Friendship isn't about who you've known the longest, it's about who came and never left your side. (unknown)
|Emily, Katie and Kayla|
Do you remember your first friend? We didn't call them bffs or besties in the 60s. They were simply best friends. My best friend was Debbie, a farm girl with a big brother I idolized. I loved visiting her. My home was an organized quiet. Lots of expressed love and joyous and fun--just quiet. Debbie's home was full of people and loud! Brothers and sisters, foster kids, and a mom and dad with hearts the size of their barn. Not better--just different.
|Shannon and her granddaughter.|
But what happens if your your Diana never shows up? In Kelly Westerfield's new book, Trend Breakers: Discovering and Choosing Quality Friendship in a Lonely World, she says,
"My journey to finding joy in friendship has spanned many years. It started as a little girl, wanting so badly to find my Diana, that kindred spirit I read about in Anne of Green Gables. The journey brought lots of tears through my teenage years as I pined to understand what I was doing wrong to still come up short of someone to call my best friend for life.
Surely adulthood would cure all of these woes, yet it didn’t. Oh, I found friends – true and sweet friends whom I still cherish – yet I couldn’t seem to find lasting peace in this area of my life. Distance, obligations, and personal struggles created barriers when I wanted communion."Kelly and I are in a small group in the Soli Deo Gloria community. I was delighted to get a sneak read in before her book was released. Let me tell you, this book gets to the heart of friendship with chapters such as:
- Redefining True Friendships
- Let Go of Toxic Friendships
- Investing Spiritual Disciplines on Your Friends
|Katie prayed for a friend before we moved to town.|
These three have been friends since then.
Another thing I love about Kelly's book-- the questions at the end of each chapter. I love the chance to think about the answers myself, but this would be a great Bible Study for a women's group, too.
Kelly is giving one of my readers a FREE PDF copy of her book this week. If you're interested, please leave a comment below about one of the friendships you treasure, and you'll be added to the drawing. (Link a post to Sharing the Shelter for an extra chance to win.) The winner will be announced at the next Sharing the Shelter link up.
You can purchase the PDF version of Kelly's book at http://exceptionallyavg.com/my-ebook/. Use the code TRUEFRIEND to receive $2 off between now and December 13.
The Kindle version of Kelly's book is available HERE. This will be on sale until December 13th for $2.99.
Sharing the Shelter #9 and Giveaway
Connie from Family, Home and Life won the hat giveaway this week. Visit her home on the blog and copy the recipe for Cinnamon Rolls. They look delicious!
I'd like to encourage you to reach out to a friend this week. There are so many sweet things this time of year; instead, take her a Pineapple Cheeseball. It's delicious and easy. (And the recipe is enough for two.) If you are too busy to think about making one more thing, just pick up a bag of Laughing Cow's Babybel cuties for her to snack on.
- Grab my button or leave a text link-back
- Visit the two blogs before yours
- Shelter someone!