Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Friends We Keep

Making friends has always been difficult for me. I even struggle now with rejection and so I don't try. I tell myself that's okay, because I have my husband and my kiddos and most importantly, my God! But I do know that I still have a longing to be liked and when in a room full of women, I often feel like the shy wallflower I remember being in junior high.

During a particularly painful time in her life, Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful–and wounding–women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.

The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. Her revealing discoveries tackle the questions every woman asks:

• Why do we long so for women friends?
• Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?
• What causes cattiness, competition, and co-dependency in too many friendships?
• Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?
• How do I foster friendship?
• When is it time to let a friend go, and how do I do so?

With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores these questions 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.

Sarah Zacharias Davis is a senior advancement officer at Pepperdine University, having joined the university after working as vice president of marketing and development for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and in strategic marketing for CNN. The daughter of best-selling writer Ravi Zacharias, Davis is the author of the critically-acclaimed Confessions from an Honest Wife and Transparent: Getting Honest About Who We are and Who We Want to Be. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in education and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Learn more or buy it here.


Mammatalk said...

What a great book. And, you would be doing some nice lady a favor if you came out of your shell a bit. Don't hide your friendship light under a bushel,little lady! :+)

Christian Mommy Writer said...

This sounds like a good read. As a military wife, I had to come out of my shy shell, or either be in misery with no friends! :-)

Dixiemom7 said...

Sounds amazing. I struggle with the same issues. I was military brat and agonized over making friends each time we moved. I still do. It can be so hard to put yourself out there!