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Thursday, August 13, 2009

"The Friends We Keep..A Woman's Quest for the Soul of Friendship" by Sarah Zacharias Davis

When I first got the invitation to do this book tour blog..I hesitated. It's a book about friendships and women. I've had various friendships in my 49 yrs..male and female.
My female friendships are honestly a challenge many times. I've had very close friends such as my friend from high school, friends for a season such as friends in college, friends from church, and coworkers. Each friendship is very different and I think this book does an excellent job in describing the different friendships and their impact on the author's journey of life. I have stuggled with the friendships that went sour. She describes many of the same situations I have dealt with. Women, unfortunately, tend to have jealousy and competition issues. This has been my experience with my "friendships gone bad" and I don't have much tolerance for the mind games these women play. I think even these types of friendships teach us lessons.
My favorite chapter dealt with friends who are "light and mirrors. Many times we don't like certain characteristics in friends because it mirrors our own weaknesses. That's not an easy thing to recognize but in reading this chapter I realized she is right.
I would definitely recommend this book if you want better insight in how to relate to other women and develop strong friendships.

Author Bios:
Sarah Zacharias Davis is a senior advancement officer at Pepperdine University, having joined the university after working as vice president of marketing and development for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and in strategic marketing for CNN. The daughter of best-selling writer Ravi Zacharias, Davis is the author of the critically-acclaimed Confessions from an Honest Wife and Transparent: Getting Honest About Who We are and Who We Want to Be. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in education and lives in Los Angeles, California.

As part of this book blog I received a sample of a 6 wk bible study.It looks like a great tool to use with the women in my house church.

Summary for 40 Minute Bible Studies
The 40 Minute Bible Study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can use personally or for small-group discussion. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. There are 16 titles in the series, with topics ranging from fasting and forgiveness to prayer and worship. With no homework required, everyone in the group can work through the lesson together at the same time. Let these respected Bible teachers lead you in a study that will transform your thinking—and your life.

Titles Include:
•The Essentials of Effective Prayer •Being a Disciple: Counting the Cost
•Building a Marriage That Really Works •Discovering What the Future Holds
•Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past •Having a Real Relationship with God
•How Do You Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk? •Living a Life of Real Worship
•How to Make Choices You Won’t Regret •Living Victoriously in Difficult Times
•Money & Possessions: The Quest for Contentment •Rising to the Call of Leadership
•How Do You Know God’s Your Father? •Key Principles of Biblical Fasting
•A Man’s Strategy for Conquering Temptation •What Does the Bible Say About Sex?

To purchase either one of these books you can go here


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