Friendship can be complicated, cant it? In "The Friends We Keep, A Womans Quest for the Soul of Friendship," Sarah Zacharias Davis, explores some of the joys and difficulties of friendship. We love our friends and we need our friends, so why then do we get jealous or resentful of them? Broken friendships can often be more painful than even the breakups weve had with boyfriends. Some friendships are broken off suddenly, while others wilt away over time until theres nothing left. These are just some of the topics Davis explores as she attempts to navigate the often murky waters of friendship between women. I did have some difficulty in reading this book, not because it isnt good it is, but because it caused me to reflect on friendships Ive had and still have. But Im glad I read it, and Im sure other women will also give thought to, and freshly appreciate their current friendships, and let go of those that have ended. There is a discussion guide included at the conclusion of the book.
The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis is a fascinating look at the friendships women carry with them throughout their lives and a glimpse into why they are so important. Davis' book is a warm-hearted and enjoyable read that delves into questions about exactly what creates and maintains a friendship. Why are some friends with us for life and others only for a season? What purpose does friendship serve? She uses movies, books, and anthropology to explain what friendship looks like and how it changes from childhood to adulthood. The book is filled with poignant and beautiful stories about friendship and how it changes us. It's a book to enjoy and then share with your best friend!
In her book, The Friends We Keep, Sarah Zacharias Davis expresses the complex nature of female friendships. This book is an inside look at the varying degrees of friendship and how they all blend together to shape us into the women weve become.Sarah Zacharias Davis references books, plays and movies that capture the depths of friendship. Using many great examples, she writes about the ups and downs that all relationships face. She confront the necessity of betrayal and the conflicts that pull a friendship together and make it stronger than it was. Sarah covers the stages and phases of friendship that travel the length of our lives through awkward self-discover to the forming of who we are and what we will become. Its the truly special friendship that ride the waves with us.Readers will learn about soul friendships defined as . . .full disclosure, confession, sharing deep wounds and slow healing . . .This section is, to me, the most poignant and beautiful description of love.The Friends We Keep discusses all forms of friendship from seasonal friendship, soul friendship, unplanned friendship and distanced friendship. Friendship is lined up against fictional references, movie references and biblical imagery.The Friends We Keep is beautifully written. Even the cover is beautiful.This book would make a wonderful gift for a friend. It contains a detailed discussion guide at the back of the book that leads readers to dig even deeper into the ideas and nature of friendship.
What are we asking from our friends? This is a question this author pursues deeply in her book The Friends We Keep. Do we want them to fill the void, that is truly only filled by God? Do we want them to accept all of our little idiosyncrasies? Unconditional love is a huge part of friendship, yet too often we find that our friends and even we ourselves cannot love unconditionally. Sarah Zacharias Davis, takes a look at friendship, and deeply probes into the whys, whats, and who's of friendships. Why do hurt the ones we love? Why do we use sarcasm to cover our hurts, instead of facing them head on? Why do we gossip about our dearest friends? All of these questions are addressed in this book. Who is our soul friend? Our true friends? Why doesn't certain friendships last? How do we intervene for friends in situations that can destroy them? So many questions she addresses and answers. Explore, and learn how to make and keep friends. The research on this book is incredible and vast, she quotes many authors, movies, and songs using their words to help convey her thoughts. A well written book. Definitely a book to share with friends.A discussion guide at the end, makes the book a marvelous book club or study group book.