Strangers at My door: A Review

strangersatmydoor Inviting people you don’t know into your home, with seedy pasts, probably doesn’t sound like a good idea. For Jonathan and his wife Leah, it’s fantastic. What better way to learn why others make tragic mistakes. Their inspiration came from an overseas experience when they were in Iraq in 2003.They almost lost their lives when their truck hit some shrapnel in the road. However, some residents took them to a town called Rutba for medical assistance.
Interesting how we sometimes judge others just by appearance or by their past. Jonathan and Leah move to small town in North Carolina, called Walltown. The name says a lot, how there’s an invisible division between people who don’t understand one another. The author and his wife decide to open their home to anyone in need. Of course they do sit down with the referring group to ask questions in order to know who they are inviting over. Many of the individuals do have criminal records, some are homeless. You find out why, some through no fault of their own, and others because crime seemed to be the only way to make a living.
The so-called “strangers” become part of the family, celebrating the good and mourning the bad. Jonathan and Leah reach out to their community by feeding them, clothing them, giving shelter. They also try to help them become independent. Yes there are few who relapse and never return to clean living, in spite of the best efforts. Jonathan understands their reason and doesn’t condemn them. His heart breaks but he doesn’t give up on the ones who are at the house. Something about a verse, where Jesus says, he was a stranger but he was welcomed inside. In a way, we are strangers to each other, because we haven’t given ourselves a chance to introduce our true selves. It could happen.
I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review from Waterbrook Press/Convergent Books.
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