Create a friendship that will stand the test of time
You were born to be a woman of influence. You were born to model your life on Jesus’ life, and in so doing, be a model for others. It may happen in a few quiet words over coffee, in a hug or a prayer. No matter how you do it, you have what it takes. God wants to influence people through you.
Use this study guide with a small group of women who share your desire to grow and give… or use it in your private time with God. Either way, it’s time to begin. Let’s get started…together.
Become the Friend You’ve Dreamed of Being (and Having)
As young girls, we loved being part of a group of friends who made us feel special. Then we grew up. We got busy. Yet today, our need for friendship is as strong as ever-perhaps even stronger. With lives to plan and spiritual issues to address, we need friends who will give us feedback. We need other women who will be with us-drinking coffee at our kitchen table, praying with us, laughing together at our mistakes, and enjoying our presence.
In Six Keys to Lasting Friendships, you’ll discover from Jesus’ model how to make more friends and how to better love the ones you already have. Best of all, you’ll enter into a life-changing experience-one that leads to an abiding, growing, strengthening, and enriching intimacy with others, and to the privilege of being called “my friend.” Tyndale House Publishers
About the Author
KAREN LEE-THORP is a freelance writer and former senior editor for NavPress Bible studies. She has written or co-written more than fifty books, workbooks, and study guides. She speaks from years of research on the Bible and women’s issues as well as from her own experience of God’s goodness in the face of incest, anorexia, and health challenges. She holds a BA from Yale University. Her books include Why Beauty Matters, the Doing Life Together series (Zondervan), the Revolutionary Parenting Workbook (Cook, with George Barna) and several volumes in the series Bringing the Bible to Life (Zondervan). She lives with her family in Southern California.
Carol Kent is hilariously funny, biblically sound, and heartbreakingly transparent in person and in print. Founder and president of Speak Up for Hope (a prison ministry) and Speak Up Speaker Services (a speakers' bureau), Carol is the best-selling author of many books, including When I Lay My Isaac Down, A New Kind of Normal, Becoming a Woman of Influence, Speak Up with Confidence, Secret Longings of the Heart, and Tame Your Fears. She is an expert on public speaking, writing, and evangelism. Carol travels the world, speaking to tens of thousands each year at events such as Extraordinary Women, Vision New England, Women of Faith, THRIVE, and Women of Grace. Carol and her husband, Gene, make their home in Florida.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Wanted: Girlfriends
How to Use This Guide
1 Understanding Intimacy
2 Bringing Out the Best in Each Other
3 Holding One Another Accountable
4 Risking Hurt, Building Trust
5 Loving Lavishly
6 Freeing Friends to Love Others