How then can something so good for us, be so utterly complicated? While they are healthy female friendships are also deeply complex, often involving issues like control and jealousy.
Inspired by the highs and lows of a backpacking trip across Europe with foul gal pals, Marian Jordan's, The Girlfriend's Guidebook; Navigating Female Friendships charts a winning pathway through, "jealously, competition, control, anger, manipulation, and resentment -- just to name a few less than cuddly aspects of our personalities."
"When it comes to friendships, women often revisit feelings of insecurity and jealousy they haven't felt since the growing pains of high school." says Jordan. "We have thoughts such as 'What am I supposed to do when my friend is giving me the silent treatment and I don't know why' and 'How am I supposed to react when it feels like middle school school, and I'm the girl no picked to sit at the lunch table?'"
Informed by her faith, Jordan encourages deeper friendships built on Christ-like honesty and love, emphasizing the development of such qualities as loyalty, trustworthiness, compassion, and forgiveness. Jordan also makes it clear that The Girlfriend Guidebook should be read first with one's self in mind, recognizing that when we are freed from our own emotional baggage we will really be able to enjoy the journey! - PR by the book, Elaine Krackau
Whoa. Is any of that resonating with you this morning? Friendships can be so hard sometimes, can't they? How do we, as Christian women, deal with the obstacles that can come from female relationships? Can we embrace the hardships they sometimes bring as an opportunity to grow more into the likeness of Christ? I know the answer is yes. In the power of the Holy Spirit, the answer is yes.
The Girlfriends Guidebook: Navigating Female Friendships, complete with small group discussion questions, is a wonderful resource to have on hand. The deeper we grow in our walks with the Lord, the deeper we move into community with the body of Christ. Let us all equip ourselves well in this area. SO TODAY!! Let's have a GIVEAWAY!!
If you would like to enter to win this book here is what we'll do...
Since it is November, the month of giving thanks, let us be thankful for our friendships. Take a second to intentionally thank the Lord for the special friendships in your life. Your comment can be as simple as "I am thankful for Betty, Sue and Ethel. - Becky C."
I look forward to rejoicing with you! This giveaway will end Tuesday night at 9pm! The winner to be announced on Wednesday morning.
Speaking of friends...share this giveaway with one of yours! Also, be sure your name is with your comment. Blogger doesn't always tell me who you are. Thanks!!
I AM THANKFUL FOR YOU!