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Monday, August 10, 2009

Blog Tour - The Friends We Keep (8/10-8/14)

The Friends We Keep: A Woman's Quest for the Soul of Friendship by Sarah Zacharias Davis

Publisher: Waterbrook Press


40-Minute Bible Studies by Kay Arthur

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

About The Friends We Keep: During a particularly painful time in her life, Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful–and wounding–women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.

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.

About The 40-Minute Bible Studies:

The 40 Minute Bible Study series from beloved Bible teacher Kay Arthur and the teaching staff of Precept Ministries tackles important issues in brief, easy-to-grasp lessons you can use personally or for small-group discussion. Each book in the series includes six 40-minute studies designed to draw you into God’s Word through basic inductive Bible study. There are 16 titles in the series, with topics ranging from fasting and forgiveness to prayer and worship. With no homework required, everyone in the group can work through the lesson together at the same time. Let these respected Bible teachers lead you in a study that will transform your thinking—and your life.

Check out a 4 minute video of Kay Arthur as she talks about these 40-Minute Bible Studies.

Titles Include:

•The Essentials of Effective Prayer

•Being a Disciple: Counting the Cost

•Building a Marriage That Really Works

•Discovering What the Future Holds

•Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past

•Having a Real Relationship with God

•How Do You Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk?

•Living a Life of Real Worship

•How to Make Choices You Won’t Regret

•Living Victoriously in Difficult Times

•Money & Possessions: The Quest for Contentment

•Rising to the Call of Leadership

•How Do You Know God’s Your Father?

•Key Principles of Biblical Fasting

•A Man’s Strategy for Conquering Temptation

•What Does the Bible Say About Sex?

About the authors:

Sarah Zacharias Davis is a 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.

Kay Arthur, executive vice president and cofounder of Precept Ministries International has worked with her teaching staff to create the powerful 40-Minute Bible Studies series. Kay is known around the world as a Bible teacher, author, conference speaker, and host of national radio and television programs.

The Friends We Keep
Publisher/Publication Date: Waterbrook Press, July 2009
ISBN: 978-1400074396
224 pages

40-Minute Bible Studies
Publisher: Waterbrook Press


Sheila Deeth said...

The Friends we keep sounds very topical and interesting. Our friendships outside of family can be so important in supporting us when family relationships ask us to support others.

I've read some of Kay Arthur's studies before and enjoyed them, plus I'm meant to start leading some Bible studies soon. So the introduction to more of her studies is certainly timely for me.


nfmgirl said...

Well, I haven't had any female friends in so long, and I miss it. All of my friends over the last 15 years or so have been men.

However I do love my male friendships. Men are much easier going and aren't hyper-sensitive like women tend to be. Women get their feelings hurt so easily!

So ideally I would love both male and female friends!

Barb said...

I am in the process of examining my friendships and why I have so few female friends. This book sounds like it could help me reflect on why long term female friendships are so difficult to maintain over a long period of time. Then few friendships that I have maintained are the most important source of support through the trials and challenges of my life.

In addition the opportunity to read Kay Arthur's Bible studies is coming at a time in my life when I am searching for a spiritual renewal.

These books have come at a special time in my life.

Thanks for reviewing them and sponsoring them on your blog.

ChristyJan said...

"Embracing what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous" . . . this is something we should all think about in relationships ~ with both friends and family. Sounds like a very useful and thought-provoking read.


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