Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Book Review: The Reluctant Entertainer


Yep, that's me.  A reluctant entertainer.  I've had people over to our tiny apartment about three times since we moved in.  We just don't have the space to entertain anyone but ourselves, and honestly inviting someone into our tiny home is an embarrassment to me.  I keep telling myself that once we move into a bigger place I'll entertain more, but I might be encouraging some bad habits by not practicing hospitality right now.

Then I got the chance to review The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin.   Sandy Coughlin is a popular blogger on the subject of entertaining and hospitality.  Through this book, she offers encouragement and ideas to help women break free of the fears that keep them from practicing hospitality.  This book emphasizes the lost art of entertaining and, more importantly, connecting deeply with others.  This book is full of meal ideas, party ideas, conversation starters and reassurance that it is okay that we are not all Martha Stewart.  The heart of the book resounds with the message that people don't care if you or your house is perfect; they long to connect to others just like you do.

Read. This. Book.  I still feel I can't really open our home to anyone at this time, but we do have plans to move into a little bit bigger space in the near future, and I'm very inspired to begin finding out how much hospitality is inside of me.  This book will be used as a reference for ideas and a source of courage when I lose my nerve about having people over.  I believe our society may have lost the art of hospitality, but that it is not lost forever.  I truly can't say enough how much I loved this. 

Oh, and Ms. Coughlin's blog is definitely going on my daily reading list.

Bethany House provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger review program.  If you would like to participate in this program, please visit www.bethanyhouse.com/bookreviewers

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