Last week I wrote a post about how to be a true friend, an intentional friend, and a friend who celebrates relationships. I am passionate about cultivating authentic and enduring friendships, so when Donna Carter told me about her book Friend Me – Turning Faces into Lasting Friendships, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I have been blessed with some wonderful, intimate friendships, but I have also experienced the pain of broken relationships. I wondered if Donna would address some of the questions that so many women have asked me over the years:
How can I form strong friendships?
How do I deal with unhealthy relationships?
How can I repair a friendship that has been broken?
Friend Me does not disappoint! Donna doesn’t shy away from sharing some of the most painful experiences of her life in order to help readers see how God wants us to develop rich and lasting friendships. Her teaching is practical and Biblical. I find myself laughing out loud, or maybe I should say laughing loudly at Donna’s transparent stories, and more than once I could see myself on the pages of this book – and it wasn’t always pretty!
Some of my favorite quotes from the book are….
“Sometimes, being a good friend is as simple as making yourself available…being available means being willing to be inconvenienced.”
“In the company of a beloved friend, a smile becomes a celebration.”
“The goal of a confrontation is not to win a battle; it is to win back a friend.”
“Expectation demands, while expectancy delights. Expectancy enables you to swallow your disappointments and find the good in the situation.”
When reading the chapter on “How to Build a Friendship” I found some invaluable insight about how to help my 11 year-old daughter with her friendships. I read part of the chapter to Emily, and she immediately began to open up and share her thoughts and feelings.
Whether you are rich in friendships or find yourself lonely for that one true friend, this book is for you. It is both fun and informative; you won’t want to miss it!
The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume. (Proverbs 27:9 NLT)
What have been your greatest challenges in finding lasting friendships?