I received the Befriend book to read and post my review on. I wasn’t familiar with the author or this title prior to hearing about it from Ravū Collective. Upon beginning the read, it automatically hit home with me. Seeing in the introduction about real friendship being hard, and directly under that – digital friendship. Isn’t that something that is really making a mark on today’s world?
People feel that they have SO MANY friends due to their Facebook likes or Twitter followers. Ummm….NOT!! True friends are ones that have known you for awhile and even after seeing your social media posts, still care! 🙂 I only have a few that I would call true friends. Some are people that I have known for at least 20 years, sometimes more than that! Now, I do have acquaintances, and media followers, but there are only a certain few that I would trust personal information with. And with that, I call them brothers and sisters and not just “friends.”
The Befriend book really makes you take a look at your life and how to focus on spending more time with the friendships that truly matter. Learning how to be a real friend, by learning from what Jesus did. Caring for others and losing the “Me-First” attitudes that are so prevalent in today’s world. Let’s all just take a minute to look over our lives. Think about the people who are true friends. Maybe even give them a call, or send them a card to say thank you. Just because you put a smiley-face on their Facebook post, doesn’t really show true friendship by itself.
A big thanks to Ravū Collective and Mr. Scott Sauls for letting me review the Befriend book. It was one that really opened my eyes and something that many can learn from.
We live in a world where real friendship is hard to find. Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, it’s easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences don’t mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital “friends,” we really don’t have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Tragically, even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation.
Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship. Scott Sauls, pastor and teacher, invites you to see the breadth of Christ’s love in this book, BeFriend. Join Scott on this journey through twenty-one meditations to inspire actively pursuing God’s love through expanding your circle of friends.
Scott has met too many people whose first impulse is to fence off their lives with relational barriers that only end up starving their own souls.
Yes, it’s true: Real friendship is costly. Love does make us vulnerable. But without risk, our lives will remain impoverished.
Join Scott in BeFriend as he summons you toward diverse friendship that can enrich your life and, in the process, reveal a better version of yourself.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 4, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2″
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,882 in Books
#55 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Theology > Ethics
#64 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Ministry & Evangelism > Evangelism
#69 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Living > Social Issues
About the Author:
Scott Sauls is senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee and author of Jesus Outside the Lines and Befriend. Prior to Nashville, Scott served with Tim Keller at New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church as a lead and preaching pastor. Scott can be found on Twitter at @scottsauls. He also blogs regularly at scottsauls.com.
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