About one year ago, my husband and I talked about a vision of our home being a place of hospitality. When I saw The Simplest Way to Change the World, I hoped that authors Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements would offer encouragement and suggestions. I was not disappointed!
The back and forth between stories belonging to Willis and Clements can be a bit confusing. However, the personal examples of mistakes and success are vital to the compelling challenge to use hospitality as a ministry. Willis and Clements acknowledge the temptation to use the home solely as a personal refuge. They address the excuses commonly used to avoid practicing hospitality, specifically our culture’s current addiction to isolation and the pseudo-social activities that actually feed isolation.
Although the picture on the front of The Simplest Way to Change the World may not have much significance for most readers, I found it to be helpful in conjunction with the tone of the text. I think that people often think of elaborate holiday parties, with fancy decorations, spotless homes, and exquisite food. But, the picture on the cover shows a simple backyard gathering which reminds readers that simplicity is okay because relationship is the focus of hospitality.
I highly recommend The Simplest Way to Change the World. The reading is not difficult, but the ideas for hospitality and ministry are challenging.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.