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The Gospel Comes With a House Key

Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World

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How radical, ordinary hospitality can be used by God to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbours

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What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically.

With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbours. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.

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ISBN 9781433557866
Format Hardback
First published April 2018
Dimensions 139.7mm x 215.9mm x 20mm
Weight 0.41 kg
Language English
Pages 240
Publisher Crossway

Gloria Furman

Author of Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full and The Pastor's Wife

Artfully woven into the fabric of who we are, each of us possesses an urgency to be included, an ache to be known, and a longing to be welcomed. In this book, Rosaria describes how the good news of the gospel not only meets our deepest needs but transforms us into cohosts who invite others to meet Jesus. Rosaria Butterfield’s enthusiasm for the unparalleled expression of hospitality—the Son of God on the cross drawing all men to himself—is what energizes her to practice radically ordinary hospitality and invite us all to do the same. This book will stir your imagination to generate creative ways to incorporate radically ordinary hospitality into your own life as well.

Ray Ortlund

President, Renewal Ministries

God strongly advances his cause by raising up prophetic voices of fresh insight, bold words, and powerful impact. Rosaria Butterfield is just such a voice for God in our time. The Gospel Comes with a House Key is Rosaria’s heart reaching out to our hearts, calling us to love our neighbors with sacrificial hospitality. This book is going to shake us all up in the most wonderfully destabilizing way.

Aimee Byrd

Author, Housewife Theologian and The Sexual Reformation

This book isn’t for those who want to live the comfortable Christian life. Rosaria proves there is no such thing. She has a unique way of blending personal story and theological teaching that challenges the reader to engage in areas of both agreement and disagreement. I was sharpened well in both cases.

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29 Nov 2022

“A real challenge...in a good way”

I had heard the author before on YouTube which is where I heard about this book. She has led a very colourful life but the way God turned her life around is amazing in itself (the subject of another of her books).

This book concentrates on the call to radical hospitality as an everyday part of our Christian witness and is uncomfortable reading, especially for an English introvert!. Wonderful story and a real inspiration which should challenge any reader and lover of Jesus.

7 May 2019

“A fantastic book on a subject that is often overlooked or not seen as that important.”

Over the years, having been a member of several different churches, I have come to see that the importance of hospitality in our churches is often overlooked. Rosaria Butterfield writes in a very warm way that encourages the reader to see that we are all called to show hospitality no matter how big our living space is. It is such a huge opportunity to get to know our neighbours and church family. I highly, recommend this book to all Christians who long for deeper relationships.

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