Thank you to everyone who left a comment on the post about The One Year Women’s Friendship Devotional by Cheri Fuller and Sandra Aldrich. We’ve selected one reader to receive a free copy of this great devotional: Monica Snyder! Congrats, Monica, we’ll be sending that out to you right away!
Some of you may be surprised that I give away books from other authors, but I have found that if I promote other authors, they’ll return the favor. I only give away books I can honestly recommend. Cheri Fuller has been writing books for women for a long time, and she’s a woman of integrity and depth. I think this book would make a great gift–perhaps you’d want to get it for a friend, and even take a risk when you give it, telling that person you’d like to be closer friends with her.
Seeing your heart-felt comments yesterday intrigued me. I thought–I wonder if I could write a book on friendship.
Question: What topics would you like to see in a book on friendship?
I would love to hear about how to handle friendships when they shift from a close relationship to being more an acquaitance again. I find this distancing of close friends as circumstances change has been the hardest thing for me to deal with. Learning when to fight for the friendship and when it is right to let go.
I would love to figure out why people think they are too busy to communicate with others. I know everyone is busy (me included) but it only takes 5 minutes to call someone and say “hi”. I just don’t get the isolation. Some practical advice on common courtesy in friendships (return calls, remember birthdays, etc)
What are the boundaries of a friendship? When can you call an acquaintance a friend?
I have a hard time relying on friends because of busy schedules and not intruding. But if you really need them, can you call?
After 20 years of praying for a husband, I am now married and having babies in my 40s, which is an amazing miracle! Friendship is easier now than it used to be, despite a hectic and busy life, as I connect with other women with young ones, but friendship was elusive and a real struggle when I was single in a church full of families. I found it impossible to move beyond the Sunday morning chit-chat or small group meeting into the realm of real friendships. How do you take it beyond church acquaintance with people who are in different stages of life? I spent years isolated without any close friendships other than friends from across the miles, who cannot live the day-in and day-out with you.