This lovely book is like a conference in book form. The chapters are short but poignant, and each are written by sweet women who bear their hearts and souls with their words. I laughed, I cried, I highlighted – what more could I possibly ask for. This isn’t my regular non-fiction, self-help book. It’s remarkably different both in style and in content. This is a book that makes you feel in the deepest places within yourself. As I read through the stories contained in this book (which are as varied as the women who wrote them), I found myself thinking of my own stories of friendship and looking forward to many more stories of my own in the future.
If there’s one major thing I took from the book, it’s the desire to be more intentional about creating and nurturing relationships. This compilation of friendship stories made me appreciate the few friendships I have, and long for other life-giving relationships with the women around me.
There are nine categories represented in this book and each has 5-7 stories that put their respective category into real-life situations. Building Community, Hospitality, Vulnerability and Friendship on Purpose are some of the topics covered in this compilation-style book. Stories of joy, heartache, fear, forgiveness, hurt and so much more are represented in these pages. Multiple ages and stages are also represented.
I was surprised at how many practical, bullet-point style tips are present within this publication. I highlighted more than I thought I would, for sure. I related to some of the writers more than others, but all of the stories were well-written, thoughtful and enjoyable to read. This would be a good nightstand book to read a few chapters each morning or each evening as you are getting ready for sleep. It would also make an especially great gift for a friend!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Baker Books Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.