Special Bonus Chapter



This decade is off to a rough start. So far, the 2020’s are marked by a deadly global pandemic, distressing racial tensions, divisive partisan politics, and white-knuckle economic uncertainty.

When I’m stressed—and who isn’t these days?—loving my neighbor is a command I admit I want to ignore. But just when we think we might get a little break, we realize this is exactly when we are needed most. 

This free download is a bonus chapter to How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, updated with all new tips and tools to love your neighbor “in these uncertain times”. 


The Coronavirus Quiz is included as part of the discussion questions in the free bonus chapter for How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird: Updated for 2021 – or take the interactive, online version now. It will hel you evaluate where you might need prayer and practical assistance, and how to love your neighbor whose experience may be vastly different than yours.

Use it to reflect on how the pandemic has affected you in the areas of personal loss, health and wellness, community, economic impact, vocation, and mental health. I’ve included suggestions for interpreting your score, as well tips for using the Quiz to start a conversation or build empathy and gain understanding of others.

Your score is displayed as you answer each question. No data is shared, your responses are kept private, and no personal information is required.

Neighborhood News

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

"Via Dolorosa" means "Way of Suffering" and it's a remembrance of Jesus' route to the cross. I've expanded this reflection for my own personal use by combining the Gospel accounts from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John into one continuous reading. Reminiscent of the...

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How to Love Your Neighbor Who Struggles With Depression

How to Love Your Neighbor Who Struggles With Depression

Guest post by Jess Leigh Hanna When I applied for The Book Proposal Bootcamp, I was looking for a book proposal. An added bonus I also received was an incredible support group of talented, passionate, articulate, hilarious, encouraging women who instantly became...

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How to H.E.L.P. Your Neighbor Achieve Racial Unity

How to H.E.L.P. Your Neighbor Achieve Racial Unity

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go.” Isaiah 6:8-9My sweet friend Tiffany Edwards has been placed in an unexpected mission field that's a world apart... and also...

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The Neighborhood Cafe is a time to get to know your neighbors over coffee at your kitchen table, the best place for starting new friendships and deepening old ones.

You can do this.

I knocked on my neighbor’s doors, and lived to tell about it. You can, too! Contact me so we can share a cup of coffee over the phone and pray about God’s plan for your neighborhood.

Who is your neighbor?

When we first moved into our neighborhood, most of the neighbors—us included—slid into our attached garages and partied behind our privacy fences. We didn’t have a neighborhood park where the kids played together, or a corner grocery store where we ran into neighbors in the produce aisle.

What we did have was a kitchen table.

We decided to invite our neighbors to gather ‘round it and see what happened! Knocking on our neighbors’ doors, we invited them to an Open House. We hung out in the front yard instead of the back. We wrote down our neighbors’ names and learned their stories. Naturally and gradually, we became friends with these folks who had been strangers.

Loving your neighbor is a lifestyle, not a checklist. It isn’t always convenient, but it’s always rewarding. We had no idea our neighborhood would become home base for an international ministry called The Neighborhood Café helping people share coffee, conversation and Christ with their neighbors in their homes. We didn’t know our experiences would be recorded in a book entitled How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird. But most importantly, we had no clue about the joy we’d find in loving the people God had placed around our home.

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