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Sacred Friendships - Celebrating the Legacy of Women Heroes of the Faith Paperback – September 11, 2009
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According to Kellemen and Ellis, "experts who examine the history of spiritual care have consistently identified" two pillars of christian counseling as soul care (helping people in their suffering) and spiritual direction (helping people fight sin and develop intimacy with Christ). Soul care involves sustaining and healing, while spiritual direction includes reconciling and guiding. Kellemen and Ellis have organized the stories of these women around these two pillars and four areas of Christian counseling. They were careful to study and discern many manuscripts, journals, and correspondence in order to accurately uncover each woman's unique way of practicing soul care and spiritual direction. The authors ask very specific questions of each woman's life and her relationships in an effort to understand the natures of each one's manner of care giving. Christian women have been providing counseling and wisdom in these four areas for centuries.Read more ›
Times have changed yet much remains the same. The need for spiritual inspiration, encouragement, and empowerment is as real now as it was then. But where is our "great cloud of witnesses?" In our search to find "relevant" solutions to all of life's ills we have had a tendency to allow "today's crying needs to drown out yesterday's relevant answers." Why? Because in our striving for relevance we have neglected the wisdom it is possible to glean from the many historical voices of the church. These voices of the past are deep wells from which we could quench our thirst for spiritual wisdom--if only we could hear them.
Fortunately authors Robert Kellemen and Susan Ellis, in their book "Sacred Friendships: Celebrating the Legacy of Women Heroes of the Faith" have taken a walk down the ancient paths in search of "voices from the past.Read more ›
I laughed, I cried...I was humbled.
In a time when women's ministry is often synonymous with brunch and chocolate, we can all learn from the women in Sacred Friendships.
The wisdom, boldness, perseverance, love, and sacrifice displayed by these female heroes will make you want to put down that latte and get to work in the body of Christ.
This historical narrative presents the stories over 50 women and covers 2000 years of church history. The authors allow these women to shine their own light through their letters, diaries, and other writings. We also hear the words of those who were influenced by their faith.
These women teach us to balance life and doctrine, humble care and bold courage, content and character. They speak the truth in love. They teach, counsel, and encourage others through their words and through their actions.
The list of heroes includes mothers and sisters of the saints. It includes martyrs and deaconesses, wives of famous pastors, and women who quietly instructed and discipled followers in their rural homes. You will hear from women who boldly spoke out against and debated male leaders during the Great Western Schism, the Reformation, and the road to Emancipation. There are stories of those who endured slavery and those who fought against slavery. The book ends in a Nazi prison camp, where the faith of one woman encouraged and influenced those around her.
Diversity among the women in Sacred Friendships affirms that all women can serve in God's kingdom. These women were married, single, and widowed. They included women of high position and political influence, peasants, prisoners, and slaves. Some were mothers and some never had children. All of them lived authentic lives of faith.
I would definitley recommend this book.
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Sacred Friendships is truly a unique book. On the one hand the book serves as a celebration of little known women heroes throughout church history. Read morePublished on November 20, 2009 by Aaron D. Taylor
The authors, Kellemen & Ellis, do a fantastic job of immediately addressing the stated purpose of Sacred Friendships from the beginning of the book. Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by M. Kelly
I have read parts of Dr. Kellemen's previous book on soul care, Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African-American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction. Read morePublished on October 16, 2009 by Cornelius Jemison
Would you be interested in the history of fifty history changing women? Women of character, fortitude and great faith? Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by Keiki Hendrix
In recent days, the press has been giving some attention to the New Reformed movement sweeping through evangelicalism, particularly among young evangelicals. Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by Trevin Wax
As I began to read this amazing book, the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy came to mind, remembering the "genuine faith" Timothy possesses, Paul acknowledges the source of his... Read morePublished on October 8, 2009
To breathe in Sacred Friendships is to inhale the power and inspiration of a gender too often overlooked and to exhale a motivation to live for Christ like you may never have... Read morePublished on October 8, 2009 by Rick Howerton
The noble task of giving back a voice is the heart and soul of Dr. Bob Kellemen and Susan Ellis' new book Sacred Friendships. Read morePublished on October 5, 2009 by J. Young
The book tells the stories of women from Perpetua (181-203) through Betsie ten Boom (1885-1944). The forgotten stories of daughters, sisters, wives, mothers- and above all... Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by Sandra Peoples