In Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock, two professors of home economics at The Master’s College extol women to practice the biblical command to be hospitable.

Lots of books about hospitality are on the market today, and I wondered what would be different about this one.  For those who are new to the concept of biblical hospitality, Ennis and Tatlock do a good job of giving an overview in their seven chapters of some of the most important aspects of hospitality.  The eight chapters consider:

  1. Hospitality and Character
  2. Hospitality and Strangers
  3. Hospitality and Family
  4. Hospitality and Management
  5. Hospitality and Your Home
  6. Hospitality and Others
  7. Hospitality and Culture
  8. Hospitality and Ministry

I found the chapter on hospitality and culture to be especially interesting.  The authors give lots of concrete suggestions and ideas for consideration when inviting people into your home who are visiting from another country.  Considering time, customs, food preparation, and food service are some of the concepts that they help readers work through when considering extending hospitality to those of a different nationality.

I would recommend this book for individual reading, but it could also be used as a part of a book club or a short women’s book study.