Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships

Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships

by Christine Hoover


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Women long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make. The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation. Christine Hoover offers women a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules. She shows women

- what's holding them back from developing satisfying friendships
- how to make and deepen friendships
- how to overcome insecurity, self-imposed isolation, and past hurts
- how to embrace the people God has already placed in their lives as potential friends
- and how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship

With stories of real friendships and guidance drawn from Scripture, Hoover encourages women to intentionally and purposefully invest in one of the most rewarding relationships God has given us.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801019371
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 965,907
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom, speaker, and the author of From Good to Grace and The Church Planting Wife. She has written for the Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Christianity Today. Blogging at, she enjoys helping women apply the gift of God's grace to their daily lives. She lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: This One's for the Stragglers 9

Part 1 A New Vision for Friendship

1 When Did Friendship Become Such a Struggle? 15

2 The Dreams We Have for Friendship 23

3 How God Gives Friendship 33

4 Messy Beautiful Friendship 41

Part 2 Threats to Friendship

5 Fear of Being Burned 51

6 Ashes of Insecurity 59

7 Kindling for the Campfire 69

8 The Spark 78

Part 3 Discovering and Deepening Friendship

9 Be Kevin Bacon: Take Initiative 89

10 Back Doors: Open Your Home and Heart 94

11 No Makeup: Share Your Story 99

12 Dance Card: Make Space for Friendship 105

13 Friend Magnet: Honor Others 111

14 Naming: Know Who Your People Are 115

Part 4 Being a Friend

15 Back and Forth: Listen Well 123

16 Honey: Use Words Wisely 129

17 What Friends Are For: Enter the Adversity of Others 136

18 One Word: Pray for Your Friends 142

19 Room to Breathe: Temper Expectations 148

20 Faithful Wounds: Speak the Truth in Love 156

21 Homesick: Display Joy in Jesus 163

22 Hashtag Friendship: Enhance Offline Relationships Online 169

Part 5 Receiving Friendship

23 SOS: Ask for Help 177

24 Heed: Embrace Correction 183

25 Savor: Unwrap Imperfect Gifts with Gratefulness 189

Conclusion: The Sweetest Thing 197

Acknowledgments 203

Questions for Friends to Discuss Together 205

Lessons on Friendship 217

Wisdom from the Bible on Friendship 223

Notes 235

About the Author 237

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