You know an author is invested in their topic when the subject matter doesn't just leap from the pages but is embodied and nuanced through every word. Willis and Clements keep their book open, conversational, and up-front with their topic of choice, always sticking closely to their chosen topic of hospitality.
Overall, I found the book to be a challenging read personally and an enjoyable read as far as books go. The idea that anyone can change the world through being hospitable and building community in their everyday lives was both simple and yet rang clear with truth. In today's disconnected, social media driven society Willis and Clements argument really touches a chord.
The book itself was well laid out covering a Biblical understanding and mandate for being hospitable, practical ways to become more hospitable (even for introverts like me), and providing in-depth questions for reflections. The book even includes a section for group study which, for a book about getting people together, just makes logical sense.
The author's writing style has a relatable honesty that made the book a joy to read. I loved the personal stories of both their successes and failures on their journey to learning hospitality. As someone who struggles to make initial contact it was so helpful to see how others have learned (and that others need to learn, not everyone gets it from the start).
Willis and Clements have given a voice to an area I've seen struggling within the church but was unable to place firmly enough to bring to words. I highly recommend to anyone interested in the church, ministry, community, or just wanted to connect.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion, the views expressed are my own.