Personality tests have become an enticing staple in popular culture. We’re lured to gain insight about ourselves—to catch a glimpse of how the world sees us. They identify areas that can be further developed or even strengths that have gone undiscovered or undervalued. It’s a wonderful thing to grasp a deeper understanding of our inner selves and how we function; and it can be so self-satisfying to pinpoint defining attributes—to attach a name or descriptor that we can call out when we are inclined to feel or behave a certain way. While there is much good that can result from these introspective assessments, they do have their limitations. One of the most significant being that the primary output revolves solely around self. Not anymore. Professional writer and organizer, Morgan Tyree, turns personality assessment on its head with a new output: how our personality can bless others—centering on our hearts and the way God sees us as instruments of His love.
In her brand new book (RELEASING TODAY!) “Your Hospitality Personality,” Morgan welcomes you as a sweet mentor with an invitation into discovery, intended to help you find more blessing and less stressing. No matter your personality type, you’ll be immediately assured that we are all wired and equipped for hospitality. Maybe you’re like many women who simply don’t see themselves as a ‘host’ and so, avoid meaningful opportunities to connect with others in that way. Morgan opens up about her own hospitality wins and fails and gently urges readers to accept those difficulties as she has: “By embracing my strengths and weaknesses I’ve been able to welcome the vulnerability that comes with hosting and also more seamlessly steer through the inevitable challenges that accompany it.” She nails individual tendencies perfectly and walks you through the ins and outs of making those work in a way that will extend love—worrying less about hosting like someone else and focusing more on stepping into hosting like YOU.
There is no empty talk in this book! Each page brims with practical advice, spiritual wisdom and application, helpful assessments and quizzes, and engaging personal stories. Rather than send you on a journey with sterile test results and a lot of wondering, Morgan graciously walks side-by-side with you to the very end, helping you see and embrace the whole picture of personality in the context of hospitality. You’ll learn the whys and hows of hosting, in ways you may have never considered; you’ll identify your own hospitality personality and dive deep into your habits, hurdles, and hangups. Finally, you’ll gain the hospitality help to open your heart, set aside your fears, and connect with confidence.
One of my favorite uncoverings was how Morgan continually challenged my natural and standard view of what hospitality looks and acts like. Sure, it can mean that big family backyard BBQ or an in-home Bible study, but it is more about developing a way of life from the heart than anything you ‘do.’ When examining planning vs. spontaneous hosting, Morgan writes, “Spontaneous hospitality with strangers may look like holding the door open, looking someone in the eyes, offering a kind smile, putting something back where it belongs, showing interest, or asking questions. In the Tyree house we often say, ‘It’s better to be interested than interesting.’ It shows you care.” She wisely reveals how “…being aware and attentive is hospitality.”
I also appreciated how generously Morgan spotlights our natural bents and abilities and whispers inspiration for each, rather than exalting one as better for hospitality than another. She shares beautiful (and funny!) real-life examples of how she and her husband David have learned to work together to love on others, even from opposite ends of introversion and extroversion.
Morgan flawlessly transforms self-assessment into an others-focused adventure that can be embraced by all. I devoured this read like a rich engaging conversation with a dear friend, and walked away newly confident and inspired to prioritize the charge of 1 Peter 4:9-11, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”
Whether or not you would label yourself a hostess with the mostess,’ if, as Peter wrote, you’ve received God’s grace in any form (which none of us have been excluded from), I would encourage you to use this beautiful tool as a guide to becoming a faithful steward, offering hospitality to all, that God may be glorified in and through us. Order your copy of “Your Hospitality Personality” by Morgan Tyree today! You won’t want to miss this treasure!
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