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Soul Friends: What Every Woman Needs to Grow in Her Faith

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Are you missing out on one of the most transforming means to a deeper and more vibrant faith? In Soul Friends, Dr. Leslie Parrott explores the intimate stages of a woman's spiritual journey while showing you how soul friendships can deepen and enlarge your faith.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0310273307
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Are you missing out on one of the most transforming means to a deeper and more vibrant faith? In Soul Friends, Dr. Leslie Parrott explores the intimate stages of a woman's spiritual journey while showing you how soul friendships can deepen and enlarge your faith.

God brings us soul-friends to help in our spiritual journey, sometimes in predictable places:  small groups, friendships, and mentors. But they’re sometimes found in places we don’t expect—these “hidden guides” are people, past or present, whose role in our life may even be hidden from them, but nevertheless, have a deep impact on our growth and vitality. Whether it’s a hidden guide, a member of a small group, or a friend we’ve had for years, these soul-friends all hold the potential to embody grace that enables us to take a next step in the unfolding journey of our faith.

Leslie reveals how every woman traverses four stages of spiritual growth—quest, calling, crisis, and communion – again and again.  And whatever stage you find yourself traveling right now, you need soul friends to help you move forward

When we seize the initiative to connect, together we will form a part of the deep communion that is the sisterhood of the traveling saints, journeying together in our desire to know God, serve him, and love him more deeply. Through story, poem, and reflection, Leslie Parrott reminds each of us of the incredibly intimate, intricate, faith-forming work God does in us through the gift of the women he places in our lives.

Author Bio

Dr. Leslie Parrott is a marriage and family therapist and co-director with her husband, Dr. Les Parrott, of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. She is the author of First Drop of Rain and God Made You Nose to Toes, and co-author with her husband of several bestselling books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Leslie is a columnist for Today's Christian Woman and has been featured on Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, and The View, and in USA Today and the New York Times. Leslie lives in Seattle with her husband and their two sons. www.LesandLeslie.com

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  1. pa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    June 19, 2015
    lorealle
    pa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book had four main parts: quest, crisis, calling and communion. There were two questions at the end of each of the 34 devotionals to help the reader tie things together and reflect on what they just read. The chapters are very shortHUGE bonus for this reader as longer chapters totally loose me in non-fiction books.

    Leslies personal stories, Bible references, and quotes and stories from Christian women throughout history all worked together to convey her message. Her choice of The Message version of the Bible was perfect because of the poetic nature of the book. Her frequent references to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends added an extra touch of fun.

    This book was provided to me free of charge by Book Look in return for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    SOUL FRIENDS
    May 12, 2015
    Sheila Kearns
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I HAD BOUGHT THIS FOR A FRIEND AND I ENDED UP DOING SOME READING IN IT MYSELF... IT IS DEFINITLY JUST WHAT WILL HELP MY FRIEND LET GO OF THE PAST... FOR GOD'S FUTURE WILL ALWAYS HAVE VALLEYS AND MOUNTAINS, CONVICTIONS AND TURNAROUNDS... BUT ISN'T THAT WHAT WE REALLY NEED.. TO GROW TO WANT IT...
  3. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Soul Friends: A Book Review
    May 1, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We live the questions, holding one anothers feet to the fire.

    We raise our kids and pray for each other on those Im a Rotten Mom Days.

    They know us at our worst, and they love us anyway!

    They are our Soul Friends: What Every Woman Needs to Grow in Her Faith.

    Dr. Leslie Parrot writes that these deep-spirited relationships are the essential element to the formation of her faith, but Soul Friends is no formulaic manual for finding or being a better friend. Dr. Parrott invites her readers to turn the pages and feel the warmth of a spiritual journey, lived alongside sisters-in-faith who believingly follow Jesus. Sharing the faith journey where you are right now is a process of living, obeying, loving and believing right there, in the context and with the people God has provided. This spiritual journey in company with ones soul friends is marked by four major landmarks:

    1. Quest: This is a recognition of ones own adventure and involves finding the treasure of Gods will and, in the process, becoming a treasure for those we know and love.

    2. Calling: Gods action plan for the traveler requires humility, for we are ever in the process of being stretched as we depend on God and the sustenance of our soul friends along the way.

    3. Crisis: We travel an unknown road and find grace to meet the challenges. Dr. Parrotts account reads like excerpts from a spiritual journal as she walks beside those who battle cancer, mourn the loss of a child, absorb the news of unexpected pregnancy, or manage the decline of a beloved parent.

    4. Communion: The command to love one another is the essence and the destination of our spiritual journey. Travelling with soul friends, the expedition transcends the ordinary, yielding fruit that remains, (John 15).

    Rich in supporting Scripture and following a framework of wise quotations ranging from Winnie the Pooh to Henri Nouwen; Harriet Beecher Stowe and Leslies own lyrical poetry, Soul Friends is realistic:

    No matter how deep the synchronicity of souls, there will always be gaps. True love wakes up every morning and recognizes the need to stretch stiff muscles that may even be sore from the work of loving the day before.

    It is inspirational:

    . . . a simple life freely given in love can transcend the boundaries of place and time, stretching across oceans and extending beyond continents and decades.

    Questions for consideration at the end of each vignette probe and push on the point asking, How would this aspect of godliness look in your real life? Each essay serves as a picture in Leslies album, compelling her readers to look around and ask, Whom can I invite to share this adventure?

    We benefit from Leslies travels (South Africa, Maui, Italy!), her role models (missionary Gladys Aylward, Jean-Pierre de Cassade, Amy Carmichael), and her mile stones (a family move to downtown Seattle; mentoring a band of delightfully flawed females). Her quirky perspective and lively faith invite us all into the ministry of presence, which makes the presence of God visible in this world.

    This book was provided by Zondervan through the Book Look Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Inspirational Invitation
    March 17, 2015
    Janet
    Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "You have been invited into deep-spirited, soul-altering friendship, into a communion with the sisterhood of traveling saints walking the Jesus journey all around you. Leslie Parrott

    This beautiful sentence from the benediction of her new book, Soul Friends, is the purpose of the book: to invite its readers into this friendship, this communion with the sisterhood of saints. After reading it, I feel as if Ive been to church again this week. I feel inspired to go forth and get to know some of my sisters much better (aptly timed since Im moving again this year and need that little bit of extra inspiration to boldly join another new community). This book has encouraged me!

    In its pages Leslie explores four phases of our life journey, phases well grow through repeatedly. In fact, we may even be in more than one at a time. Yet her collections of essays in each of these four sections of the book help readers recognize and understand each phase. They also show how friends and family members influence each other, consciously or sub-consciously, through each phase. Were connected, and God uses those connections, when we let Him, to draw us all closer to Him.

    Leslies personal stories, Bible references, and quotes and stories from Christian women throughout history all worked together to convey her message. Her choice of The Message version of the Bible was perfect because of the poetic nature of the book. Her frequent references to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends added an extra touch of fun.

    I recommend this book to women of any age who want to grow closer to God while building stronger relationships. This is one Ill read again soon!

    I thank Zondervan for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book on friendship and faith
    March 17, 2015
    stgibson19
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In my latest book review for Harper Collins, I chose the book Soul Friends. Im always interested in books on friendship, and this one proved to be a great choice.

    genuine intimacy. The deepest desire of every human heartBecause we have emptied ourselves of our need to change the other person, they now feel free in our presence to offer their very best self to us pg 40

    Reflecting on the book:

    In Soul Friends, Dr. Leslie Parrott discusses how our closest friendships are able to deepen and expand our faith. Pulling from her own friendships and life stories, she leads us through four stages, Quest, Calling, Crisis, and Communion in order to recognize the way God works in and through our lives.

    Who doesnt want to be someones whole sky? The rarest and best gift we have to give others is the extravagant focus of our full attention. The kind of attention that is takes not just to glance anothers way but to stop and stay long enough to identify the constellations that are visible in the darkness of our souls pg 78

    Verdict

    I found this book to be a very refreshing reminder of how important our friendships are to us. Theyre not just someone we rely on for companionship, but they also give us a glimpse of Christs love for us, and how much that love enriches our lives. Dr. Parrott does a great job going through the landmarks she describes as our spiritual journey. Divided into the sections Quest, Calling, Crisis, and Communion, this book reads as though you are sitting with a close friend talking over the things of the heart. I highly enjoyed it and look forward to passing it on to my best friend.
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