My sweet friend, Leslie Verner released her book Invited this past week! I just love the subtitle: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness.

Leslie shares from her travel the powerful effect cross-cultural hospitality had on her life. I love a quote she shares from a friend in Saudi Arabia about hospitality, “We usually give up our own rooms to offer them the best room in the house.”

Leslie Verner encourages us to “… leap the first hurdle to Spirit-led hospitality: a concern for our own comfort, security, and safety.” For when we invite others in we are inviting Christ. 

She challenges readers not to hold out for ideal circumstances, but offer the invitation that frames the entire love story of the Bible. Often I make up my own excuses about the house not being clean enough, being too tired, too busy. Welcome does not have to be fancy or perfect.

I know I will be praying her call for us to notice the stranger, invite, welcome and lavish generously as Christ has for us. I’m thankful for this beautiful book that guides us to open our hearts and homes.

We all long so very much to be seen, understood, and asked into community.

Come over to Instagram to win a copy of Invited!

Leslie Verner writes about faith, justice, family, and cross-cultural issues. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural studies and lived in China for five years. She and her husband and three children live in Colorado. Connect with Leslie at her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.