Let’s have an honest moment.
Yeah, I know. Those are soooo rare around here. 🙂
But seriously, if you’ve been a woman for long (like since birth!) you’ve had the opportunity to be burned by friendships. There may be a part of your heart that is leery of letting other women know you deeply. Yet, you may also have a deep knowing in your soul that you need heart sisters. Women who get you. Women who have earned the right to challenge your stupidity. Women who will cry when you cry.
That’s exactly why Natalie wrote this book. She knows the pain of burned friendships. She also knows the joy of risking and discovering deep friendships.
As I read this book I was reminded of all the times in my life it was easier to have guy friends. And of the deep, sweet grace of the women God brought into my life. Joy in college. Amy, Kelly, and Carrie in D.C. Kim and Katie in the neighborhood. Stephanie, Beth, Sue, and more at church. Then there are all of my writing sisters who know me deeply and love me anyway.
Friends, there is nothing like the richness that comes into life when you are known and loved anyway. This book is a great way to develop that in your life or intentionally study to add it in. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter are a great aid to dig deeper on your own or with a group. At the same time, this book reads like a quick chat over coffee or iced tea with a friend who’s learned a few things along the journey of this life.
Author Natalie Chambers Snapp uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Healthy boundaries, honesty, tact, sharing, and agape love all play a part in being and maintaining a circle of close confidants. She also deals with the inevitable challenges that face many relationships including how to handle conflict; life changes like a new baby, move or divorce; and when it is right to “break-up” with your friend.
Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.
“Each chapter has great exploratory questions at the end, to help readers dig deeper, and become the kind of friend they ultimately want to have.” —CBA Retailers + Resources
Natalie Chamber Snapp is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, then wife to Jason, and mom to one spunky daughter and two spirited sons with a crazy amount of energy. Choosing to follow Jesus at 27, Natalie is passionate about sharing the grace, mercy, and truth of God’s love. She lives in the Midwest with her crew and tries to keep it simple by writing about the faith found in the everyday mundane. The outpourings of her heart can be found at www.nataliesnapp.com in the fleeting moments between being a wife and mother. She is also a contributing writer for The Mothers of Boys Society, the Whatever Girls Ministry and Group Publishing.