The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments

The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments


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ISBN-13: 9780800723804
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Dawn Camp is the camera-toting, homeschooling mother of eight children and the editor of The Beauty of Grace and The Heart of Marriage. She is a featured blogger at (in)courage, and her beautiful photography has graced their monthly calendar. Camp blogs at and is a featured photographer on Adobe's website for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. She lives with her family in north metro Atlanta.

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The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TandemMarriage More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THE BOOK! I already know that I am the outlier here–a man who wanted to read a book intended for women. You may have all secretly wondered, “Is this guy a creeper?” No, I am not. I am a husband, a father (of daughters), a professional who works with many women trying to address their struggles, and a child of a way too gracious Father in heaven. Oh yeah, and one who reads books that are out of his comfort zone so that he can better understand the women in his life. I signed up for this. On purpose. I read the first half of this book in one sitting. I did not want to put it down, although I did pause for a few minutes at one point to reflect on one of my friendships. While I was reflecting (and feeling incredibly blessed for the richness of this friendship), I took a few moments to text my friend and let him know how much I appreciated him. How much my wife and I enjoy spending time with him and his wife. How I appreciate his encouragement and how we laugh together. And therein lies the beauty of The Gift of Friendship. The beautifully written stories within the pages will cause you to realize how very blessed you are by God and how He puts certain people in your life because He loves you. And, oh how He loves you! Embrace friendships. They are one of the most profound ways that God loves us. This book has helped me to be more grateful for the friendships I enjoy. And gratitude helps us to be gracious. Now I am off to give this book to my daughter, and my wife, and so on! This book is so needed–for men too.
IoanaN More than 1 year ago
The Gift of Friendship was a truly inspiring book for me. I don't always think that about a collection of short anecdotes and personal sharing about a topic, but this was different. Dawn Camp, the editor of this book, is an (in)courage contributor, and along with other (in)courage contributors and some other well known online figures, she aims to reveal stories about how much one really needs a friend. The book deals with different topics all having to do with an aspect of friendship. Whether it's about learning the art of hospitality, pursuing friendship intentionally, being vulnerable, going out there and making new friends, or recognizing our very first friends who also happen to be our family, there is something in the book for everyone, no matter the life stage the reader is in. Sure, I didn't relate to every story, but there was something in each section that spoke to me, and made me more mindful of the role I have as a friend, and the responsibility I carry. Each chapter ends with a quote, or a Bible verse that sums up the chapter. As a lover of quotes, I thought those were such a nice touch at the end of every chapter. The writers seemed honest and open in their sharing. The entries are not necessarily new, nor recent, some might have been first written for a blog, or another social platform, but they were written thoughtfully. I really liked the short chapter format. It was easy to read, the chapters were concise, and very much to the point, without unnecessary beating around the bush. As a side note, this book made me a bit more interested in the (in)courage community, and the writers that contribute to the blog daily. I used to follow the blog closely, but over the time I stopped following along. This book made me miss it, and maybe I will make it a habit to read and let myself be encouraged (in)couraged again. I have been thinking about this whole friends thing lately, and this book came at the right moment. It encouraged me to invest in friends, to be a better friend, to pray for my friends, to listen, to care deeply and genuinely, to help them grow into who they are supposed to be. It's not always easy being a friend, but at the end of the day, it's always worth it. All the pictures and all the memories you collect over years prove just that. I am grateful I had the possibility to read this. It was a perfect timing kind of book. I received a free e-book copy of this book via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Dawn Camp in her new book, “The Gift Of Friendship” published by Revell gives us Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments. From the Back Cover: Whether next door or in the next time zone, our friends are some of our most vital relationships. We cherish time spent together and look forward to the next time we can solve the world’s problems over coffee. There is something about a true friend that no other relationship can touch. Collecting over fifty true stories from some of today’s best writers, Dawn Camp offers you a chance to sit back and experience the gift of friendship. With its beautiful photographs and poignant prose, this collection is the perfect pick-me-up anytime you need a boost. I think that ever since we read of David’s intense friendship with Jonathan each of us has longed for something like that as well. The good news is that God designed us that way. We have our friends: we know what they like, what they don’t like, when they hurt we hurt, and when they rejoice we rejoice with them. Dawn Camp went out and acquired fifty stories from all these authors. In some of these stories we laugh, in some we cry, in all of them we identify with the friendship. These stories are true and should touch us at our very core. Not only that if we haven’t had a session with our friend in a while I guarantee that you will be reaching for the phone, going over in person, or using some social media outlet but you will want to get in touch with your friend. This book is a keeper and will make a great gift for friends and family so that they can be reminded of their friends as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Friendships are the glue that hold us together when our world seems crazy. Friendships can nurture, bolster, and encourage us. God gave us the beautiful gift of friendships so we could feel His love more fully. Read stories of beautiful friendships between women who feel like they are your friend too. I really enjoyed this book. The stories were heartfelt and meaningful. Each person brought out different positives and blessings of friendship. The book was easy to read since each story was separate and only connected by the theme. This allowed me to read it in brief moments of free time. The book was a reminder to be thankful for the friends in not only my life, but also that of my family. This would be a great book to give as a gift to that special friend in your life. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
RMMcDowell More than 1 year ago
The Gift of Friendship is a collection of blog posts from various authors, speakers, and bloggers on the topic of friendship. Centered around topics like “Building Community,” “It Takes a Friend to Be a Friend,” “Friendship on Purpose,” and “Vulnerability,” each essay Camp gathered follows the typical Blog formula: easy to read, a few lines of self-deprecating humor, and a quick message. None of it gets too deeply, but much of it makes you smile. And none of them will take you more than five minutes to read. Reading this compilation made me arrive at three realizations: 1) I have a handful of really great, really deep, and really true friendships; 2) This may not be as common as I originally thought; 3) I don’t really like this Blog format of a book. I found myself and my circle of friends in a few of the pages. I was reminded to tell two of my closest friends how deeply connected to them I am and how grateful I am that they know me so well and still choose for some crazy reason to keep coming back to me. And how amazing it was to spend the weekend in their company . . . all alone, no kids, no husbands, just these beautiful women and a few others from our circle. Those are gifts you find in some corners of your world, and Camp calls you to remember them and cherish them. I didn’t love this book. It was fine. Good, even, in some parts. But I feel richer for the friendships, not for the words I read in the book. Except for the nuggets Camp included in between some of the essays. She quoted Scripture (which is always good, even in this case where it sometimes seemed a stretch to fit the topic), and she quoted other books on friendship. The C. S. Lewis quotes she included from The Four Loves are the real gems in this book. And while I probably won’t pick up The Gift of Friendship to read again, I will definitely be borrowing The Four Loves. From a friend. Disclaimer: I received this book from Revell through the Revell Reads Blog Tour program in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Thank You for Being My Friend Do you remember what you did the last time you were with a friend? You can probably recite where you were, and how you felt about it, even if it was long ago. No doubt that memory will cause you to recall other times you were with a friend, too. Friendships with others are important to us, whether it is with someone you haven't known for long, or with someone that goes back for years. This book explores the kaleidoscope of types of friendships that can exist, and just like fingerprints, no two relationships are alike. The Gift of Friendship is a compilation of over fifty, true short stories from a variety women sharing their friendships. The editor has divided them into nine different categories, such as "pursuing friendship" to "old friends." Some of these tales will cause you to giggle, some will bring a lump to your throat, but many, if not all, will touch your heart. We may not recall the great buy we found a couple of years ago, or the way to drive to a particular spot, but the memories we have from the people in our lives--our friendships--will stay with us forever. Friendships are important to us, and how they make us feel, resonate to our very core. I enjoyed this book, it is easy to read, and many of the stories are easy to identify with. God created us to be in relationships, just as the book of Hebrews reminds us, " And let us not neglect our meeting together..." Open this book, and enjoy the gift of friendship as experienced by many different people, in a variety of circumstances. After you're done, you might be inspired to reach out to your friend, whether it be via the post office, the telephone, or one of today's many social media options. This 5-star book would be a nice gift to give a friend, or as a gift to give to yourself. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Gift of Friendship, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
In her book, The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments, Dawn Camp brings a collection of stories that celebrate the beauty of friendship. Every story in itself is an invitation to have your heart warmed as each one will remind you of the gift represented by each of the friends in your own life. Friendships come in all shapes and sizes. Some last a life time. Some for a short span of time. But each one is meant for a purpose in our lives. We cherish the time spent with a true friend. Conversation can be trivial or deep, but we hang on every word. The book has contributions from about fifty of our favorite authors and bloggers. Each reading is sure to delight as it brings encouragement. There are Scriptures and quotes on friendship which make this book truly a book to treasure. My copy is underlined and written it in the margins with notes, as the stories resonated deeply. The stories are broken down into nine chapter headings: Building Community It Takes a Friend to Be a Friend Pursuing Friendship Hospitality Friendship on Purpose What I Learned about Friendship from My Family Vulnerability Making a Difference Old Friends You can read this book from cover to cover – highly recommended and the way I did – in two afternoons. Or you can read it topically. But no matter how you read it, you will find yourself pulled in and not wanting to put the book down. Each story will give you opportunity to sit with this group and experience the many facets of friendships. “Friendship is acting out God’s love for people in tangible ways.” (Shauna Niequist, page 76) ** *** I received a copy of this book from Revell for review purposes, which has been a delight to offer. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
DukeandBellaDesigns More than 1 year ago
Get ready for a great read ... Grab a cup of coffee. Find. A box of Kleenex and settle into your comfy chair. You'll laugh, you'll cry. Dawn Camp has put together a collection of stories that will touch your heart You'll find that spot in your heart you've buried for one reason or another but you'll find yourself turning the pages of time thankful for one of Gods greatest gifts "the gift of friendship ". Share it with your friends. I loved this book
ConR More than 1 year ago
This book hits the 5 star mark in many ways for me. It's wonderfully real with many and varied stories about friendship. It's not theory, it's like the Velveteen Rabbit of collections. There are stories for those who want deeper friendships (or any at all), for those who want to overcome shyness about sharing their lives and thoughts, for those who celebrate it, and so on. I've laughed, cried, shouted AMEN and had a few times I had to stop and ponder and pray about something I just read. I love this book so much I am seriously thinking about gifting it to several women in my life.