I am excited to share this book review with you: Messy Beautiful Friendship by Christine Hoover.
Friendship is one of God's greatest gifts.
We long for deep and lasting friendships, but they can be challenging to make-and keep. Our expectations of ourselves and our friends can often leave us feeling insecure and isolated. With engaging true stories and guidance drawn from Scripture, Christine Hoover offers a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows you:
-what's holding you back from developing satisfying friendships
-how to make and deepen friendships
-how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts
-how to embrace the people God has already placed in your life as potential friends
-how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship
Not only does Messy Beautiful Friendship have a beautiful cover with "messy" words painted on a blue watercolor background, it also contains a beautiful message of how to be a godly friend. There were 5 parts, each part containing a few chapters.
Part 1: A New Vision for Friendship
Part 2: Threats to Friendship
Part 3: Discovering and Deepening Friendship
Part 4: Being a Friend
Part 5: Receiving Friendship
Christine Hoover shared many personal stories about her friendships, as well as her own advice and wisdom from the Bible. This is the first book I've read on friendships; I learned a lot from reading it, and found it to be truly inspiring. There is so much to be learned about what having a strong Christian friendship means; but just like any other relationship, friendships take work on both ends. Instead of saying, "what can my friend do for me," ask yourself this question: "what can I do for my friend?" I think Christine did a wonderful job of covering every aspect of a friendship.
Friendships are a wonderful gift. We live in a messed up world, though, and friendships can be messy. But when you work through the mess, difficulties, and struggles, your friendship will be stronger than it was. And it can be beautiful.
I give this book 6 stars because I have never seen a book that explains how and encourages you to deepen your friendships. I highly recommend it to young ladies and women who want to better their existing friendships (even if it be mother-daughter and sister relationships) and those who want to make new Christian friendships.
**I was given a free copy of this book from BakerBooks and all thoughts are my own.**
To purchase the book, click here.
To visit Christine Hoover's blog, click here.