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THE FRIENDS WE KEEPby SARAH ZACARIAS DAVIS



The Friends We Keep: A Woman's Quest for the Soul of Friendship
By: Sarah Zacharias Davis
Published By: WaterBrook Press / 2008 / Paperback




AUTHOR BIO:
Sarah Zacharias Davis is an 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.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

ABOUT BOOK: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX – The Friends We Keep is Sarah Zacharias Davis’ thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women about navigating friendship. It was during a particularly painful time in her life that Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful—and wounding—women can be in their friendships. She saw how some friendships end badly, some die slow deaths, and others can surprise, as when a chance acquaintance becomes an enduring friend. “We want to know that a true friendship can survive the years, the growing pains, and the inevitable changes we morph through, and that in the end it will become triumphantly stronger than before,” says Davis. “When we see glimpses of this kind of friendship, we are touched, changed even.”


BACK COVER: Friendship can bring such joy and also much sorrow. Sarah Zacharias Davis found herself deeply wounded by a friend at a difficult time in her life (going through a painful divorce). Just when she needed a friend the most, she found the friendship gone. This personal experience drove her to interview dozens of women about the friends they keep, the ones they let go, the ones that gradually fade away, and the ones that last only for a season. The result is this account of Sarah's thought-provoking and revealing discoveries about women and friendship.

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. Includes Discussion questions in the back.

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