Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book Review - A Friend in Me


Can we really have close relationships with women who have different thoughts on church, different experiences with family, and different ways of talking about God? Where do we start?

In A Friend in Me, Pam Lau shows you how to be a safe place for the younger women in your life. She offers five patterns women need to internalize and practice for initiating relationships and talking about issues such as faith, forgiveness, sexuality, and vocation. Most significantly, she reminds you that there doesn't need to be a divide between generations of women. Together, we can have a global impact---and experience a deeper faith than we've ever known.


Pam Lau is the author of Soul Strength and numerous articles for such publications as Christian Scholar's Review and Christianity Today. She has taught writing at George Fox University and speaks around the country at conferences and retreats. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University, Lau lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three daughters.

Find Pamela online: website, Twitter


This book is about friendships between women. This book really focused on older women mentoring younger women, especially in the church.  

The author has some good thoughts about relationships between women. She discusses tone of voice, to be open with other women, and not to be so judgmental. She shares that younger women are looking for older women to mentor them and be there for them.

Although this was a good book, I was a little disappointed that it was pretty much all about the relationship of mentoring between older and younger women. I also thought she was slightly judgmental about the older women, making them feel responsible if the mentoring relationship doesn't go well. I believe that older women want to be good mentors for the younger women, but it doesn't always go as smoothly as the author would have you believe with the younger women. 

I would have loved for this book to be more about the friendship between women in general. Not so much of the mentoring relationship. Although I did get quite a bit out of this book, I was rather disappointed that it didn't get into women's friendship over all. I liked the mentoring aspect, but I really wanted it to cover all friendships.

This book would be especially helpful for women in leadership or counseling at church. For those that are called to mentor, this book would also be helpful. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. And can we have close relationships with women who have different thoughts on church and do not speak about God?


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