About the Book:
"While there are ample books for women on dating, career, marriage, and motherhood, less prevalent are thoughtful writings about the everyday handling of female friendships. Inspired by the highs and lows of a backpacking trip across Europe with four gals pals, Marian Jordan’s The Girlfriends Guidebook charts a winning pathway through 'jealousy, competition, control, anger, manipulation, and resentment, just to name a few less-than-cuddly aspects of our personalities.'
Informed by her faith, Marian encourages deeper friendships built on Christ-like honesty and love, emphasizing the development of such qualities as loyalty, trustworthiness, compassion, and forgiveness. Jordan also makes it clear that The Girlfriends Guidebook should be read first with one’s self in mind...recognizing that when we are freed form our won emotional baggage, we will really be able to enjoy the journey!"
Friendships can certainly take us through some rough and rocky terrain. The Girlfriends Guidebook is an encouraging companion for the journey - a fun book with a serious message about being a good friend. It comes with a great note that this book is for us and not for our friends. That is to say, this book isn't meant to be used as a magnifying glass to examine our friends' problems (despite the temptation), but rather as a mirror to examine our own issues and see how we ourselves can be better friends.
From Jordan's anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book, it seems like she's quite the globetrotter! While some of her parallels are a bit of a stretch, the overall "travel" theme keeps the pages flowing. Jordan's tone is light and conversational. Although the book isn't overly deep, it's still a good read for Christian women who want to learn how to develop healthy friendships and be God-honoring friends.
Overall, with important tips and some food for thought, The Girlfriends Guidebook is a sweet and yet convicting "guidebook" for the journey to understanding what makes lasting and meaningful friendships.
*With thanks to the publisher and PR by the Book for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
About the Author:
"Today Marian is the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. She is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary and lives in Houston where she serves at her home church, Second Baptist Church of Houston, when not on the road at speaking engagements. Though she is a Texas girl at heart, she feels at home in destinations all over the world. Australia, Costa Rica, Italy, England, Lufkin, New York, Magnolia... she finds God’s beauty in every country, city and small town that she happens upon."
Learn more about the author and her book at the author's website.
*This week's review doesn't include a giveaway, but you can purchase a copy of The Girlfriends Guidebook now at Amazon.com!*