I really enjoyed Christine Hoover's book, "Messy Beautiful Friendship: finding and nurturing deep and lasting relationships;" it is a great book filled with so many little tidbits of wisdom. Friendships can be so tricky, as women we are wearing so many hats and balancing so many roles in our lives. We are overwhelmed with responsibilities and frankly, just exhausted at times and little time left over for friends, social things, free time. One of the chapters that really spoke to me was about opening our hearts and our homes. We are worried that we don't have time for friendships, or our homes are not clean enough or our children well-behaved enough. Christine encourages that we be a back-door friend, someone who is not presenting ourselves in a certain way, really not presenting ourselves at all, just being ourselves, letting our friends see the smudges, the weariness, who we really are.
At the end of the book there are also questions included to discuss with other friends; I love this addition to the book. There are also several verses included at the end that discuss friendship as well that gives a Biblical perspective and reinforces Christine's writing.
This is a must-read for anyone who is seeking to build her friendships and really have deep meaningful friendships with other women.
*Thanks to the BakerBooks Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book!*