I was so excited to be a part of the book launch team for my friend Dawn Camp and her new book, The Gift of Friendship.
The Gift of Friendship is a collection of stories highlighting the beauty of those valuable relationships with those we call friend. Just as each of us is unique, with various backgrounds, life circumstances, and needs, each of the brief stories is unique and tailored by God. You’ll find stories about community, hospitality, vulnerability, and so many more.
I am so blessed to have some wonderful friendships with a lot of overlapping circles amongst them. Even sweeter is that two of my best friends are also family – my mom and my sister. We are all in different seasons of life and there’ve been times when I got together with my friends regularly and often. But right now it seems that we’re in a phase where everyone is heading in myriad directions and it has become too easy to let those relationships slip to the back burner. I think about them and think about planning something, but then I get busy, or else I know that they’re busy, so I don’t.
But reading The Gift of Friendship has reminded me of the value of my friendships and that they are worth the investment. Since starting it, I’ve scheduled coffee/tea dates, a girls night out for Mexican food, hung out more with my mom and sister, and am planning a couple get-togethers with other friends – all things that I enjoy with people that I enjoy, but have allowed life’s busyness to crowd out.
I highly recommend The Gift of Friendship with its short, engaging stories from women of all walks of life. I believe you, too, will find sweet encouragement and reminders for your own friendships, whether current and active, not yet begun, or in need of a little TLC.