Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Reluctant Entertainer Review

Book: The Reluctant Entertainer
Author: Sandy Coughlin
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0750-1
Genre: Women, self help

I recently read The Reluctant Entertainer and was very impressed.  First impression: it was very well presented. The book has sections in which Sandy talks about her experiences with entertaining and how we need to change our mindset towards hospitality. It is broken up with recipes at the bottom and full of practical tips along the way. If you struggle with being reserved or afraid to entertain, this book will set you free.

What I loved about this book: No pressure! In fact, Sandy states that "One of the main reasons we remain reluctant and isolated is that we have bought in to the thinking that perfection is required in order to be hospitable" (pp.1). I loved the way it was presented, how it was broken up with recipes. And I LOVED how it was full of practical, useable ideas to make entertaining a more "entertaining" idea :)

What I didn't like about this book: There is very little in this category. If I could come up with any criticism I suppose it would be that most of the recipes are a little complicated for me. In a way, this is nice because it means that you will be able to create that perfect, unique masterpiece for your guests. But on the other hand, if entertaining is already a challenge for you, trying to create something complicated will only add more stress to the situation. I believe that it is possible to just throw together a chicken and rice casserole and make your guests feel like the king of the castle.

Who this book is good for: This book is good for ANY woman! Especially good for a wedding gift or new mom. Anyone who is new to the world of entertaining and really any woman who has been doing it for years. We don't ask people over because we are afraid of judgement, however we miss out on so many friendships and blessings along the way. If you struggle with insecurity in the area of entertaining or just want to check out some great recipes, than get this book: you won't be disappointed.

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**I received a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House

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