Thanks to Tyndale House for this book – all opinions are my own.
Growing up, I lived among family as my neighbors. I had a tight group of friends in high school. But, I loved being known by everyone. In college, those friendships faded away because we weren’t together all the time anymore. In college and seminary I felt that friendships were built mostly on what classes we had and if we had to study together.
Once I graduated seminary, I have felt that it has been hard to make friends – even though I made two of my friends after graduation. But, those numbers are few. Even now, as we have moved several times, changed jobs and states, had children, friendships are hard.
What do you base friendship on? Is it primarily proximity? I think proximity helps but so does social media. But, in our days of busy schedules, family and ministry priority, soccer and dance schedules, friendships are hard to keep on the front burner.
Enter: the Girls’ Club. The Clarkson girls do a great job of storytelling, helping their friends and readers absorb biblical truth about friendship, literary clues about friendships, and shares how the gospel should shape us. I find myself wanting to travel as I read their book. I’ve been to Prince Edward Island, but not to Oxford, so that’s all I want to do.
I think the writers do a great job of sharing their joys and their struggles with friendship. Even having friends can make for a lonely winter. Social media can help and hurt. We must use it wisely. And not let that be all our friendships concist of – as best we can.
This book will not be for everyone but I think they do a great job of sticking with their main audience. LIterary, travelers, scholarly, conservative. It is a winsome book. I’ve also enjoyed the podcasts that they’ve done on it – especially with Ruth Simons and Sarah MacKenzie.