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"Friendships between women can be a place of refuge from loneliness and indifference, a place where we can know we matter as we are." Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. Author, Kitchen Table Wisdom
As this compilation of stories teaches, friendship between women rarely happens automatically--that's what makes it special. Sometimes the circumstances of life--like moving to a new city, or losing your job, or entering your child in school--create an opportunity. But the act of friendship is intentional.
Openness is a key ingredient even though recognition of a woman as a friend may require time. Friendship must often go through crisis or trial, some event that forges a bond and solidifies trust. The themes of difficulty and betrayal are woven into these stories, for the authors wisely know that friendship between women must be tested.
Sometimes it takes painful and disappointing experiences to begin to value ourselves as friends. Some of us need to learn that what we offer in friendship is rich and worth its weight in gold. We must learn discernment about when to offer it and when it must be withdrawn because the other is not able to appreciate the potential gift of friendship.
These short, compact stories are meant to be savored and reflected upon. They can be read slowly over lazy days or used as a morning reflection before running off to work. What they offer is a small but clear view of the female heart through the lens of friendship.
"There is something easy, something flowing, something sacred that can go on between women. Linda Bucklin and Mary Keil have modeled this in their work together. They are close friends, and out of that friendship comes this book." The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress