Hospitality - Ways to Practice - Books

Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

— Romans 12:13

Making Room: Recovering Hospitality As a Christian Tradition
Christine D. Pohl (Eerdmans, 1999).
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A Christian View of Hospitality: Expecting Surprises
Michele Hershberger (Herald Press, 1999).

Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed
Philip Hallie (Harper & Row, 1985).

The Company of Strangers
Parker Palmer (Crossroad, 1981).

Reaching Out
Henri Nouwen (Doubleday, 1975).

The Long Loneliness: the Autobiography of Dorothy Day
Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and its houses of hospitality
(HarperSanFrancisco, 1997)

Weapons of the Spirit
The moving story of a mountain community in Nazi-occupied France in which 5,000 Jews were taken in and sheltered by 5,000 Christians. Pierre Sauvage - the film's writer, producer, and director - was born in this unique Christian oasis, Le Chambon, at a time when much of his family was being tortured and murdered in the Nazi death camps. It was only at the age of 18 that he learned that he and his family were Jewish and survivors of the Holocaust. (1989)

Babette's Feast
Set in a small, remote, austere Danish seaside town in the mid-19th century. Two devout daughters of a Lutheran minister devote their lives to continuing the work of their father in caring for their needy townspeople. Years before, one of the daughters had spurned the advances of a visiting military officer to remain in the village. The other daughter had turned down a promising opera career - and the love of her French voice coach (a famous opera singer himself) - to remain with her father. Many years later the French singer sends a political refugee (Babette) to live with the sisters. Babette turns out to be a gourmet cook, and the story culminates in a scandalous, sumptuous feast prepared by Babette to commemorate the late pastor's 100th birthday. A wonderful parable of Christian hospitality! (1987, Danish with subtitles)

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