For a memoir whose impact on you will become evident on the very first page, look no further than Come, Stay, Celebrate! by Judith Galblum Pex of the Shelter Hostel in Eilat, Israel.
With seamless historical context, current events as guiding points along the chronological continuum, unexpected humor, and endearing honesty, Pex relates her own upbringing and background as a Jew and a continual traveler, from one country and continent to another, meeting hundreds and hundreds of new people and gleaning from every encounter. In her travels, she met her now-husband John.
Their immigration to Israel in the 1970s and their simple, easygoing, nomadic lifestyle set in motion the groundwork for what would become the foundation of their chosen current way of living: as the facilitators of a Christ-centered hostel open to people from every nation, age group, and demographic.
The story of the Pex family, from its beginnings through John and Judith's conversion to Christianity, to the trials they faced as they struggled to find God's direction for their passion, is one that will capture your heart and remind you that --- in a world whose tendency is to over-complicate everything --- sometimes all you need is a smile and an honest invitation to touch someone's life and leave that person different.
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Author: Judith Galblum Pex
Title: Come, Stay, Celebrate!: The Story of the Shelter Hostel in Eilat, Israel
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.