The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian WorldAbout The Gospel Comes with a House KeyThe word hospitality often invokes a scene of a gracious, impeccably fashioned host welcoming guests into a beautifully appointed home prepared with perfectly-presented meals. However, when the Bible calls Christians to be hospitable, it's calling them to much more. In this book, Rosaria Butterfield invite...

Details The Gospel Comes with a House Key

TitleThe Gospel Comes with a House Key
Release DateApr 30th, 2018
PublisherCrossway Books
GenreChristian, Christian Living, Religion, Christianity, Theology, Faith, Nonfiction

Reviews The Gospel Comes with a House Key

  • Jessi
    This is a hard review to write. First, in college I was welcomed by the author into the very type of hospitality she describes in this book. I know that she practices what she preaches, and practices it very well. I was an unchurched Christian and she brought me, and many other college students, to church followed by lunch in her modest apartment with delicious and modest meals. The wisdom, love, and conversation she shared at these lunches were ...
  • Margaret Bronson
    I've been dying to read this book since before it was even released; the Gospel and hospitality? two of my favorite subjects? written by one of my favorite authors? I couldn't wait.Now that I've read it I think I'm mostly disappointed. While there were lots of good things about this book, for me it fell flat. But, let me start with the good stuff:Pros:- Her story about meeting her teenage son in a group home for the first time ripped my heart out...
  • NinaB
    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via #netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have been looking forward to reading this book; first, because the author is one I’ve admired from afar ever since I read her first book, Confessions of an Unlikely Convert; second, because hospitality is a ministry dear to my heart. I had high expectations for this book; and sadly, it slightly disappoints. Perhaps I’m being nit picky an...
  • Bambi Moore
    4 1/2 stars. This book is thought-stirring and a deeply challenging call on hospitality to the stranger and outcast. She calls us to love our LGBT neighbors with hospitality and hope of the gospel, not fearing or despising them. This book was hard for me to put down. I will read it again someday.The type of hospitality that Mrs. Butterfield holds out before us is indeed radical. She gives many, many examples of this in her own life. So many in fa...
  • Jillian Vincent
    Rosaria has a very unique perspective that makes this book so rich, smart, and gospel centric. She doesn’t mince words and she sticks to the Bible as her rubric for hospitality. I walked away thinking that I had actually sat in her home and experienced the radical hospitality she writes about, and it is not extravagant, but rather ordinary and still so beautiful. It unites people that were once strangers and gives priority to an open door. I lo...
  • Wes Smith
    Amazing book about hospitality. Rosaria gives a vision of what biblical hospitality looks like in real world and its importance in our post-Christian culture. The book is full of biblical truths and personal stories of how Rosaria and her family have lived out hospitality. Throughout the book she gives helpful practical advice to what hospitality can look like as far as meal planning, budgeting, and scheduling.A few helpful thoughts about hospita...
  • Laura
    When we first moved into our house, only one of our neighbors introduced himself. Gordy wandered over one afternoon and launched into a long, meandering story about how he had cemented a friendship with Alois, the former owner of our house. Every evening the two men would come out to work in their gardens and wind up sharing a beer while hiding behind our shed, careful to avoid the gaze of Gordy’s wife. Later, after Gordy’s wife left him, Alo...
  • Nicole
    Christians are called to be “given to hospitality.” In college and the years before marriage, hospitality was always fun and easy... My roommates along the way and I always had people in our house. We had a lot of energy and plenty of time. Now as a mom of two little boys and with a husband getting his PhD, this has become much more difficult to live out. I was recently talking with my friend on this subject and she challenged me in this area...
  • Kristin O.
    I enjoyed a lot about this book, but I can’t give this five stars. I’m troubled by her criticisms of Wesley Hill that I read in this book and also heard from her mouth in person during a conference where she spoke about this book. I also find her use of the term “biblical patriarchy” super confusing. Strictly speaking, much of “biblical patriarchy” includes polygamy, so she needs to explain what her idea of “biblical patriarchy” i...
  • Kim
    God did a big work in my heart regarding hospitality last year during Hurricane Harvey. We found ourselves, for one night and one day, in terrifying and desperate need of rescue and hospitality, and God used church friends and generous college-student strangers to provide that for us. He used that circumstance and humbling to prepare me to be eager to share my home with friends and strangers during the remainder of the storm. If I hadn’t needed...
  • Matthew Mitchell
    In The Gospel Comes With a House Key Rosaria Butterfield beckons the Church to practice what she calls, “radically ordinary hospitality,” and she and her husband Kent lead the way.The potency of Butterfield’s book comes from her storytelling. She obviously subscribes to the maxim, “Show, don’t tell,” and does a masterful job at it. Her true life stories of biblical hospitality brim with the raw grace and beautiful mess that is the gos...
  • Justin Heck
    This is probably one of the best books I've ever read. Rosaria's story is compelling, and her writing has been used to open my eyes to what Scripture says about Christian hospitality. I recommend this book to anyone, Christian or not.
  • Blake
    An absolutely excellent book, by Rosaria Butterfield. I've never met Rosaria, but through her writings, I almost feel like we are neighbors. If you've read her book, "The Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert," you've read her amazing testimony of how Christ saved her from a life of radical feminism and the lesbian lifestyle, using the hospitality of a pastor and his wife, while Rosaria taught at Syracuse University. Even in the pages of the fir...
  • Andy Huette
    Butterfield's story of "radical ordinary hospitality" gives voice to a missing component in the contemporary church. Radical ordinary hospitality is ordinary in the sense that it's not complex or fancy, only the ordinary obedient call of followers of Jesus. It's radical because living like the Butterfield's is a path of life that is so generous, open, warm, accepting, and sacrificial that it looks strange in the sight of the world. Butterfield sh...
  • Sarah Wolfe
    Every Christian should read this book.
  • Joan Buell
    Many of us may not be called to the level of hospitality that Rosaria sets forth here...but don't let that discourage you from reading this book to the end. Hospitality is not all or nothing. Christians are called to have open hearts and open homes, as was written a while ago by Karen Mains...another seminal book on hospitality. It is not entertaining, or displaying our homes and our talents it is a mindset and a way of life. This book has really...
  • Kendal
    Read this. It’s the title and much more. Don’t be intimidated by the directness. Instead let it challenge your thinking then figure out how God has uniquely called you to hospitality.
  • Robin
    Another thought provoking book from Rosaria. This book like her other two hits home is a whole new way! Living life with a bent towards ordinary radical hospitality is naturally going to look different at my house than at the Butterfield's. This is not a "how to" rather a commitment to let the scripture speak on the subject of hospitality by showing us examples of the messiness and beauty of it from Rosaria and her family's life. The real questio...
  • Ivan
    A deeply challenging and moving book. A call to what Rosaria calls “radically ordinary hospitality.”
  • Kirk
    Do I “…see strangers as neighbors and neighbors as family of God“?Do I “…recoil at reducing a person to a category or a label“?Do I “…see God’s image reflected in the eyes of every human being on earth“?Do I know that I am “…like meth addicts and sex-trade workers…,” …taking my “…own sin seriously – including the sin of selfishness and pride“?Once I’m done asking myself these jack-hammer questions, I can mo...
  • Bill Pence
    This book, one of the best I have read this year, by a respected author and speaker, is about hospitality, a subject that I am not very good with, but have a sincere desire to grow in. The author tells us that offering radically ordinary hospitality is an everyday thing at her home. As she describes what that looks like, she tells interesting, and at times heart-breaking, stories that illustrate her points, including stories about Hank, her neigh...
  • Susan Kendrick
    Rosaria shares stories of how her family opens their homes to neighbors and friends while making a case for the Biblical mandate to practice hospitality. So much goodness in this book. She doesn’t include a how to start guide, I think largely because it will look different for each individual. But she does share how her family makes it a part of their lives and she also touches on some excuses generally given and how to overcome them. What if t...
  • Sarah
    Officially one of THE best books I've read, ever. If you are a committed Christian that truly wants to begin to know God intimately and serve Him biblically - this is a must. I am actually having my children all read it as well as my husband and will be suggesting it as required reading for deacons/elders and really any leaders in the church. Mrs. Butterfield hits the nail on the head so well, making it clear that community is NOT optional when i...
  • David Steele
    “Imagine a world where the power of the gospel to change lives is our to behold.” This is the soul-stirring, gospel-focussed message that Rosaria Butterfield proclaims in her most recent book, The Gospel Comes With a House Key.The author aims to inspire readers to follow her example of radical hospitality that reaches out to family, neighbors, and complete strangers. The book is packed with personal examples of how this kind of Bible-saturate...
  • Samuel James
    Rosaria Butterfield is one of the most powerful Christian writers working today. Her manifesto for "radical, ordinary hospitality" is saturated with rich, practical theology and a mature conscientiousness toward culture. My wife and I have both been challenged by this book to make our home more open for others and let go of the fear that keeps us from serving them with our house and life. One of the books that will stay with you this year.
  • Richard
    This book is so fantastic. I believe and hope this becomes a Christian classic. Rosaria brings us into the joys and agonies of her experience sharing Christian love and hospitality, and it severely challenges you to join the narrative of God’s work in hospitality. It’s the kind of discomfort that brings comfort; the challenge of growing pains that hurt so good. I have since decided to open up my house and do what God says - to maybe even ente...
  • Bekah Nussbaum
    Loved this book. Rosario intertwines personal stories and examples with deep truths and scripture to show what authentic Christian hospitality can and should look like. Her writing is centered on the gospel and challenges readers to open our homes/show hospitality outside of our homes to foster authentic community and show Jesus to others.
  • Jacob
    Another marvelous and convicting book from Rosaria. Hospitality is a dire need for our day where discourse on any topic under the sun can be potentially divisive. This positive and insightful treatise on hospitality is passionate and invigorating. The countless stories and examples help to pull the curtain back on the how-to of hospitality. I walk away convicted and ready to apply the challenge.
  • Annie
    Great if you are within the narrow patriarchy-promoting, psalter-only singing, homeschooling vein of the church. Otherwise, extract the few gems (kindness to all neighbors and honoring how people want to be called for one), and be released from the burden of the rest.