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Growing Friendships: Connecting More Deeply With Those Who Matter Most - eBook
Bethany House Publishers / 2007 / ePub
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Using the analogy of a daisy chain crown (the kind you made and wore on your head when a little girl!), author Tracy Klehn helps women find and nurture their circle of friends. Being the relational women we are, God often uses other people to reveal himself to us. In Growing Friendships, you'll learn how to grow and develop friendships with other women. Each chapter concludes with several sections that help you to ponder and take action. They are: Ponder, Pray, Apply, and Letters from a Friend. Paperback.
Friends are like daisies, says Tracy Klehn in Growing Friendships. You nurture them, protect them, and love them, and they become something unmistakable, dainty, and beautiful. Your circle of friends is your daisy chain, and a daisy chain is a vital part of every womans life.
Throughout this book Klehn offers her views of and experiences with friendship, along with practical suggestions on how to make your daisy chain grow. To follow the model of a relational God, we must work hard to connect with people, she explains. And she exemplifies exactly what she means by this. Because friendships, like a flowerbed of daisies, take time and effort to cultivate, its important to be intentional while building them. Some of her suggestions include: making a conscious decision to just go out and play and spend time together; looking for new friends in unexpected places; encouraging friends in their gifts; supporting friends in hard times; and increasing honesty in relationships. She also offers tips on actions to avoid in friendships, and how to build God-focused friendships with people who will encourage you in doing things Gods way.
Klehn speaks both from her own experiences and those of her friends, and her advice is not applied just to friendship in general but is geared towards specifics. She recognizes that friendship is important and active in all seasons of life, and talks about friendship for women during their single and early career years, early motherhood, years of being a parent of school children, and empty-nesting, even addressing what to do when one of the daisies goes through a hard time or moves away. Her approach is honest and engaging. Each chapter contains practical suggestions on how to build friendships and apply the concepts explained, as well as words of wisdom from both the Scriptures (Proverbs 17:17: A friend loves at all times) and personal experiences and resources.
If youre a woman who wants to see the relationships in her life bud and blossom, Tracy Klehns Growing Friendships is a practical, useful tool to have on your bookshelf. -- Lyndi Markus, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"Most women know they will benefit from great connections of friendship in their lives--what they don't know is how to bring those connections about and sustain them. As a busy mom herself, Tracy Klehn is a great guide to help us grow and strengthen the friendships in our lives."
--Nicole Johnson, Author of Dramatic Encounters with God
"Girlfriends unite! Whether you are hoping to make new meaningful friendships in this hustle and bustle world we live in or deepen the friendships you've cherished all of your life, Growing Friendships is the book for you. Reading Tracy Klehn's book is like sitting down with an old friend and chatting over a Diet Coke and a Snickers. Her conversational tone is sprinkled with charming anecdotes and thought-provoking sections that will entertain you and challenge you to become a better friend. She is a wonderful writer and a wonderful friend. Get this book and pick up a couple for your gal pals. Its a must-read!"
"Tracy has written a friendship book like no other. When you read Growing Friendships, you will get so excited about the friends in your life and those future friendships God may bring along. Best of all, God's Word is woven like a beautiful tapestry connecting our heavenly Father and the women we call friends. It truly is a must-read for women and would be fabulous to use for womens Bible studies. Growing Friendships makes you glad to be a woman."
"In our fast-paced, crazy culture, God-given friendships are simply too precious to take lightly. In this special book, Tracy gives us practical steps inspired by Scripture which help us nurture and safeguard each treasured friend in our lives. Thank you, Tracy!"
"I read Growing Friendships and LOVED it! It made me want to be a better friend. Tracy is an engaging, warm, fun writer."
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