A Life That Says Welcome

Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others

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Great hospitality isn't about gourmet food or gorgeous décor (what a relief!) 

When it comes to hospitality it doesn't matter what size your house is, how it's decorated, whether or not it's spotless, or what you cook or don't cook. The secret to making guests feel comfortable is more about the condition of your heart than the condition of your home.

A Life That Says Welcome helps you make others feel refreshed, rather than impressed, in your presence. It's packed with inspiring tips on how to

You'll be encouraged to not only open your home but to open your life as an avenue for God's love everywhere you go.


"Karen Ehman's book A Life That Says Welcome is full of practical wisdom and ideas that can make your life more enjoyable and your home a more loving place to be. She believes in opening her heart, and her book shows us many ways we can learn to do the same--not only to strangers (fairly easy), but also to family and friends (usually a bit more difficult). The arts of hospitality and of keeping a home are benefits you'll gain from her book. I heartily recommend it."--Jeff Campbell, author of Speed Cleaning, Clutter Control and Spring Cleaning

"From recipes to centerpieces to creative cleaning, Karen shows you how to have "fun" as a family while learning to care for others."--Susan Alexander Yates, author of And Then I Had Teenagers

"This book should be read by everyone who wants to sprinkle more joy in their life and home. Though I am no Betty Crocker, I feel inspired to grab my spatula and whip up some homemade hospitality for family and friends alike. Thank you Karen for giving us this inspirational book that should be on every woman's bookshelf!"--Lysa TerKeurst, author, speaker, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"Karen's book offers a good background in hospitality and today's form of entertaining as well as excellent ideas on how to put theory into practice."--Emilie Barnes, suthor, speaker, Founder of More Hours in My Day

"Karen has provided us with yet another gem! With her usual warm candor, she has opened her life to us, showing all of us how to easily apply hospitality in our every day lives. Everyone will be better for reading this book."--Jonni McCoy, Miserly Moms

"Reading a book by Karen Ehman is like sitting down and sharing a cup of tea with a girlfriend. She's honest, practical, and always has a great sense of humor. If you've struggled to know how to extend hospitality in the midst of raising a family, Karen's practical strategies will help you open your heart and your home to whoever God sends your way!"--Jill Savage, mother of 5, Executive Director of Hearts at Home

"Wouldn't it be fun to have Martha Stewart, Betty Crocker, and Shirley Dobson as your next-door-neighbors? Well, okay, maybe not. How about something even better--your very own 'mentor in a book!' Karen Ehman is all of those wonderful influences without the intimidation. If you've ever longed for someone to demonstrate what it means to truly make your house a home, then your (and my) prayers have been answered."--Lisa Whelchel, bestselling author of Creative Correction, The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me and Taking Care of the 'Me' in Mommy

The Author

  1. Karen Ehman

    Karen Ehman

    Karen Ehman is a New York Times bestselling author and Bible teacher with Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a writer for Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that reaches more than four million women daily. She and her husband live in...

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