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Just Open the Door

How One Invitation Can Change a Generation
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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For many of us women, inviting people into our lives and homes feels like inviting judgement of our entertaining skills and stress on our already maxed-out schedules. But what if you knew that opening your front door was a simple and radical way to change the world?

Jen Schmidt is determined to prove it to you. She has set out to reframe how we think about hospitality and to encourage us to walk a road of welcome in our everyday lives. She aims to shatter the image of model homes and model lives, replacing it with relatable, everyday invitations determined to get to know the people around us from more than just a polite distance. When we drop the idea of entertaining, and instead just open the door - just as we are - our guests get to experience the everyday Gospel, our kids grow up in a life lab of generosity, and we trade insecurity for connection.

Just Open the Door is for seasoned hosts, nervous newbies, and everyone in between. It is a personal yes-you-can invitation. Through Jen's hilarious fails, personal tales, and practical tips, you'll start to see your home as the most likely location for changing the world around you.

©2018 eChristian (P)2018 eChristian

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Great and inspiring book!

This book challenges you and gives you fresh new ideas for how hosting and having a welcoming home. I would definitely reccomend it!

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Touching the Lives of others by opening your door.

I absolutely loved this book. One of my gifts is hospitality and this book is filled with wonderful stories about how Just Opening your Door can change lives. My husband and I have opened our doors to youth groups, life groups, social events, family events and even a bedroom to people in need of a place to crash all in hopes that God will use our home and family to touch lives to come.

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Life changing!!

What an encouraging book for a generation! Love this book and am loving applying the principles!♥️

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So emotional!

I was excited to read/listen to this book but could never have guessed it would change me the way it did. I found myself crying at every other chapter, just feeling so convicted & encouraged. This book completely broke down my preconceived notions about what hospitality means & gave me a whole new mission for using my spiritual gift of hospitality to minister to others. I wish everyone could read this book & cant help but wonder what a better place this world would be if we all adopted Jen’s model of hospitality.

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just open the door

awsome book. very needed in this time of day. It had a great reader loved the voice

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Best book on hospitality I've read!

I absolutely loved this book. Not only did it challenge me to open up my home and take hospitality in many forms, but I love the encouragement to do so without the need for Martha Stuart details. I am not good at the details and in the past have used this as an excuse to shut my doors. Worth the read, and would love more!

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  • nyd
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  • 06-17-18

Opening Your Heart

This is such a powerful book. What joy comes when we submit our wills to Jesus, opening our hearts, minds, and homes for His kingdom work. I’ve been challenged to expand my thinking and commitment to open wider the door of my heart, mind, and home. Thanks Jen for your obedience to God’s call on your life.

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Great Insights

I loved this book! It changed my view on hospitality and made me excited to open my door and home to others.

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  • Laura Z
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Profound!

This book is amazing! It has really challenged me and the way I think about inviting others into our lives and home.

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Love!

I LOVED this book! It is so encouraging & inspiring! It made me both laugh and cry!