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Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Befriend is extraordinarily well written, organized, and presented, making it strongly recommended, especially for all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation. (Midwest Book Review)
Sauls (Jesus Outside the Lines), senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn., writes eloquently on the topic of befriending. He covers his bases thoroughly when challenging Christ followers to be proactive about their relationships in these 21 candid chapters. His message is tailored to inspire engagement with new people―both inside and outside the church―with courage and compassion, reminding Christians that it is all too easy to engage in digital, transactional, one-dimensional friendships when Jesus demands Christians move toward people with intent and self-sacrifice. Befriending, according to Sauls, is the kind of action that may include some initial friction, some hard surfaces, but over time these differences can result in richer, deeper relationships. Readers will learn how to practically seek new relationships with bullies, children, the dying, family members, and strangers. Each chapter is overflowing with compelling true accounts, biblical commentaries, and brief summaries to tie the overarching points together. This is a must read for those stuck in the world of digital-first relationships who seek to enrich their lives and the lives of those they come into contact with daily. (Publishers Weekly)
Scott Sauls is a pastor even through his writing. He doesn’t preach; he cares for souls and gently reminds us of a better way, of the tension and beauty of following Jesus. Jesus was and is a friend. Scott not only writes masterfully about that but lives like Jesus in this way. (Jennie Allen, Founder/visionary of IF:Gathering)
Scott has written one phenomenal book, direly needed for these times. Sharp. Informed. Culturally savvy. Biblical. This book will deeply change lives and start a befriend revolution. It’s powerfully changed me, and I’m sitting here revived in desperately parched places―feeling a bit of a holy hush. These pages echo the heart of God. (Ann Voskamp, Bestselling author of The Broken Way)
Books like Befriend have me hopeful that God’s people are going to rise to the occasion of our moment in history with God’s goodness and grace. I pray that as you read through each of these chapters, you might add more serious and diverse friendships to enrich and expand your view of what God is up to in our day. I couldn’t be more grateful for Scott’s voice on this topic. (Matt Chandler, Pastor of The Village Church)
There could not be a better time for a book such as this one. (Elisabeth Hasselbeck, talk show host and author of The G-Free Diet)
A Christian vision of deep friendship. Wise, biblical, and practical. It could change your life. (Russell Moore, president of Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission)
I’m glad that Scott has taken such an honest look at something we all need more of: real friendship. (Jon Acuff, bestselling author of Do Over)
In this accessible book, Scott Sauls looks at virtually the entirety of the Christian life through the prism of friendship, and that’s a well-grounded project theologically. When the gospel makes God our friend rather than our enemy, and we are also reconciled to ourselves―both our sin and our identity in Jesus, our friend―then we move out into the world in a new way. As Scott so ably shows us, Christian practice is to a great degree an exercise in friendship. This is a helpful, practical, and rich encouragement to bring all of our life in line with the gospel. (Timothy Keller, Senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City)
In Befriend, Scott Sauls provides real rescue from loneliness by highlighting what it means to be in real relationship and exposing the difference between “friending” and “befriending.” In a world full of “likes,” Scott points us back to love. There could not be a better time for a book such as this one. (Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Talk Show host, wife and mother, and author)
As Scott so ably shows us, Christian practice is to a great degree an exercise in friendship. This book is a helpful, practical, and rich encouragement to bring all of our life in line with the gospel. (Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church)
Scott cares for souls and gently reminds us of a better way: of the tension and beauty of following Jesus. (Jennie Allen, founder of If:Gathering and author of Anything)
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I would love non Christians to read this book, along with its intense scripture references, and apply this knowledge when trying to understand Christ in Christians. I would like Christians to read this book, and learn that loving people well starts with turning to Christ, rather than what they think they know. I would like people who have tried hard to love people well, but ended up burning bridges, instead of building them-to read this book. It is an easy read, but the content is raw and a beautiful example of the sacrificial love Christ calls us too. This book remains completely Christ center and scripture ridden, while being an advocate for the humanness that connects us all. Powerful read.
The last chapter, on the God who befriends you, is the best chapter in the book in my opinion and is a fitting conclusion to a well-written and insightful book. For a people thoroughly connected but lacking community, Befriend gives us solid guidance.
Just so good.