Friday, August 14, 2009
The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis
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.
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In reading this book, I have found so much truth and honesty about the friendships of women. I believe these are some of the MOST difficult relationships in life!! I know I struggle in this area and have ever since I was a little girl. So, in this way of connecting I really enjoyed Davis' book.
On the other hand, I felt there was too much of quoting from other sources. If I wanted to see what those people had to say, I would read their books. Now, I realize that it's good to have some quotes to back up what is being said, but I just felt like there was too much. It bogged the book down for me and made it more difficult to read.
I do think that this is a great book to read for any woman... especially one that struggles in her female friendships.