You may recognize Edie from her blog or from her recent feature in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. But what you might not know is that Edie's heart is just as beautiful as her home! 31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality is an easy-to-read, heartfelt look at the true meaning of hospitality and "what it really means to be open and giving to others."
First of all, I love the logistics of this book.
No driving across town with the kids whining in the back of the minivan, and then waiting in line at the bookstore while the lady in front of you tries to use an expired coupon from 1993 on a romance novel. Nope. You can click over to Life in Grace, order your own digital copy for just $5 (not much more than a tall Starbucks mocha, and I would know!), and easily download it onto your Kindle, ipad, or iphone. If you don't have an ereader or a smart phone, the you can also easily read the book on your computer or laptop!
What did this book show me about Hospitality?
I use the word "show" rather than "tell" because Edie does such a fantastic job of teaching the reader instead of just telling us line by line, list by list, what we should be doing. She gives us practical ways to apply the ideas she shares.
I highlighted so many sections of the ebook that my Kindle screen might as well have been gray instead of "paperwhite." That's always a sign of a good read--lots of highlighting marks!
Edie defines what hospitality is and what it is not. It is not having a spacious home with lots of room for overflowing guests. It is not a table set with expensive china or a meal made with the fanciest ingredients. "True hospitality is born in the heart." It's a way of living and "opening our hearts to receive others."
I could go on for pages about how much this ebook touched my heart, y'all. I struggle a lot with our family's place in this wretched economy and not having the type of home or means to entertain that I "need." 31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality really challenged me to look deeper at my motivations, the way I spend my time, and the way I view others.
And, just so you know, Edie goes above and beyond by not only providing us spiritual inspiration, but also plenty of fun and inspiring ideas we can incorporate into our own homes to make them more welcoming.
Thank you, Edie for sharing so openly with your readers. Your words touched my heart, and I know they'll be a blessing to many others!
I'm giving away 5 copies of the ebook this week!
If you'd like to win a copy of 31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality, please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter!
**UPDATE: Giveaway now closed. Winners have been notified!**
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*Giveaway open until 12 am on February 11, 2013.
If you are not a winner, I highly recommend purchasing this. It would make a great summer Bible study or Book Club study if you have a good group of women to meet with!
Blessings to you today!