Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Review: The Friends We Keep

Back in July I read "The Friends We Keep: A Woman's Quest for the Soul of Friendship" by Sarah Zacharias Davis. This is the review I posted on Amazon for this book:

While Davis journals her quest to understand friendship among women, she asks a million questions. In the introduction, she says she will explore questions like: How do we love? How do we hurt and bring pain to others? How do we bear another's burdens? What texture do friendships bring to our lives? What about the friend who got away? What do we demand of our friendships? What do friendships require of us? Sounds great, but the book does not deliver on any answers to these questions. Davis analyzes movies, books, TV shows, stories shared by her friends, and a whopping two examples from the Bible. One analysis that stood out to me is how many pages she spends examining the friends in "Sex and the City". These women are hardly positive role models for anything. The back of the book promises that Davis will deliver wisdom for navigating the challenges of friendship like what it means to be safe in a relationship and how to embrace what a friend has to offer. But that kind of practical information is simply absent in the text. I was very disappointed in this book.

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