Saturday, April 15, 2017

Messy Beautiful Friendship

From the Publisher (Baker Books)

We long for deep and lasting friendships, but they can be challenging to make--and keep. Our expectations of ourselves and our friends can often leave us feeling insecure and isolated. With engaging true stories and guidance drawn from Scripture, Christine Hoover offers a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows you:

- what's holding you back from developing satisfying friendships
- how to make and deepen friendships 
- how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts
- how to embrace the people God has already placed in your life as potential friends
- how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship

Christine Hoover has done an amazing job helping women develop, maintain, and renew broken relationships.  What really jumped out to me was how she related friendships to a fire.  A fire can be cozy, warm and comforting; or it can burn and hurt us.

How many of us have been in a hurtful friendship?  How many of us are shy introverts who are just afraid to take that first step?

In this book, Christine covers all that and more.  The book is well written, easy to follow and really makes you think.

In the back of the book are some questions that would make this book excellent for a women's group study.  Also, there  are some lessons on friendship and some Bible verses on friendship.

I really enjoyed this book, it was easy to get into, the only thing I would change is the font size.  It was just a little too small for my eyes (with bifocals and readers) to read.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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