First Baptist Church of New Carlisle, Ohio has a rich and unique history in our community. Since 1955 we've been establishing ourselves as a lighthouse for Jesus Christ in our hometown of New Carlisle, Ohio.

We have Bible Study at 9:15 am and Worship Service at 10:30 am every Sunday. Childcare/nursery provided for all services. Wednesdays we have Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm and Revive Student Ministries for youth at 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review on “The Friendships of Women” - By Wanda Hess

Snow days are great for catching up on some reading.  My Book Review this month is called “The Friendships of Women” by Dee Brestin.  This book is a recommended reading by Dr. James Dobson.  This book is also in the church library collection.
A Friend Loveth at all times……Proverbs 17:17 as we go through life you might have encountered this not to be true.  This Book makes reference to the beautiful friendships shared by Mary and Elizabeth , Ruth and Naomi also David and
Jonathon.  After reading this book I got my Bible out and read more about these Bible characters and to try to understand their friendships, it made for some good additional reading.
There are many points from this book you read such as:
Women are natural nurturers.
Men don’t have real friendships they have pals, chums, buddies (now don’t jump out of your chairs men there are exceptions to all of this!
When you have friends you love with the heart and women are designed by GOD to do that.
Women are quicker to make friends they reach out to another woman.
They find a mutual subject, concern, territory to find a friend.
Men have friends by golf buddy, basketball playing,etc.
This book also can be used as a group study.   At the end of each chapter is questions or study points.
Chapter 9 talks about friendships: Roses and Alligators Which one are you?
Most women are like roses.  When you draw near to a woman she will open to you petal after petal of fragrant loveliness.
The difference between a rose and an alligator: a rose may never hurt you but  an alligator is likely to destroy you. And as we go through life we all have come in touch with those “Roses” and “Alligators”
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ GOD forgave you.
GOD knows our needs for friendship better that we do.  In Genesis 2:18 says And the Lord GOD said, it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helpmate for him.  Was this the first ever friendship?
This book discusses Mentor Relationships. God brings persons into our lives that we can mentor.  Elizabeth was Mary’s mentor.  And if you think about that statement did you figure out how? Risk taking is essential in finding friendships.  Ruth, Jonathan and Mary took tremendous risks.
I feel so happy when I hear someone say “I married my best friend” and that friendship is the best ever.  But when that person hurts the other deeply it is hard to overcome.
So I leave this thought with you to have a friend you must be a friend.  And the closeness of that friendship depends on how much you are willing to risk.
God Bless you and your friendships

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