Friday, August 14, 2009

The Friends We Keep - Review and Giveaway Contest

by Sarah Zacharias Davis
Waterbrook Press, 2009

During a particularly painful time in her life, Davis learned how delightful–and wounding–women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.

The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. Her revealing discoveries tackle the questions every woman asks:

• Why do we long so for women friends?

• Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?

• What causes cattiness, competition, and co-dependency in too many friendships?

• Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?

• How do I foster friendship?

• When is it time to let a friend go, and how do I do so?

With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores these questions and more with personal stories, cultural references and history, faith, and grace. In the process, she delivers wisdom for navigating the challenges, mysteries, and delights of friendship: why we need friendships with other women, what it means to be safe in relationship, and how to embrace what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous.

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 a special bonus with this review, everyone who posts a comment by August 20 will be entered into a draw to win a copy of the book. A random draw will be made and announced here August 21. Good luck, "sisters"!


Kimber said...

Sounds really neat. Pick me! Pick me! tee hee

Angela said...

Alright, just so you have more than one name to choose from. :)

Was actually looking at the review from Jim Beverly's book -- he was one of my professors -- looks like a good one.

Kim said...

Nicely written review, Susan. I may have to have a look at that one. Women's friendships really have a unique dynamic. Thanks for sharing!

PS You're the second person who has given a glowing written review of Bonnie Grove's "Talking to the Dead" book ... of course the other person was her husband :o) I went to school with him.

Kim I.

Faith said...

Good review, I'm very interested in reading this one! The friendships women keep is one of those areas of study that trips around in the back of my mind from time to time... I'd love to be in the draw, but heck, regardless I'm adding it to the TBR list anyway :)