Book Review of
Just Open the Door
For many of us, inviting people into our lives and homes feels more like inviting judgment on our entertaining skills and stress on our already maxed-out schedules. But what if you knew that opening your front door had the power to radically change the world? To make an impact and leave a legacy with everyday invitations?
Jen Schmidt has set out to reframe how we think about hospitality and to equip us to walk a road of welcome in our daily lives. Jen knows that every time we choose open-door living—whether in our homes or by taking hospitality on the road just like Jesus—those we invite in get to experience the lived-out Gospel, our kids grow up in a life-lab of generosity, and we trade insecurity for connection.
Just Open the Door is a personal yes-you-can guide to offering the life-changing gift of invitation. Whether you’re a seasoned host looking for renewed inspiration or a nervous newbie not sure where to begin, these personal stories, practical ideas, and poignant insights will give you the confidence you need to see your home as the most likely location for changing the world around you, one open door at a time.
I have known Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam since the early days of blogging. She is one of the first online bloggers that I got to know in real life. When I heard she was writing a book I couldn’t wait to see the finished product. I knew the book would share her heart and love of hospitality.
A few weeks ago I received a free copy of her new book, Just Open the Door, to review and I started it right away. I finished it the other day. I find it hard to put into words how much I enjoyed this book.
Several times I was in tears reading Just Open the Door. My mom has opened the door to so many people over the years. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if people hadn’t opened their doors to me when I was a teenager.
Hospitality can change a life. Small acts of kindness often make a huge difference. I plan to do a full review of this book, but for now I can say that I highly recommend it. (And I am not just saying that because I received a free copy of the book. The message in this book is one that needs shared.)