Reach Out, Gather In

40 Days to Opening Your Heart and Home

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Do you long for a life of purpose and adventure? It's simple.
Open your heart. Open your home.

So, you'd love to use your home to connect with others. However, you fear you don't have the time or the ability. What if you could discover the secret to having both?

In Reach Out, Gather In, bestselling author Karen Ehman leads you on a 40-day journey that will enable you to put your good intentions into action. This book--part devotional, part practical handbook--will equip you with the tools and ideas for feeding both the bodies and the souls of those whom God has placed in your path.
On this guided journey, Karen will share:

· The biblical "why" for practicing hospitality
· Creative and practical ideas to encourage family, friends, co-workers, and strangers
· Tips and tricks for getting your house guest-ready in a snap
· Fabulous no-fail recipes, clutter-busting strategies, and clever traditions
· Real-life stories and biblical examples that will inspire you to love others well

Reach Out, Gather In includes space for you to journal your own 40-day experience of opening your heart and home to others, discovering a life of purpose and adventure along the way.

Karen Ehman
is a New York Times bestselling author 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 has authored fifteen books, including Keep It Shut and Settle My Soul. You can connect with Karen at, where she helps women live their priorities and love their lives.


"Karen Ehman's books are always delightfully full--helpful, useful, playful, meaningful. Every chapter is brimming with personal experiences, practical tips, and deliciously simple recipes. Reach Out, Gather In is an ideal source of encouragement for those of us who might not have the spiritual gift of hospitality but really want to make others welcome. Friends, this is the book we've been waiting for."

Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of The Girl's Still Got It

"Karen is masterful at inspiring us to open our homes for heartfelt hospitality as well as beautifully showing us how to do this simply and with a generous heart. This book is soul-filling and heartwarming."

Sally Clarkson, host of the At Home With Sally podcast, author of Desperate, Own Your Life, and Awaking Wonder

"As someone who's intimidated by hospitality, I need a guide, someone inspirational as well as practical. Karen Ehman will give you the confidence and courage you need to open your door and your heart in ways you've longed to but never knew how--until now."

Holley Gerth, bestselling author of You're Already Amazing and life coach

"We all want to make a difference in others' lives, but so often we miss the opportunity right in front of us. Reach Out, Gather In is a compelling invitation to engage with the people who are a part of our every day and watch how God can use our simple acts of kindness to change a life! The best part? Karen Ehman has lived this way of life for years, and now she is showing us how we can too."

Ruth Schwenk, cohost of the Rootlike Faith podcast, author of The Better Mom Devotional, and co-author of In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake

"Karen's voice on hospitality is the mentorship women need. Spiritually rich and readily applicable, Reach Out, Gather In is a call to be the evangelist our communities need, simply by opening the door. From our heart attitudes to the practical habits of stocking a guest room, Karen will change your view of hospitality for good."

Phylicia Masonheimer, national bestselling author

"Karen Ehman shares her gift of hospitality in this practical yet encouraging book. Reach Out, Gather In is a step-by-step guide for those of us who want to create space where others feel welcomed and loved. Whether in your heart or in your home, this book will motivate you to discover your gifts and share them with others."

Alli Worthington, author of Standing Strong: A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Adversity and Living with Confidence, speaker, and business coach

"Karen mentors us in these pages. She beautifully connects heart and home, practical life and vision. She entertained me, motivated me, and held my hand with her words as I read."

Sara E. Hagerty, bestselling author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Unseen, and Adore

"I would read anything Karen Ehman writes. I love her writing that much. Karen is the spiritual big sister we all need from time to time, and this devotional is some of her best wisdom. I also absolutely love the depth through the Greek and Hebrew word study throughout the devotional. This is a must-have!"

Nicki Koziarz, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 speaker

"Karen invites us into the beauty and simplicity of 'soul sharing.' I say simplicity because we tend to overcomplicate hospitality, but Karen's unique and creative approach in Reach Out, Gather In, makes it feel not only doable but enjoyable. And oh, let me tell you, the recipes are delectable!" 

Jeannie Cunnion, author of Mom Set Free

"Karen's warmth and love leaps off of the pages of this book, as she inspires you to reach out and gather others into your home. This book will equip you to take action, as she gives biblical and practical ways to show the love of God to others. Her recipes are an added bonus! They are golden."

Courtney Joseph, author and blogger at

The Author

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    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. Connect with her at...

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"In this welcoming . . . biblical hospitality guide, Proverbs 31 Ministries writer and speaker Ehman urges readers to open their hearts and homes to others. . . . Ehman stresses the importance of discovering, embracing, and using God-given gifts and acts of service to communicate love to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. . . . There's plenty of simple and worthwhile advice to be found here."

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