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

Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring 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 Grows Increasingly Technological, Isolated, And Lonely, Those Who Take Their Caregiving Gifts Seriously Can Fill A Tremendous Void In Real Love For Real Life, Caregivers Of All Kinds Can Find The Help And Hope They Need To Fulfill Their Calling Through Personal Illustrations, Timely Research, And Thoughtful Quotations, Andi Ashworth Addresses The Practicalities, Philosophies, Challenges, And Joys Of Providing Care In The Relationships Of Home And Community Leading Readers To A Greater Understanding Of The Value And The Validity Of Their Call To Be Caregivers With The Encouraging Hope And Creative Insights They Ll Find In These Pages, They Can Serve Others In Effective, Fulfilling Ways In The Name Of God

Andi Ashworth and her husband, Charlie Peacock, are the co founders and executive directors of Art House America, a non profit organization committed to the encouragement of imagination and creativity for the common good Andi holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, contributes regularly to the Art House America blog, and is intensely engaged in the care and nurture of people and place dail

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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring
  • Andi Ashworth
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 9780877880486

10 thoughts on “Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 read.But 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 quoted, 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 question Who is my neighbor and substitutes the only question really relevant here To whom will I be a neighbor And he knows that we can only answer this question case by case as we go through our days Ashworth addresses the question 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. 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 welcome.Ashworth 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 well.Real 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. says:

    Own I would probably give this 3.5 stars if I could.I 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, quench 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 book.I will say though, that I felt inspired at times as I read, to be intentional in feeding, quenching, 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. says:

    I d had this book on my shelf for quite 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. says:

    The BEST book on hospitality in all of its forms that I ve ever read Beautiful examples of how the body of Christ can care for and love God s people.

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