My book review for this month is The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis.
Sorry this one is not a give away but stay tuned because there will be a give away next month!
When given the title & summary of this book, I was immediately interested in this book. I have always been intrigued by friendship among women & have a found such comfort in my girlfriends. We are all human though & will ultimately be let down by even what could be described as the best of friends.
Sarah did a great job exploring the need for female friendships, why we crave that relationship, & how we can foster that bond. She also investigated why friendships occasionally turn competitive, those that may be co-dependent, what might make a friendship dissolve as well as other sensitive subjects that we may have encountered in many of our own relationships.
She opens up & shares many personal stories that most likely led her to devote an entire book to these subjects. My only even slight criticism was that there were a couple of sections in the book that she referenced many other sources, writers, books & movies. I am sure this was to build on her point or support her own findings but a couple of times, but it led me to think "Wait! I want to know more what you think or I was enjoying your view on this particular subject."
She is a great writer & the book left me wanting to read some of her other books.
Sorry this isn't the longest review ever but if you are like me & find relationships very interesting particularly those among women, be sure you check out The Friends We Keep!
The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores the questions every woman asks about friendship and more with personal stories, cultural references and history, faith, and grace. In the process, she delivers wisdom for navigating the challenges, mysteries, and delights of friendship: why we need friendships with other women, what it means to be safe in relationship, and how to embrace what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous.
Check out Random House's website to get your copy
Random House also asked that we post info about Kay Arthur's40 minute Bible Studies.
Although I have not yet started this study, I am looking forward to it. There are many topics & this is a study that does not contain homework.
The 40 Minute Bible Study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can use personally or for small-group discussion. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. There are 16 titles in the series, with topics ranging from fasting and forgiveness to prayer and worship. With no homework required, everyone in the group can work through the lesson together at the same time. Let these respected Bible teachers lead you in a study that will transform your thinking—and your life.