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A Friend in Me: How to Be a Safe Haven for Other Women Paperback – June 1, 2015
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Referring to Scripture, interviews, and her own personal life, Lau gracefully paints a picture of what it looks, feels, and sounds like to be a safe haven for other women. Each chapter provides insight on a different concept, that when applied in our relationships I ultimately believe can melt away the isolation many women are experiencing.
Today’s society is constantly portraying the importance of strong independent women, but this book made me pause and reflect on the value of vulnerability, a concept this generation tends to avoid. Instead of covering up the blemishes that plague our reputation, share them. I never fully understood the power of my story – the messy, the awkward, the devastating, and the encouraging until I read the sweet words of A Friend in Me.
This is a good-hearted, thought provoking book that I truly believe is a stepping stone to bridging the gap between women across generations.
In her last chapter, chapter 10, Pamela challenges women to love with the same unfailing and loyal love (“hesed” love) that God showed his people in the Old Testament. This challenge is made possible in chapters 1-9 as Pamela shows women how to become safe havens so that those women we walk with in life will feel safe. It is in the context of feeling safe that a woman who is struggling, confused, hurt, shamed or just wanting to dive deeper spiritually can honestly share and not feel judged, but instead feel embraced and loved. In this context, true spiritual depth can take place.
I have been in ministry as a bible teacher for many years and often find myself walking with hurting and struggling women. As a mentor, I often feel inadequate, not knowing how to make a real difference. Pamela’s book gives five life-giving patterns from Psalm 119 that challenged me to examine myself and ask, “Am I truly a safe haven for these women?” In each case, I realized I can become a safer person. As I become a safer haven, the Holy Spirit uses me to give His life to the beautiful women he brings into my life.
Thank you, Pamela, for your incredible and practical insights. I want to be part of this movement that gives life to other women.