A Friend In Me by Pamela Havey Lau – Book Review
Women are not solitary beings. In order to thrive, we need to form close relationships with those around us. Friendships with women of all ages are vital to our sense of emotional and spiritual well-being.
In A Friend In Me – How To Be A Safe Haven For Other Women, Pamela Havey Lau examines the rewards of developing friendships with women from different generations in the context of an informal Christian mentoring relationship!
If you are under forty, Pamela encourages you to seek out the experience of a wise woman who is growing in Christ to help mentor and guide you through life – to listen and be a sounding board for your hopes, dreams and accomplishments.
If you are over forty, Pamela encourages you to grow in your capacity to be a safe haven that young women can turn to when they need friendship, guidance and counsel.
To do this, Pamela suggests that you embrace five life-giving patterns found in Psalm 119:
- Learn To Deal With Suffering
- Give Healing Comfort
- Act With Understanding
- Know Full Forgiveness
- Relate With Compassion
You can then learn how to comfortably initiate relations and talk to others about key issues such as faith, forgiveness, sexuality and vocation.
Pamela reminds us that younger women long to relationally connect with women who have experienced more of life than they have and cautions older women not to erect barriers out of fear!
When women of all ages band together, Pamela believes that they can impact the world and experience a deeper faith than they’ve ever known!
What I like most about A Friend In Me are the personal stories that the author shares and the call for authenticity in relationships.
If you pick up this book looking for guidance on developing traditional friendships with your peers – which are distinct from the mentoring relationships that Pamela emphasizes throughout this book – you might not feel the book meets your needs, although you will still benefit from much of the information that Pamela provides.
However, A Friend In Me is a highly relevant book on mentoring that will particularly be of interest to those involved in women’s ministry!
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
About Pamela Havey Lau
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, Pam lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three daughters.
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- Visit the A Friend In Me Blog Tour Page.
- A Friend In Me is available on Amazon.
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