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The Girlfriends Guidebook: Navigating Female Friendships Paperback – October 15, 2011
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So much truth found in the pages of this book requiring self reflection and honesty. If you want to be a friend this book will show you how.Published 11 months ago by Kim
This book is easy to read and I love all the great quotes she uses from CS Lewis and others.Published on February 28, 2013 by Eli
For a birthday gift idea, I looked through a friends "wish list", this was one of her items. I bought it for her... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
When I got this book to read I thought it would be more of why is your friend acting this/that way and what you can do to help steer the friendship back to a healthier state. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The Girlfriends Guidebook, by Marian Jordan is a must read for any woman. While there are many books and manuals on marriage, dating, and child-rearing this book takes a look at... Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Michelle Neumeier
As a woman do you find it difficult to foster relationships with other women? Do you make your friendship with women more complicated than it was designed to be? Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by Jill P. Jones