August 13, 2009

Giveaway: The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis

I would have liked this book much better if it were for one thing:

The word "Christian" was not on the back cover.

When I heard about this book, I wanted to read it because I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes a good friend. I'm very task-oriented person, so I struggle with making room for other people in my overly-planned life.

Yet while Sarah said some good things about friendship in The Friends We Keep, it was in no way biblically grounded. She used the Bible on occasion, just like she used pop culture and other sources (and don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with using other sources/examples). Do I expect a lot out of a book with the name "Christian" on it? You bet. That's why this book falls short.

But let's pretend for a moment that the C word wasn't there. Then, I'd say this was a pretty good book. It's an easy read, with plenty of references to movies and real-life friendship situations. Sarah points out some common problems with friendships that I think that we like to pretend don't exist until they come to a head.

So in the end, this isn't a bad book, just not the book that I expected/craved. I have since realized that what I need direction with is fellowship which isn't exclusive of friendship, but they aren't identical, either.

I have a copy of this book as well as a book from the 40-Minute Bible Study series by Kay Arthur to give away to one lucky reader (I'll even promise to refrain from taking a Sharpie to the cover!). To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until August 21st, 5 PM Eastern. US and Canada only, please.

More about the 40-Minute Bible Study: "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."

1 comment:

  1. I would so much love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
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