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What can I do when life with my friends feels like middle school - and I'm the girl not picked to sit at the lunch table?

While there are ample books for women on dating, career, marriage, and motherhood, less prevalent are thoughtful writings about the everyday handling of female friendships. Inspired by the highs and lows of a backpacking trip across Europe with four gal pals, Marian Jordan’s The Girlfriends Guidebook charts a winning pathway through “jealousy, competition, control, anger, manipulation, and resentment, just to name a few less-than-cuddly aspects of our personalities.”

Informed by her faith, Marian encourages deeper friendships built on Christ- like honesty and love, emphasizing the development of such qualities as loyalty, trustworthiness, compassion, and forgiveness. Jordan also makes it clear that The Girlfriends Guidebook should be read first with one’s self in mind . . . recognizing that when we are freed from our own emotional baggage, we will really be able to enjoy the journey!

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Marian Jordan is the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries, showing girls of all ages how to apply God’s truth and promises to their individual circumstances. Her previous books include Sex and the City Uncovered, Wilderness Skills for Women, The List, and Radiant. Marian holds her master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaks to women and students across the nation, and lives in Houston, Texas.

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Marian Jordan is founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries, showing girls of all ages how to apply God's truth and promises to their unique circumstances. She speaks to students across the nation, lives in Houston, and holds her master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805446737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805446739
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Girlfriends Guide Book by Marian Jordan was a great book. The author and four of her girlfriends decided to backpack in Europe. It was interesting to hear about some of the different places and experiences. Just as you need a travel guide to get around in different countries, you need a guide book to understand the relationships of girlfriends.

An important statement the author makes at the beginning of the book is that if you don't have a good relationship with God then the other relationships in your life will not go smoothly (ex. girlfriends). Also if we want our relationships with our girlfriends to survive, we need to deal with our baggage ("unhealed wounds from our past "). The author points out that all of us have baggage that we are working on if we want to be truthful. I feel like I am constantly working on my baggage.

The top ten characteristics of a Christ like friend are: loyalty, trustworthy, encouraging, intentional (stays connected), integrity, compassionate (walks a mile in her friend's stilettos), kind (gives her friend the bigger cookie), grace and forgiveness, and love (seeks the best).

The relationships of our girlfriends can be a witness for the kingdom of Christ or not.

I found this book useful for not only relationships with girlfriends but with other relationships and God. I found this book challenging. I learned a lot from this book although some of it was repetition for me.

This unbiased review was based on an electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
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I bought this book hoping to get some insight on how to deepen my relationships with my other friends deep into parenting, trying to be a good mom, work, school, etc. What I got was a book on how to find a "BFF" with whom to travel Europe and watch "Grey's Anatomy". Not that there's anything wrong with that, but trite comments about not being able to understand how ANYONE could go to the movies alone (a welcome respite in my earlier years of parenting, after spending all day with a houseful of littles) made me realize that this book was not written with more mature women in mind. I didn't even finish it. An older friend recommended Dee Brestin's "The Friendship of Women", and I'm hoping that book will be more realistic for married mothers with little time for following the latest TV show.
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This was a great resource! I am a Girl's Student Minister. I needed a guide to help me navigate through friendship and what the Word calls us to be in our friendships. Marian did an excellent job using scripture, experience, and analogies to demonstrate how we should navigate female friendships. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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With us girls, sometimes our friendships can be challenging. I love this book because it shows you just what might be going on and why it may not be working for you and your new found church friend. I think every woman should own this book. It's very enlightening.
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I was contacted about reviewing a new book by Marian Jordan titled The Girlfriends Guidebook, a book about "navigating female friendships." Since I got married, I haven't really maintained any female friendships. I did make and have kept several friends that were introduced through my husband. However, I don't currently have any close female friends. I was hoping this book would help with that.

I love the warning that is issued at the beginning of the book. In the introduction, the author warns that you should "please read this book for yourself... not for your girlfriends!" (2). It's too easy to read advice about any aspect of life and want to apply it to others. However, advice should first be applied to ourselves!

The goal of this book is to "examine friendship from the perspective of God's Word" (22). Looking over the book, it does fulfill that stated purpose. The Girlfriends Guidebook examines friendship and uses lots of Scripture texts to show what qualities a woman should provide in a friendship and what qualities to look for in a friend. Jordan states three reasons for friendship - companionship, sanctification, and service. She outlines each of these purposes and shows how these purposes are illustrated in Scripture. I thought each purpose was well illustrated and supported.

I think my favorite quote in the book is in chapter three. It states that "if the cry of our hearts for love and acceptance is not first realized in a relationship with Jesus Christ, then great disappointment awaits any woman who believes she'll find it in a friendship" (48). I think this quote is applicable to any aspect of life. If we do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, we will be disappointed in anything we try to secure love and acceptance from.
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This book was so insightful. Every young women and every women should read this no matter what age she is. Marian writes in such a way that keep your attention. She has a way of getting to the real issues and allows you to heal when you didn't know you needed healing. So looking forward to the other books I bought for my Journey.
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