What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.
With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.
Butterfield (The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert), author, pastor's wife, and homeschooling mother, encourages a "radical ordinary hospitality" in her fun and useful latest. Butterfield believes readers should use their "Christian home in a daily way that seeks to make strangers neighbors and neighbors family of God." The Bible calls Christians to welcome criminals and outcasts, she writes, not only like-minded friends. She shares anecdotes about and functional steps toward practicing hospitality, such as helping a reclusive neighbor find his lost pit bull (and writing letters to the same neighbor when he lands in prison for running a methamphetamine lab) and singing psalms to her dying mother. She details her prayers, what she cooks (rice and beans, a simple meal that can easily feed large groups that gather in her home on the fly), and her adventures in foster parenting. Well versed in theology, Butterfield speaks on sin, repentance, and sanctification, and applies these biblical concepts to hot topic issues such as gender inequality. Butterfield strikes the right balance of doctrine and personal narrative in this paean to the welcoming home.