank you And I m actively blogging at blog.karenmains For decades, Karen Mains, a prolific writer and gifted communicator, has offered her talents, as well as her joys and sorrows, to the building of God s Kingdom Whether as an author, speaker, or radio and television producer and co host, Karen has addressed the deep spiritual needs and longings that surface in our current society Karen s voice is substantive, often humorous, many times lyrical, but always practical.Many of her creative works have been birthed out of personal experience Her first best selling book Open Heart, Open Home, is considered a classic and deals with the theology of Christian hospitality It has sold over 600,000 copies and captured experiences out of 12 years serving in an inner city pastorate in a church founded by her husband, David R Mains The book challenges believers to use hospitality as a means of bringing redemption to a broken society.In 1977, Mains communication gifts expanded when her husband became director of The Chapel of the Air Ministries This nationally known outreach featured a syndicated radio broadcast, aired on almost 500 outlets each Monday through Saturday across the U.S and Canada Karen often served as co host on the 15 minute program, lending her unique perspective to issues that impact the spiritual vitality of individual Christians and local churches Her broadcast research generated the widely accepted book, Child Sexual Abuse A Hope for Healing, co authored with Maxine Hancock The Mains media ministry continued with the daily half hour national television show, You Need 2 Know, which won the 1995 Producer of the Year award from The National Religious Broadcasters.In 1980, Karen traveled through the barrios and refugee camps in Central America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa As a result of these journeys, she wrote The Fragile Curtain, which won the 1982 Christopher Award given to writers, producers, and directors whose works affirm the highest values of the human spirit and are representative of the best achievements in their fields.Mains three books for children, The Kingdom Tales Trilogy, was awarded the Gold Medallion by the Evangelical Press Association These stories are frequently used by pastors as sermon material, have been endlessly adapted in dramatic form for churches and Christian schools, and have been regularly employed for the purposes of deep therapy by Christian counselors You can see these at kingdomtalesKaren Mains served on the Board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for eight years and was elected its first woman chairperson She is the co founder of the Chrysosostom Society, a group of well known Christian writers committed to excellence in their work A past member of the Author s Guild of New York, she works to reconcile, through a variety of means one of which is the establishment of Artists Communities in local churches , the artist to Christianity As part of her personal interest, Karen now offers informal Wannabee Writers mentoring discussions.Karen Mains now serves as co director of Mainstay Ministries where she is responsible for Hungry Souls, a spiritual mentoring outreach that seeks to help people whose appetite for God is greater than what their present environment is meeting An annual 24 hour Advent Retreat of Silence, 3 day Retreats of Silence to people in the


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    1. This modern Christian classic written originally in 1973 was a treasure trove of wisdom for today Anecdotal evidence of its staying power several friends with whom I talked about it said, Oh, I think my mom has that book somewhere My biggest takeaway was that pride stands in the way of true hospitality we fail to invite, to welcome because our home may not be perfectly decorated or tidy, we fear what others may think of us, we must work hard to impress before we can open our doors Mains makes th [...]

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    2. This book changed my view of hospitality and changed my life Since reading it we have welcomed people into our humble home than many with large homes We have shown others our real lives and not shown a perfectly neat home continuously We show them we LIVE in our home It has been quite humbling, but hopefully fruitful.

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    3. I read this book a long time ago, but it has stayed with me There was a period in my life when I was given the opportunity to practice what was radical hospitality for me One night my boss called me up a bit frantically That evening she had treated a mutual friend and coworker to an opera But it was very late, too late for our friend to make the two hour drive back to her home However my boss, fraught with strange insecurities, did not feel her own home was a suitable place to entertain her frie [...]

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    4. love, love, love this book it is such a beautifully written call to genuine hospitality none of this make sure your house is clean crap instead it talks about what you do when someone stops by and the house is a wreck throw open the door, invite them in, do not make them self concious by apologizing, and take that opportunity for genuine loving ministry it talks about the difference between entertaining guests which is focused on you and your posessions and how good you look and serving people w [...]

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    5. This was surprisingly very good I had expected sort of a nice little christian table setting book Instead it was basically a really good exposition of what it means to live the Christian life In talking about hospitality she gives the best description I ve ever read of what it means to walk in the Spirit she makes a very good case for the home being the real place that evangelism and local church body building should take place She adresses how to live out the Christian life of love with your fa [...]

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    6. I m convicted to allow others to see Christ thought me, even if it means seeing my untidy home It reminds us that pride hinders the Spirit, even when it comes to homemaking I ll rate it when I m done.

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    7. A book from my mum s collection that s full of gems and I ve finally come back to finish Lots of great points about the importance of transformative hospitality which is so essential to Christianity, and the sharing of our real, complicated, messy lives, rather than just trying to impress guests with a dinner party.

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    8. I like to reread this book to remind myself that I need to share what the Lord has given me Friends, health, shelter, and all the little things that make a home To share is to bless others and I know God likes that.

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    9. This book is the gold standard on the subject of Christian hospitality I first read it in 1982 when I was just learning to exercise the gift of hospitality, and Karen Mains stimulated me to go beyond the basic dinner invitation I learned to take risks, to welcome strangers to the table, to provide bed and breakfast for all kinds of interesting people This thoroughly Biblical and beautifully written book will stimulate the desire to throw open the door of your heart and home to others, to get bey [...]

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    10. The author and I have some pretty big theological differences, but there is still so much wisdom to be gleaned here She really changed my view of what hospitality even means She does encourage throwing dinners and teas and all that, but she also reminds us that just showing kindness and being welcoming to your neighbors children, or allowing a friend s child to leave muddy footprints in your new van while you gift them with transportation, is being hospitable There are so many ways we can demons [...]

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    11. This book was written in 1976 and still is fresh, speaking to the heart of Christian hospitality nothing is lovelier to me than filling our lives with people we love with our children and families, with neighbors, with Christian friends Upon making new acquaintances my first instinct is to bring them home to flood our home and lives with humanity its voices, its forms, its ideas, its beauty, its brokenness Her best advice invite freely, ask people to bring whatever they want, and don t clean hou [...]

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    12. Delightful book filled with stories, tips, and hope that we too can learn to think adventurously, discover that hospitality is not what we have, but what we are Jesus set a beautiful example in hospitality Bread for thousands from a few loaves, wine from water, disabilities turned into opportunities To All who came, Jesus gave Himself, rest for the weary, food for the hungry, water for the thirsty.

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    13. A wonderful reminder that all we are given is to be used to advance God s kingdom Though mostly about hospitality, the book goes deeper into utilizing your spiritual gifts and resources The hospitality sections are useful for everyone, encouraging all to show God s love through acts of kindness and sensitivity.

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    14. This book was surprisingly sharp and convicting in all the right ways Based on the cover I thought it would be super cheesy but it is not at all Instead it is full of gracious and beautiful stories spoken with conviction It really helped me in growing towards being a better steward of my home and showing better hospitality.

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    15. Excellent, excellent book Am getting ready to re read So simple and yet not It says in a nutshell, have people over, enjoy them, enjoy each other Let God s love flow Talks well about balance doing this Recommended by a friend, and read through with another friend both of us greatly positively impacted

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    16. Martha Stewart meets entertaining at home with Christian flair Much focus on the religious attitude than on the entertaining side though Takes away some of the concerns about hosting poorly too.

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    17. I really enjoyed this book on hospitality Karen does a great job showcasing how hospitality can look in different settings, it s not just about having fancy dinner parties It has really helped me change my perspective from day to day, and find opportunities to have a hospitable spirit.

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    18. Own.From principles such as beginning and continuing in the Spirit, to being hospitable to your own immediate family first, to opening your door to strangers and the needy, to practical ideas and encouragement, this book covers a lot of ground in a short space.

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    19. Read the original book printed in 1976 My Grandmother gave it to me and it changed my life and home, still today.

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    20. Very encouraging if you desire true hospitality There is a marked difference between that and entertainment I desire hospitality

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    21. A wonderful book on hospitality, and what it means to use one s home and resources to reach out to fellow christians and nonbelievers alike I ve read this book 3 times in the last 4 years.

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    22. This book was a staple for me when I was a young wife and craved knowledge about entertaining and welcoming people into our home It inspires the reader to love and cherish others, not impress them.

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    23. As a young pastor s wife, this book had a huge impact on me It gave me permission to be myself and not pretend to be the stereotypical pastor s wife that so many seemed to expect me to be.

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    24. Liked some parts but on the whole the book seemed unorganized I didn t like everything she said but some was helpful.

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