Invited - The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness
Many people today feel lonely, isolated, and disconnected from God and others. We crave authentic community, but we have no idea where to start. We'd be glad to cultivate friendships; but honestly, who's got the time?

In Invited, writer Leslie Verner says real hospitality is not having a Pinterest-perfect table or well-appointed living room. True hospitality is not clean, comfortable, or controlled. It is an invitation to enter a sacred space together with friends and strangers. Through vivid accounts from her life and travels in Uganda, China, and Tajikistan, and stories of visiting congregations in the United States, Verner shares stories of life around the table and how hospitality is at the heart of Christian community. What if we in the West learned about hospitality from people around the globe? What if our homes became laboratories of belonging?

Invited will empower you to open your home, get to know your neighbors, and prioritize people over tasks. Holy hospitality requires more of Jesus and less of us. It leads not only to loving the stranger but to becoming the stranger. Welcome to a new kind of hospitality.

I was provided a pre-release copy of Invited and found it very thought provoking. Verner challenges us to step out of our comfort zone and to walk out loving our neighbors as Jesus called us to do. She relates story after story from her own life about how real the struggle is against our own nature and western culture and at the same time rewarding.

Read even MORE about Invited and the ideas behind the book in this post on Leslie's website:
 Four Simple Ways to Practice Hospitality

Leslie has provided me a paperback copy of Invited to giveaway to one lucky reader. Interested? You can enter by simply responding in the comments with "I WANNA COPY!" Contest ends Aug 20th. Winner will be chosen at random. Sorry, only open to U.S. residents.

If you pre-order a copy before August 20th, you are eligible for these pre-order bonuses:

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