Buy New
$17.99
Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.99
  • Save: $2.00 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Sacred Friendships - Celebrating the Legacy of Women Heroes of the Faith Paperback – September 11, 2009


Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.99
$6.70 $2.97


Frequently Bought Together

Sacred Friendships - Celebrating the Legacy of Women Heroes of the Faith + Soul Physicians + Spiritual Friends
Price for all three: $85.33

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together
  • Soul Physicians $31.36
  • Spiritual Friends $35.98

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: BMH Books; 1st edition (September 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884692647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884692645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is chairman of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship Department at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. He also works as a consultant for the 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC's). He is the Director of the AACC's Religious Leaders' Division and also the AACC's Theology and Pastoral Counseling Director.

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
13
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 13 customer reviews
This is a reference book for any women's ministry leader.
Keiki Hendrix
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.
Cornelius Jemison
The women profiled can thank Kellemen and Ellis for the great gift of allowing their voices to be heard.
Sandra Peoples

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Wiggins VINE VOICE on October 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
In the writings of early church history, women's voices have gone underrepresented. This realization began Dr. Robert Kellemen's desire for writing Sacred Friendships. In addition to his work in biblical counseling, his personal passion is to empower "those who have been robbed of their voice." Like the women they profile in their book, co-author Susan Ellis' passion lies in ministering to women and seeing God work in their lives. Kellemen and Ellis combined their passions in order to write the stories of more than fifty remarkable Christian women who offered care and direction for the souls of men and women throughout church history.

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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Harbaugh on October 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a "must read" for Christian women.

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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Kelly on October 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
The authors, Kellemen & Ellis, do a fantastic job of immediately addressing the stated purpose of Sacred Friendships from the beginning of the book. They draw the reader in with their masterful telling of the forgotten voices of women believers throughout history. In the telling of each and every story, the reader is faced with the encouragement and challenge to adapt the biblical practice of "soul care and spiritual direction" (biblical counseling).

Personally, I read this book with the goal of pulling out the very specific aspects of soul care and spiritual direction, with a view of using these stories as illustrations of biblical counseling done properly. I was not disappointed. Each story, (many just glimpses into these godly women's lives), gave insight into "sustaining, healing, reconciling and guiding". As a lover of history, I enjoyed being introduced to the godly heritage of these forgotten voices. Kellemen & Ellis made it very clear, not only in relating these stories and history, but through adequate and concise quotes from our historical, biblical fathers that these women played instrumental roles in the church. From Vibia Perpetua (181-203AD) to Betsie ten Boom (1885-1944), insight on how to deal with sin and suffering leaped from the pages of Sacred Friendships.

I received two copies of Sacred Friendships. One was a review copy and the other was one I ordered personally. I used my review copy to "mark up" and pull valuable soul care and spiritual direction insights. My personal copy has already been handed out in hopes to be used of God as a tool to encourage the reader to greater sensitivity in ministering to others. I can confidently recommend Sacred Friendships as a challenging and encouraging resource for self-counsel, as well as, for counseling insights for ministry to others.

Recommended; paper-back, 300 pages.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search