Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I have moved a few times since High School and with all the moves has come finding new friends while trying to keep in touch with old friends. I am horrible at keeping in touch and the busyness of life gets in the way of developing deep relationships.
I could not wait to read the book The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis.
Throughout this journey of life that I am on I have learned the hard way that I need friends. Life is hard and friends help us get through those hard times.
In this book she focuses on all the questions that we have about friendship. Why do we long for women friends? Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?
We all have stories of friendships. Some that we have had since we were on the playground in elementary school and some that we have developed through our kids' friendships. Our stories of friendships are filled with heartache and joy. Sarah Zacharias Davis tells her own stories and shares stories from other women.
In her book she states, "Friendship in its truest, purest form is love." She talks about gossip, jealousy, sacrifice, and forgiveness in friendships.
One of my favorite parts of the book is her explanation of the words Jesus uses for love. Here is her explanation of friendship love.
"Friendship love speaks of knowledge of the object of our love. It speaks of community, partnership, commitment, service, trust. Friendship love speaks of listening, honesty, forgiveness, giving the benefit of the doubt, and sacrifice. It is standing and declaring publicly, "This is my friend." When Jesus acted on philia [friendship] love, he laid down his life for his friends. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13
The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis
WaterBrook Press - July 21, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7439-6/210 pages/softcover/$12.99