About the Author

Sandy Coughlin is a wife & mom to three active teenagers, & author of The Reluctant Entertainer (Bethany House 2010). Based upon her inspiring blog, the book helps restore the lost art of hospitality and in the process helps women break free from isolation and into connection and deeper relationships...

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  1. “How dangerous it is to hold up the intimate knowledge of our imperfections against the outside packaging of others.” What a powerful quote–I know I do this frequently, but this puts into perspective how ludicrous it is!! Thanks 🙂

  2. I loved this post! I see myself getting caught up in having to have things look “just so” much of the time. What a great reminder that it’s not about me.

  3. Absolutely! It is sooo easy for me to do that. I am just who God made me, I don’t compare myself to others.

    If I were to have people over they would get everyday dishes (no fine china here), with just plain country cooking. To me the holiday is about GOD & what HE did for us – that includes Christmas!!

  4. This was such a blessing. Thank you for this. That we may bring HIM into focus, and forget the rest. Just fixing our eyes on hid glory…

  5. Beautiful written. It’s is so easy to get caught up in the frills of the season and forget the REASON for the season. Amen.

  6. Do I think that being authentic and putting aside “image” is attainable this Easter? Yes, our Easter celabrations have always been about Christ….we go to Church together in the morning and then a “beautiful family dinner” spilled gravy and all.
    Thanks for a beautiful post.

  7. It’s so hard not to do this. We would all be much happier if we put the packaging aside, pulled out the hospitality, dressed the table with love and dished out a heaping serving of faith.

  8. We love this special time of the year. It almost feels like a new year is here! We keep things simple too, very much like my mom did. It is mosrly a family time for us and one of telling stories of Holy Week and some times we attend extra observances too. Have a blessed Easter morning!