Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tamara Leigh's Book Recommendation ~ The Friends We Keep by Sarah Zacharias Davis

Years ago, I read and was moved by Sarah Zacharias Davis's The Friends We Keep: A Woman's Quest for the Soul of Friendship (yes, all right, "friendship" is a recurring theme of mine). Author Zacharias provides what has been called a "primer on women's friendships"--the beauty of making friends and (oh my!) the challenges of keeping them. I hope you'll take a peek at this lovely, eye-opening read that includes thought-provoking discussion questions perfect for a book club or women's Bible study.

Here's the back cover blurb:

Why are women’s friendships so tricky?
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.


  1. This sounds like such a good book! Women friendships are so much more complicated than men's. But so worth it!

  2. Thanks for the review, Tamara. I love books about relationships.

  3. This book sounds very interesting and insightful. I love a book that gives me an "ah-ha" moment - and this one sounds like it's loaded with them. Ok - it's climbing to the top of my TBR pile - and that's an all-day-hike all unto it's self. lol!

    1. Thank you for dropping by, dear Pam! This is a wonderful book. You'll have to let me know what you think of it. I hope you and Eddie are doing well in 2016. Blessings, friend!

  4. I love Sarah! Went on a mission trip to India with her after the 2004 tsunami. She's a beautiful, insightful person. I didn't realize she had a new book out. So glad you posted about it! :-)