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Everyday Hospitality: Simple Steps to Cultivating a Welcoming Heart [Paperback]

By Thea Jarvis (Author)
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: Everyday Hospitality highlights hospitality as a Christian virtue, revealing its deep ties to our spiritual lives and our connection to others as members of the human family. Catholic journalist Thea Jarvis uses folksy, humorous, and heartfelt charm to bring spiritual and religious depth to this common element of everyday life. Weaving together anecdotes and examples of hospitality--taken from scripture, her own life, and the lives of other high-profile figures such as Mother Teresa--Jarvis illuminates how critical the Christian virtue of hospitality has always been and will continue to be. From donating spare clothes to the needy or welcoming a stranger, Everyday Hospitality is filled with such stories of common kindness, demonstrating the joy and ease with which anyone can embrace the Christian virtue of hospitality.

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Both engaging and charming, Everyday Hospitality brings spiritual and religious depth to the practice of hospitality. Weaving together anecdotes and examples of hospitality--taken from scripture, her own life, and the lives of other high-profile figures--author Thea Jarvis illuminates the critical need for hospitality as a Christian virtue.

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Studio: Ave Maria Press
Pages   126
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.96" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.31 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Ave Maria Press
ISBN  1594710708  
ISBN13  9781594710704  

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Thea Jarvis currently resides in the state of Georgia.

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Disappointed  Jul 3, 2007
I was immediately disappointed in this book when I unwrapped it because of its small size and flimsy cover. It has an appealing picture on the cover, but I don't think it fulfilled its promise of "simple steps to cultivating a welcoming heart". Thea Jarvis talks about her dead grandmother's website, her famous decorater cousin, Chris Madden,Fr. Mychal Judge who died in the 911 attack, but I'm not really sure what they have to teach me about hospitality. I sensed I was reading a long, long, long article in a women's magazine that had been padded out to fill a word count.

So far my favorite book on hospitality is The Rule of Benedict for Beginners.

An Accessible Virtue  Apr 27, 2007
Thea Jarvis is a mom, grandmother, and professional writer known widely for her family life column carried by more than a dozen diocesan newspapers. In her latest book, Jarvis addresses hospitality through scriptural references and stories and quotations from the likes of Henri Nouwen, Mother Teresa, and Fred ("Mr.") Rogers. At the same time, she shares an impressive array of examples of hospitality practiced by her family and friends over the years.

The book is organized in four story-filled chapters: a definition of hospitality, common everyday practices, growing in hospitality, and hospitality as part of the Catholic tradition. In "growing in hospitality," Jarvis lays out a plan with real-life examples for each of its five steps: (1) cultivate a hospitable heart, (2) emulate hospitality in others, (3) embrace the hospitable moment, (4) enjoy solitude, (5) seek the grace of hospitality. Each chapter closes with a short summarizing reflection, as, "Hospitality is an accessible virtue, meant to be studied and practiced in the school of real people and everyday events."

These elements and the straightforward style make Every Day Hospitality an ideal resource for individuals, families, and small groups.

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