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The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman's Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends Paperback – September 22, 2017
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"In an age that values social networks over face-to-face relationships, Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet make a compelling case for the lost art of spiritual friendship. They draw from a rich vein of personal experience and the lives of the saints to prove that the old proverb is still true: to have a friend, you must be a friend. Read this book to find out how." --Colleen Carroll Campbell, Author of My Sisters the Saints
"The Bible says that 'a faithful friend is a sturdy shelter and he that has found one has found a treasure.' The same goes for finding this book! We are all a work in progress, and while finding virtuous friendships can be difficult, they are vital in life. The Friendship Project shows us just how to find and invest in these intentional and virtuous friendships." --Sarah Swafford, Speaker and author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships
"We live in a technology-driven world where people are instantly connected, yet in our own personal lives, we often feel isolated and alone. The Friendship Project is an inspiring and uplifting answer to how we can be internally connected and equipped to form lasting friendships--first with God and second with others. It underscores the truth that happiness lies in living a virtuous life." --Sr. John Dominic, O.P., Developer of Disciple of Christ, Education in Virtue
About the Author
Michele Faehnle is a contributor to CatholicMom.com, codirector of the Columbus Catholic Women's Conference, and coauthor of Divine Mercy for Moms. She earned a bachelor of science degree (cum laude) in nursing from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1999. After twelve years as a labor and delivery nurse, she left nursing to be home with her growing family and answer the call to the New Evangelization. Faehnle has spoken at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy and to several women's groups and conferences, including 1:38 Women, Mothering with Grace Annual Mother's Conference, Indiana Catholic Women's Conference, and the online Catholic Conference for Moms. Faehnle has appeared on EWTN's At Home with Jim and Joy and a number of Catholic radio programs. She and her husband, Matthew, have four children and live in Columbus, Ohio.
Emily Jaminet is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and coauthor of Divine Mercy for Moms. She serves on the leadership team of the Columbus Catholic Women's Conference. Jaminet earned a bachelor's degree in mental health and human services from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1998. After several years working at the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, Jaminet moved back to Columbus, Ohio, to be a stay-at-home mom.
Jaminet offers a daily segment called "A Mother's Moment" on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio and Mater Dei Radio. She has spoken to several women's groups and conferences, including 1:38 Women, Mothering with Grace Annual Mother's Conference, Indiana Catholic Women's Conference, Women's Day of Reflection for Homeschoolers, and the online Catholic Conference for Moms. Jaminet has appeared on EWTN's At Home with Jim and Joy and a number of Catholic radio programs. She and her husband, John, have seven children and live in Columbus, Ohio.
Rev. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation. A retreat leader, speaker, radio host, and author, he also founded the Divine Mercy Encounter Retreat Program in the Diocese of Erie, where he serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community.
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Organized by applicable virtues and examples of saint friends, the authors guide the reader in examining her relationships and offering concrete suggestions for both making new friends, deepening spiritual friendships, and being a better friend.
If I found anything lacking in the book, it says less about the book than its applicability to my own life. My heart ached at the descriptions of deep, long-lasting, supportive friendships which have been absent from my own life for decades. My dearth of friendships left some of the material irrelevant to me at present.
Unfortunately, there's no magic formula for meeting friends, but The Friendship Project provides some useful tips to find friends which I hope to apply (although I admit that outside of personal prayer, they are somewhat a nightmare for an introvert).
Would make an excellent resource for small groups (for which additional guidance and materials are available).
I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions are my own.
After meeting Emily and Michelle in their first book "Divine Mercy for Mom's" I was in awe by their friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed their first book and wanted to know more about their friendship.
I am thrilled that they have written a book focused on friendship! In "The Friendship Project" you won't read a how to, but rather enjoy a journey of self-discovery. Readers will journey alongside Emily and Michelle as they share their own friendships and highlight notable saint friendships. Discovering the friendship bonds among the saints was an exciting element to convey themed virtues in action. Michelle and Emily write in such a way that encourages introspective reflection of the various virtues of friendship. I felt I gained a better appreciation of what it means to be a friend, and what it takes to cultivate the true nature of virtuous friendships across all relationships (including my own relationship with myself)
As I read this book, I found myself blessed by the words and praying for strength to grow in virtue myself, as well as the courage to be the best friend I can be. I reflected on friendships I have – both old and new – and ways in which I can deepen them. It helped that each chapter ended with practical advice and strategies to implement, giving me a great place to start. I was truly blessed by The Friendship Project and my only regret is that I read it alone!
I found The Friendship Project to be a fantastic book that I would highly recommend, especially those seeking to live, and help others live, a virtuous life.