Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring ePUB

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  1. Cindy Rollins Cindy Rollins says:

    When I first started this highly recommended book on caregiving and hospitality if felt like it was just going to restate the obvious But as I read it ministered to me in subtle ways and helped me in my own changing season of life I have gone from full time homemaker to part time bread winner while also finding myself caring for my own parents This book helped me think through my priorities I had felt guilty knowing we needed the money turning down an extra teaching job which would have left my last child home alone several times a week This book reminded me that I had made a good and right decision

  2. AddyF AddyF says:

    This was a comforting and grounding book reminding me of the importance and value of my life's call to care for others It was also important for me to have affirmation that there is a time to rest a time to set limits and a time to focus my care giving on the small circle of my immediate family

  3. Jenni Simmons Jenni Simmons says:

    As you know Andi I loved your book It is very well written and full of wisdom that I believe God is teaching me to live out I refer to your book often thank you

  4. Aimee Kollmansberger Aimee Kollmansberger says:

    I really loved this book and wish I had found it 10 years ago Andi is so honest inspiring No heady idealism here This will renew your love and vision to care for your people well recognize seasons of caregiving and “permission” to take care of yourself and know your limits Excellent

  5. Andrea Andrea says:

    Loved this book It gave words to what I've always felt intuitively that the work and commitment of living a life of caring is worthwhile and is something Extremely validating to me as a mother who chooses to devote her energies and time to caring for my family and my community It is definitely becoming a lost art This is a true classic

  6. Kelley Kelley says:

    Busyness is an addiction for me sometimes It makes me feel needed and valuable – but it also can make me feel overwhelmed and unappreciated For me Ashworth’s book offered hope on two fronts grace to work through the necessarily busy times and wisdom to know which busyness I’m supposed to take on and which I’m not I had a hard time getting into this book I read another like it a month ago and loved it The two women make similar points but have very different styles I think maybe I just had a hard time switching between the two I felt like I had things I needed to do not fewer as I read the first half of this book I told a friend who also read both that I felt exhaustion not relief as I readBut just after that conversation I somehow turned a corner Maybe it was my friend telling me she preferred this book of the two Maybe Ashworth just finally got to the part I really needed In any case the last half resonated deeply I loved this passage she uoted in a chapter about figuring out who we are supposed to be caring for “In God’s order nothing can substitute for loving people We make a neighbor of someone by caring for him or her So we don’t define a class of people who will be our neighbors and then select only them as the objects of our love Jesus deftly rejects the uestion ‘Who is my neighbor?’ and substitutes the only uestion really relevant here ‘To whom will I be a neighbor?’ And he knows that we can only answer this uestion case by case as we go through our days”Ashworth addresses the uestion of being overwhelmed by helping us recognize seasons of life – probably an overused phrase but overused because it’s so true “We can never be all things to all people at all times” she writes “but we can be intentional about caring for the relationships that surround us in the present People will come and go from our lives and our caregiving responsibilities will shift with the years Our own needs and our ability to meet the needs of others will changes but our ultimate calling to care remains”While Ashworth is careful not to discount caring by praying – saying in fact that it’s a key way to care in some seasons of life there’s that phrase again – she emphasizes the importance of active love“I’ve seen again and again the importance of presence of caring for the body and the physical environment and of telling God’s truths in combination with observable concrete acts of care Our human need is the same from birth through death We long to experience embodied love We yearn to be loved in tangible ways”Ultimately this is what I’ll walk away with from this book A call to love with my whole self the people in my life at that moment My family first and then my neighbors in that rich broad definition Ashworth gave

  7. Kristen Kristen says:

    Andi Ashworth’s Real Love for Real Life is an excellent treatment of the Christian call to hospitality Subtitled “the Art and Work of Caring” the book is of particular encouragement to those who are serving as caregivers on a full time basis In a world that pushes efficiency speed and uniformity Ashworth fights for the personal touch for giving others our time and energy Through her wonderful anecdotes she helps readers to understand the importance giving of ourselves to create beauty and to make others welcomeAshworth helps readers to navigate the path of hospitality not entertainment and of true caring and not martyrdom She doesn’t sugar coat caring or pretend that each day will be wonderful and feel fulfilling She is also careful not to overwhelm readers and spends time explaining that giving care does not mean always saying yes or seeing yourself as the only one capable of caring She emphasizes the importance of making room in our busy lives to care for others wellReal Love for Real Life was a call for me to glorify God in the details not to impress people but to show them that I love them It was a reminder that even if I don’t always feel validated or encouraged for what I do as a full time caregiver I’m valuable and my work is of tremendous importance I’d recommend this to any Christian woman single or married stay at home or working It will be a tremendous encouragement to you

  8. ladydusk ladydusk says:

    Own I would probably give this 35 stars if I couldI liked the book But I'm not sure who its audience is I thought she was making the case for caregiving being a calling greater than that of the general Christian calling and at times I saw that as so At other times it seemed that anyone Christian or no could practice caregiving as she describes it I'm not sure she made her case that it is a Christian vocation beyond the call all Christians have to feed uench thirst visit etc So because I'm not sure whether I was her intended audience here or indeed who is the audience I have some feelings of ambivalence about the bookI will say though that I felt inspired at times as I read to be intentional in feeding uenching visiting etc To be a part of my neighborhood To be a vital member rather than a hanger on Mrs Ashworth's stories are generally interesting and help pull the reader through the book as real life examples help show the viability of this art and work of caring

  9. Amy Amy says:

    I'd had this book on my shelf for uite awhile and I'm glad I finally took time to read it I'm in an extended season of caring for others and Ashworth's ideas and perspective encouraged me It's a blessing to learn from someone who's made it farther down the road and can offer wisdom especially with her authentic tone

  10. Carol Phelps Carol Phelps says:

    As the caretaker of a seven year old son with spina bifida and now an elderly aunt with dementia I have found this book than indispensable Andi Ashworth's insights into the full spectrum of caregiving are as enlightening and encouraging as I could have imagined She illustrates so many little ways that the term caregiver can be applied to one's life beyond parenting and caring for the elderly A spirit of Godly hospitality love and kindness is essential and Andi brilliantly articulates that spirit in this book

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Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring [Reading] ➱ Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring ➹ Andi Ashworth – Because we are made in the image of a creatively caring God we reflect his love and concern when we respond to the distinct calling to care for families neighbors friends and communities As society gr for Real Kindle Ð Because we are made in the image of a creatively caring God we reflect his love and concern when we respond Real Love PDF \ to the distinct calling to care for families neighbors friends and communities As society grows increasingly technological isolated and lonely those who Love for Real Epub Ü take their caregiving gifts seriously can fill Love for Real Life: The MOBI :↠ a tremendous void In Real Love for Real Life caregivers of all kinds can find Love for Real Life: The MOBI :↠ the help and hope they need to fulfill their calling Through personal illustrations timely research and thoughtful uotations Andi Ashworth addresses the practicalities philosophies challenges and joys of providing care in the relationships of home and communityâleading readers to a greater understanding of the value and the validity of their call to be caregivers With the encouraging hope and creative insights theyâll find in these pages they can serve others in effective fulfilling waysâin the name of God.