The Faces of Friendship is one woman's mapping of the interlocking dynamics of friendship that penetrate to the deepest roots within us-our innate sense of belonging both to God and to each other. Isabel Anders, author of personal reflections that "reverberate with spiritual insight" (Arthur Livingston in New Oxford Review) - Awaiting the Child, Soul Moments, and Seasons for the Soul-has collected here in one volume her insights on the various faces of friendship that we encounter daily, with hints of paths we may follow for our souls' instruction and delight.
But this is no simple prescription for everyone or every situation. Anders's strong theological grounding in the underlying meaning of friendship teems with biblical and classical understandings that stretch the reader and invite ongoing interaction-with questions, quotes, and further insights for individuals and groups at the end of each chapter.
To Be a Friend of God ... Befriending Yourself ... Man-Woman Friendships ... When Friendship Falters ... Friendship and Maturity ... are among the rich themes that interplay in these pages, as Anders's intriguing case for friendship in the Spirit explores the essential human longing to 'know' and 'be known' on our journey here below.
About the Author:
Isabel Anders is also the author of Awaiting the Child: An Advent Journal. A graduate in English from Wheaton College, with an MA in religious studies from Mundelein College, Chicago
About the Author
Isabel Anders is the also author of Awaiting the Child: An Advent Journal. A graduate in English from Wheaton College, with an MA in religious studies from Mundelein College, Chicago, Isabel has been a writer and editor for more than thirty years and received an Ohio Arts Council fellowship in creative writing (1989).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Faces of Friendship 1
To Be a Friend of God 10
My Father, My Friend 23
Mother, Daughter, Friend 34
Befriending Yourself 46
Colleagues as Friends: Facing Outward Together 56
A Song for Kathy 66
Man-Woman Friendships 73
Parents and Children: A New Shape of Friendship 86
When Friendship Falters 95
Mentors as Friends 104
The Spiritual Director and Friendship 112
Friends Within Pages 122
Epilogue: Friendship and Maturity 131
List of Sources 139