I commend The Gospel Comes with a House Key to you! “The Gospel Comes with a House Key” is filled with Rosaria’s wise counsel on hospitality and the intentional life it creates!
God Works through Hospitality and this Book Proves it!
I read much of The Gospel Comes with a House Key through tears. Radically ordinary Christian hospitality is something so often missing from our lives and our churches. We value our time and our stuff and our convenience more than we value the people God made in His image and placed before us.
It is sin in us to care more about our chosen hobby, activity, or comfort than the people around us.
Rosaria Butterfield stands in opposition to a western Christian culture filled with convenience and materialism and does so with beauty and boldness. The first page of the preface opens this book with a call to live out the Gospel through an open hand and open heart. “Those who live out radically ordinary hospitality see their homes not as theirs at all but as God’s gift to use for the furtherance of His kingdom.”
Rosaria shares very openly about her personal story from childhood, her relationships with her family, the struggles they have faced in their neighborhood and their church and she discusses each of these circumstances within the frame of hospitality and the effect it did have or should have had.
This Book Represents a Way of Life
It is obvious as you read these accounts and the vulnerability with which she shares that this is a life message for the Butterfield family. This book is formed out of conviction from Scripture and the personal stories which have proven these concepts time and time again.
Rosaria does not back away from any hard truth. She confronts the intersection of hospitality and repentance, church discipline, and harsh words. She challenges believers to open wide their doors without fear of what situation they may be faced with.
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Every chapter of this book provoked deep thought as I examined my own ministry of hospitality, why it matters, and what God is seeking to accomplish through it.
Walking the reader through her own neighborhood, Rosaria talks about what it was like to be the ones who continually reached out to one hurting, broken neighbor. He became their friend only to lose everything when he was sent to prison for running a meth lab out of his house. The neighborhood brought bitter complaints and challenges against the Butterfields and this was their response.
“After we prayed together, Kent turned to me and said, ‘Would you have done any of this differently?’
I knew what he meant. Our neighbors were fuming mad at Hank, and their anger was spilling over to us. Had we missed some important clue? For the past two years, our neighbors had been warning us about Hank. They just had a bad feeling about him, they would say. Were they right and we wrong? It sure seemed so.
‘Not a thing. Jesus dined with sinners. So do we,’ I said.
‘Right,’ Kent said. ‘Being known as a friend of sinners has an edge to it I hadn’t felt before though. But it is a compliment, really. This is what Jesus does. But I sure feel the edge.’”
And with those the words deep conviction spread across my heart. Am I a friend of sinners the way my Savior is? Could that be said of me? Do I love the way He does? Does my home reflect that kind of love?
And so it went with every chapter.
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It’s Okay to be Different
There are some elements of what daily hospitality looks like in my home that are different from Rosaria’s. Our schedules, homes, neighborhoods, churches, and life circumstances are different. And, though I don’t believe the Butterfield way of hospitality is the only way, I do believe it is captivatingly beautiful. This look inside the life and home of an ordinary family committed to living each day for Christ has given me sufficient cause to repent, rejoice, and learn for the last several weeks as I have slowly picked my way through these words.
It is with confidence that I commend this book to you. It is written by someone with far more wisdom and experience than I, whose heart has been captured by Christ to do the very same work I am passionate about. I entrust you, friends, to Rosaria’s wise counsel and hope you feel the breath of fresh air it brings.
Have any of you read this book? What were your thoughts? Any other favorite books on hospitality? Let me know in the comments below!