The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.00
  • Save: $1.50 (11%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Friendship of Women: ... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: No highlighting/underlining or writing. Eligible for FREE shipping. Shipping and Customer Service provided by Amazon. Tracking on all orders.
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

The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible Paperback – April 1, 2006

36 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.50
$6.65 $0.66
$12.50 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible + The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully + Joan Chittister: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters)
Price for all three: $40.47

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"For Joan Chittister, defiance is a form of obedience. And silence in the face of injustice is a sin." —USA Today


"Joan Chittister reminds us that we have a religious duty to question any authority, however august, and to overturn the idols of orthodoxy." —Karen Armstrong, author, A History of God and Islam


"Joan Chittister's spiritual vision for today's world is profound and prophetic." —Spirituality & Health magazine

About the Author

Joan D. Chittister is an internationally known writer and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She is the past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She is the author of "In the Heart of the Temple," "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope," and "Wisdom Distilled from the Daily." She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

"Under The Same Sky"
See this and more inspirational memoirs.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: BlueBridge (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933346027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933346021
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joan Chittister, OSB (1936- ) is a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA. She is the author of over 50 books--and has won fourteen Catholic Press Association Awards for them. Her latest, published in February 2015 by Random House is: Between the Dark and the Daylight. In September 2014 Orbis Books released: Joan Chittister: The Essential Writings, a collection of the best from her many books, interviews and articles.

Her book, The Monastery of the Heart: an invitation to a meaningful life, is prelude to a movement for all seekers: Monasteries of the Heart, recently begun by her Benedictine community. Sister Joan is an international speaker who inspires both her audiences and readers with her passion for justice, equality and peace, especially for women in both society and the church. She is a regular web columnist for the National Catholic Reporter (ncronline.org) and Huffington Post (Huffingtonpost.com). Her PhD is from Penn State University in Speech-Communication Theory, her masters from the University of Notre Dame. She serves as Executive Director of Benetvision, a research and resource center for contemporary spirituality. (joanchittister.org)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on June 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
The introduction of this book is worth the retail price. It's an essay in itself. A sample sentence: "To have a friend is to acknowledge that some part of someone else's life which we have held tenderly, trustingly in our own hands might well die with us." Okay, it's a sentence you may have to read twice. But then you "get it," and you reflectively pause before continuing.

A pleasant complexity in the writing sets THE FRIENDSHIP OF WOMEN above its competition. Chittister's style is more graceful than but reminiscent of the early work of Henri Nouwen, in that she reflects on very personal themes but not in a first-person ("I") voice. As helpful as anecdotes are to ground a book, in this case they would seem superficial. Chittister's descriptions of what we need and want in friendships are framed in a spiritual, rather than a self-help, context. The back cover calls it "the sacred dimension of friendship."

Though this is a book for and about women, Chittister draws heavily on interesting, classic quotes about friendship, most of them written by men, including Ambrose, Aristotle, Augustine, and that's just the beginning of the alphabet. Admittedly, as Chittister notes, men have written most of the classical literature, and Chittister wants to broaden that base.

A Benedictine nun, Chittister has written extensively, often with a hard-hitting and discomforting message, but here her text is, well, comforting. She titles each chapter with the name of a woman who has a role in the biblical story, though two of 12 are extrabiblical --- saints revered by Catholics but virtually unknown to conservative Protestants: Anne (the mother of the Virgin Mary) and Veronica (who showed kindness to Jesus on his road to the cross).
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
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Franciscan on March 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
In a day and age where individualism and self-sufficiency is prided as characteristics of success and power, a voice that reminds us of the true role and import of friendship needs to be heard - and Joan Chittister offers one such voice. Using women biblical figures as a springboard and chapter mastheads, Chittister develops a short reflection on what the true meaning of friendship is and how is should be cultivated today.

From a refreshingly feminine perspective, Chittister approaches the topic of true friendship from the projected experience of the women for whom each chapter is named. While in no way a scholarly or academic work (most observed in the lack of authoritative scripture references, scholarly endnotes/footnotes or exegetical analysis of implicit scriptural references - although she does list the biblical passages at the end of the book where each woman could be found mentioned in scripture), this book is a wonderful meditative tool for one's own reflection on friendship.

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I should note that I am a male in religious life (in contrast to the author, a female in religious life, and the audience which appears to be primarily women). This perhaps limits my ability to fully appreciate the impact this work has on a female reader. I can attest to the fact that two very close women friends have read and recommended this book to me and they have found great solace and inspiration from it. I enjoyed it very much and it has allowed me to reflect on both friendship and women in the Bible in new ways.
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
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Judy Chun on March 12, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This small book is packed with information about the women in the Bible and how each personifies as aspect of friendship. There is a chapter on Ruth, a chapter on Anne, and some women that have received very little attention. There are interesting thoughts about each of them and how they represent different aspects of friendship. I am enjoying it so much that I only allow myself a chapter at a time to read and ponder. I think this will be the book I give to women friends this year. This is a keeper.
1 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
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YorkieMom on March 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have enjoyed every one of Joan Chittister's books that I have read. However this one truly spoke to my heart. I have only recently realized how important community is in my spiritual life. This books explains what I could never put into words myself regarding the special friendships of women. I have given it as gifts to five of my very special friends.
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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beach Spirit on September 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book would have been a worthwhile purchase just for he introduction. It's a beautifully writen reflection about the possibilities of friendship in our lives. After reading the book, I sent my copy to a niece with a note suggesting that she pass it on after reading it and I ordered several additional copies for women who have been good friends to me over the years.
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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia hanslien on November 6, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I finished a large number of unfinished books and in the midst of all that I read this little gem by Joan Chittister. It's entitled The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible.

The introduction of the book starts with a number of spiritual and philosophical points to friendship and the friendship between women. It ends with this quote by Emily Dickinson. "My friends are my estate." Friends are the only wealth we really have in the end. Friends are the treasure one accrues in life. It is of a high spiritual order to celebrate the Sacrament of Friendship.

She goes on to write about Lydia (growth), Prisca (self), Deborah (wisdom), Phoebe (support), Esther (leadership), Martha of Bethany (truth), Veronica (presence), Elizabeth (acceptance), Ruth (availability), Anne (nurturance), Miriam (joy), and Mary Magdalene (trust and love). She looks at their stories in the Bible and pulls out gems.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book.

"The friend who stands by is the friend who get us through life - at times without doing anything but being there. Yet the knowledge that a friend like Ruth is there - waiting, willing, available at any hour, under any circumstance - what can make friendship more important than family in an age of the 'Great Diaspora of Relatives'." (page 61-62)

"The Esther quality of friendship can change a war-torn world, can bring peace, can engage the whole world into one common human enterprise, can link the world rather than entangle it in the endless search for power and superiority." (page 36)

There are other quotes but I should let you do some of that treasure hunting yourself. This is a keeper that I will return to and read the many beautiful quotes in a slim little book. It celebrates friendship and love and it celebrates Christ.
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

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible
This item: The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible
Price: $12.50
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: amazon joan chittister