BeFriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear - eBook
- Media Type▼▲
- Author / Artist▼▲
- Top Rated▼▲
Have questions about eBooks? Check out our eBook FAQs.
* This product is available for purchase worldwide.
|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
We live in a world where real friendship is hard to find. Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, its easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences dont mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital friends, we really dont have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Tragically, even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation.
Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship. Scott Sauls, pastor and teacher, invites you to see the breadth of Christs love in this book, BeFriend. Join Scott on this journey through twenty-one meditations to inspire actively pursuing Gods love through expanding your circle of friends.
Scott has met too many people whose first impulse is to fence off their lives with relational barriers that only end up starving their own souls.
Yes, its true: Real friendship is costly. Love does make us vulnerable. But without risk, our lives will remain impoverished.
Join Scott in BeFriend as he summons you toward diverse friendship that can enrich your life and, in the process, reveal a better version of yourself.
of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Page 1 of 1
Don Helton5 Stars Out Of 5A Timely Book for Christians and Non-ChristiansMay 7, 2017Don HeltonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you are Christian who wonders if you want to be associated anymore with a Christianity that is so divisive, fearful, and/or angry, this book will show you that there are those, like Sauls, who an engaging difficult topics with understanding, intelligence, and grace. If you are Christian whose blood pressure and pulse often go through the roof as you try to discuss sensitive and cultural topics, this book will show you a better path - a path where you learn to listen to those with whom you disagree and then proceed with a Jesus-like mixture of clarity and kindness. If you are a person who has been hurt by Christians either personally or through what you've sensed in the media, this book might help heal some real wounds and give you a better understanding of the real Jesus.
TheJoyfulAdvocate3 Stars Out Of 5BefriendFebruary 13, 2017TheJoyfulAdvocateQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Sauls's focus in this book is to challenge us to live as we are truly called to live, as a friend to everyone. Sauls specifically addresses a variety of "people" that we should intentionally befriend, with the theme being those who are different from ourselves. As a person who values diversity and the great experiences (and knowledge) that comes from being friends in the real world (not online) with all kinds of people, I appreciated this book. However, I did find it a little challenging to get through. While I think the overall message is important and meaningful, something about breaking down groups of people we should "befriend" made me a little uncomfortable.
I would recommend this book to Christians who are intentionally trying to get to know others from all walks of life.
Rachel3 Stars Out Of 5hard readNovember 13, 2016RachelQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3One thing I enjoyed about this book was how each chapter ended with a recap that included the summary of the chapter, a scripture verse related to the chapter and questions to consider. The questions to consider would make it a great book for a small group. Perhaps getting others feedback would make some parts easier to understand. This book was hard to get into, some parts seemed a bit wordy. I skipped around and read different parts of the book that caught my attention. He breaks down many different aspects of who we can 'befriend.' I will be reading this book again in the near future to gain more perspective.
wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Take the risk of showing real friendshipSeptember 17, 2016wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4What might happen if we took seriously Christs command to love one another? What might happen if Christ followers sincerely tried to love the least and the lost? What are some practical ways that we can create real friendship with those on the fringes of society? These questions lie at the heart of pastor and author Scott Sauls latest offering, Befriend: Create belonging in an age of judgment, isolation.
Far too often, according to the author, we settle for less real versions of friendship. These might include digital friendships, transactional friendships, and one-dimensional friendships. Rather than settle for false versions of friendship, the author challenges us to pursue real friendshipthe multilayered kind that exposes us to the grit of our own and each others lives; the kinds that positions us to love across the lines of our differences; the kind that leads us to lay down our lives for each others sake.
As the author explains, the book is a collection of twenty essays. Each essay attempts to explore a unique picture of real friendship. Real friendship happens when we move toward the people we are most tempted to avoid. These are the people who are best equipped to challenge our perspectives, push our buttons, and require us to put on love. Included in his list of challenging people to love are prodigals and Pharisees, the ones you cant control, dysfunctional family members, the poor and empty-handed, bullies and perpetrators, vulnerable women and humans not yet born, and several others.
The book is well written and will challenge your thinking. The book is biblical and practical. It includes many real life stories and examples. I found it especially timely in light of the current debate over athletes who stand/kneel during the national anthem.
My impression is that the book appears to be written to those who are already following Christ. The only negative I found in the book is that it lacks a gospel presentation. In the chapter, Befriend the one in the mirror, he deals with the subject of shame and says that Christ has lifted our shame off of us, nailing it to the cross. However, he doesnt go further to explain how we can receive forgiveness for our shame and sin.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network http://tyndaleblognetwork.com/ book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
KBussIndiana4 Stars Out Of 5This book will challenge youSeptember 13, 2016KBussIndianaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Author Scott Sauls in his new book Befriend reminds us that as Christians we are called to move toward the people we might be most tempted to avoid in life. You know, the people who are best equipped to challenge our perspectives, push our buttons, and require us to put on love. So in essence, this book was created to challenge you to move beyond your comfort zone in order to reach new people with Jesus love. But if you are someone who refuses to move beyond your comfort zone, then dont pick up this book. It will be a waste of money and the message will be lost on you. But if you want to be challenged to be more Christ-like, this book will accommodate.
The book contains 20 short chapters on those people Sauls says you need to work to befriend, including:
Prodigals and Pharisees
Wrecked and the Restless
Shamed and Ashamed
Those Grieving and Dying
The Other Race
Strangers and Refugees
While I read this book alone, Sauls recommends the best option of using this book is in community with others in order to have deep conversation surrounding each chapter. Having read this in solitary, I agree with Sauls suggestion. The best way to use this book would be in a small discipleship group in order for you all to grow beyond your comfort zones together.
*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
Page 1 of 1
Ask a Question▼▲
Find Related Products▼▲
- Books, eBooks & Audio >> Academic >> Missions Evangelism & Apologetics >> Challenging Topics
- Books, eBooks & Audio >> Christian Living >> Spirituality >> Overcoming Spiritual Challenges
- Books, eBooks & Audio >> Personal Growth >> Relationships >> Other
- Books, eBooks & Audio >> eBooks >> Christian Living >> Spirituality >> Overcoming Spiritual Challenges
- Books, eBooks & Audio >> eBooks >> Missions Evangelism & Apologetics >> Challenging Topics
- Books, eBooks & Audio >> eBooks >> Personal Growth >> Relationships
- Download >> eBooks >> Academic >> Missions Evangelism & Apologetics >> Challenging Topics
- Download >> eBooks >> Christian Living >> Spirituality
- Download >> eBooks >> Personal Growth >> Relationships