Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships

Messy Beautiful Friendship Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships Women long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation Christine

  • Title: Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships
  • Author: Christine Hoover
  • ISBN: 9780801019371
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • Women long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation Christine Hoover offers women a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules She shows women what s holding tWomen long for deep and lasting friendships but often find them challenging to make The private angst they feel regarding friendship often translates into their own insecurity and isolation Christine Hoover offers women a fresh, biblical vision for friendship that allows for the messiness of our lives and the realities of our schedules She shows women what s holding them back from developing satisfying friendships how to make and deepen friendships how to overcome insecurity, self imposed isolation, and past hurts how to embrace the people God has already placed in their lives as potential friends and how to revel in the beauty and joy of everyday friendship With stories of real friendships and guidance drawn from Scripture, Hoover encourages women to intentionally and purposefully invest in one of the most rewarding relationships God has given us.

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    1. Christine Hoover

      Christine Hoover is a church planting pastor s wife and mom to three boys Aside from being an author and blogger gracecoversme , she has contributed to Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, iBelieve, Send Network, and Incourage.

    829 thoughts on “Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding and Nurturing Deep and Lasting Relationships”

    1. Well, I didn't just read this book; I wrote it :) And I'd love for you to read it! My prayer is that it would encourage, help, and challenge you to embrace the messy and beautiful parts of this gift called friendship.

    2. This was such an enjoyable read. There were only a few things that hinder me from giving this book 5 stars. 1. This book was targeted at married women. A lot of her examples, stories, and discussion questions did not apply to me. But in spite of this I did learn so much and would definitely recommend it to teen girls.2. Towards the end it was no longer revolutionary. It felt repetitive. I think what made this book so eye opening and convicting was the deep conversations I had about the book with [...]

    3. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the launch team.This is one of the best books on relationships that I've read. I've read Christine's previous book The Church Planting Wife, and it was good, but she has grown tremendously as a writer and thinker since that book. This book is a gift to the church--it is honest and realistic and challenges many of the ways we avoid relationship and fellowship. Although it is directed at women, I think both men and women would benefit greatly f [...]

    4. very insightful book on biblical friendships, definitely geared toward moms/married women but I would recommend it to anyone

    5. While Christine writes with women in mind, her wisdom on friendship applies to both men and women. I was encouraged and challenged in this read, as the purpose of friendship is identified, reasonable expectations for friendship are discussed, and the joy of Christian friendship is celebrated. Through it all, Christine's humble disclosure of her own trails and travails in friendship keep her accessible and real as an author. I finished looking forward to being a better friend.(full disclosure: th [...]

    6. I shouldn't have ordered this book. I already have about thirty books which I've been meaning to read in the last 3/4 years. But this book is just what I needed. I came across this book from following Desiring God, at a time when I was feeling acute loneliness and inept socially due to a few things going on in my life.For years I've struggled generally, not with making friends but keeping them, and have always thought there was something really wrong with me. I became bitter towards people I'm c [...]

    7. I'm an introvert, so making friends isn't always the easiest thing for me. When I moved to Louisville by myself, I didn't know anyone here, but I was sure that I would be able to meet new people and make a friend or two once I'd joined a church. That wasn't the case. I don't know if it was something about me or the church, but I never clicked with that particular church, and because I didn't really want to spend time there outside of Sunday morning, I didn't really want to spend any of my free t [...]

    8. There are lots of books about friends. There are lots of books about women. There are lots of books aimed at Christian women. But now, finally, there is one about the importance of friendship in the lives of Christian women.Having read Christine Hoover's previous book From Good to Grace, I was excited to read a new book by her, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and benefited much from it.Messy Beautiful Friendship does not glamorize friendship; nor does it rake it through the mud. Instead, it presents [...]

    9. Many Christian women struggle with friendships. Yet often we feel that we are alone in our struggles. We see our friends post pictures on Facebook of get-togethers with other friends and we wonder why we weren't invited. Friendships as adults are hard. This book addresses that difficulty and that when we think we are the only one dealing with this, we are not. It was comforting to read a description of myself and realize that I'm not the only one that struggles in this area. We can easily turn f [...]

    10. (Disclosure: I received a book for being a part of Christine's launch team.) I enjoyed this book. It's a great topic, and Hoover's thoughts are biblical and clear. A lot of Christian books are true but boring, or interesting without depth. Hoover's writing is both true and well spoken. I wasn't surprised when I checked out her profile and saw the diversity of her reading habits. Being well read may not seem to be a big deal to some people, but it can result in a freshness of thought that is unb [...]

    11. Spotted this book at The Gospel Coalition conference and was shocked I hadn't heard anything about it yet, only to realize it hadn't been officially released yet, ha! I was shocked because I feel like this is a topic so many women struggle with and crave insight on, so thank God for Christine Hoover and the struggles and experiences she's had which led to this book. Main points that stick with me: rather than crying about not having friends or having great friends, serving and posturing as a fri [...]

    12. While this may not have offered any particularly life-changing wisdom or profound new thoughts, it was a great refresher on the importance and blessing of friendship. It’s costly and messy and inconvenient, but so very worth the hard work and even the pain. The tone of the book was very conversational, which I’m not used to, but it made me feel like I was being personally discipled by this woman, and her writing style grew on me. Friendship is more fruitful when we focus on being a friend ra [...]

    13. For me, friendship as an adult has been so much more difficult than in previous years. I was so excited to hear about this book and I could not wait to read about what everyone else was doing wrong in friendship! Ha! I didn't expect to be so humbled by reading this book, but I have been. Christine has a gentle boldness in her writing - I value how pointed she is in sharing truth while still doing so very lovingly. She has grown as a writer and I felt she used a great mix of solid resources as we [...]

    14. i devoured this book. i often think of friendships as something that feel established and easy in my life but upon reading this book over the course of a insecure week, i was reminded that friendship is challenging and we can use all the help we can get. i loved the mix of practical tips provided as well as the 30,000 ft view of our struggles with friendship stemming from our sin as well as encountering sin in the world. i also loved the emphasis on scripture and a biblical, christ focused persp [...]

    15. In her book, Messy Beautiful Friendship, Christine Hoover tackles the topic of friendship between women. She doesn’t hold back in her exhortation and encouragement for women who have struggled to find and nurture deep, lasting relationships. The author shares scenes from her personal life story and points out her flaws. Yet her tone is not critical. She writes with wisdom, care, and finesse. Her tone is kind and comforting yet at times a bit forthcoming but for good reason. It is obvious that [...]

    16. In Messy Beautiful Friendship, Christine Hoover shares how those messy packages can often be the most beautiful.Hoover invites us to consider how we're viewing friendship as a whole. She gives us a whole new vision for how we see and approach friendship.When we hold an ideal of friendship in our minds, believing it's attainable, we hold a standard above the heads of real women God has placed in our lives, and then we wonder why we're constantly disappointed by the realities, complexities, and di [...]

    17. Messy Beautiful Friendship: Finding And Nurturing Deep And Lasting Relationships by Christine Hoover is written for Christian women who find themselves wondering when friendship became so difficult.In elementary school, friends were easy to come by. Kids in our class or that we ran into on the playground, the neighbors or children of our parent's friends. Our friends were other kids that we spent time with, had very little in common with, and found things to do together anyway.As we got older, [...]

    18. I agreed with much of what the author said in the book, and I think that for women who have never seriously contemplated the importance, purpose, and challenges of friendship, this will be a very helpful read. Even for those who have considered it before, this will likely serve as a good reminder.  Hoover addresses some issues that are difficult to swallow, such as: friends don't always come "packaged" the way we want them to; one friend cannot be our everything; our friends will hurt us and we [...]

    19. This book is SO good! With short, easy to read chapters, plenty of real life experiences, and plenty of Scripture woven throughout, Christine has written an excellent resource for all Christian women of all ages and stages of life! It was a great reminder that friendship is a beautiful gift from God that He desires for us to enjoy. Sometimes when things get difficult or ugly, the temptation is to give up in that friendship and move on, but Christine points out that it is almost always worth it t [...]

    20. I have often felt the sting of Jesus' words when he tells the disciples that all will know they ARE his disciples by their love for one another. Why a sting? Because loving one another as disciples of Christ doesn't always look pretty, and rarely do I feel like I love my brothers and sisters in Christ in such a way that the world recognizes that love as something unique to God's people. Relationships are messy, we easily retreat, conflict is inevitable, and we want our lives to stay comfortable [...]

    21. Despite the playground memories vowing to our besties that we would be “best friends forever and ever”, adult friendships can be hard! Hoover unpacks friendship from a Biblical perspective in Messy Beautiful Friendship unfolding the layers of what makes a “good” friendship along with the beauty and strength that trials add to them. This book is not what you might expect- it is not frilly or weepy, but rather causes the reader to ask themselves the hard questions about what friendship myt [...]

    22. This was one of the most convicting, practical, applicable books I have ever read. Christine Hoover shares her personal experiences with friendship, the struggles and blessings. As a pastor’s wife and a speaker, Christine has the unique ability of seeing the difficulties friendship can bring from an outsider’s perspective. Through Messy Beautiful Friendship, she talks about the biggest hindrances to friendships and how we can make our friendships stronger.Honestly, I think that we were creat [...]

    23. I picked up this book as a youth pastor because I was hoping to get a glimpse into the way female relationships work. I thought the book was pretty good overall, but I had a hard time following it. Each chapter seems to be it’s own entity without really building on the previous chapters a whole lot, but that could be a mis-interpretation through a male point of view. That being said, I did accomplish exactly what I was hoping to. I was able to see some the issues my female students deal with o [...]

    24. “Messy Beautiful Friendship” by Christine Hoover is a great book on the true meaning of friendship. Christine discusses what it truly means to be a friend. We, as women, all crave relationships. God made us that way! Sometimes, between crazy schedules and just life in general, we have a hard time making and keeping friends. Christine shares stories in her own life of how she struggled with friendships and how she overcame those struggles. There aren’t many books out there on Biblically-bas [...]

    25. **NOTE: This is a book that I won through a giveaway**I just want to start off by saying that I am not extremely religious, although I am methodist. I can identify with and relate to a good amount of what is said by the author in the book. It also brought new concepts to my attention and gave me some things to think about. There are some things said in the book that I don't necessarily agree with but, that is due to me not being religious. I still would recommend this book to anyone looking to [...]

    26. This book is absolutely amazing!! Christine covers almost every aspect of female friendships and does so with solid biblical encouragement all through out. It ministered to me personally as I have been trying to sort through various aspects with other women in my life. She hits on both the joys and challenges of good friendship over and over again. There are many amazing books for Christian women, but this one truly is a MUST read for all women. Wish I could give a copy to every one of my friend [...]

    27. I picked up this book at a women's retreat that was taught by the author, Christine Hoover. The subject matter interested me. I am a military spouse that moves about every 3 years and making friends after each move is hard. This book had a ton of great information on how to give and receive Biblical friendship. I am excited to share this with my friends.

    28. I love Christine's down-to-earth style of writing. She instantly connects with you, and this subject is so needed for us as women. She challenges us to step out in friendship, and press through the hard times, but also encourages us that friendship with other women is such a blessing and gift from God.

    29. This book did not necessarily bring to light any profound or new truths about friendship. Additionally, Christine Hoover’s anecdotal writing style is not my favorite. That being said, this book did encourage and challenge me to apply the simple truths I know more consistently and to reach out in friendship more often. For that, it is well worth the three stars.

    30. Fabulous book!It's waiting in my indigo cart so I can get a copy to write all over! Haha!A authentic and raw look at the vulnerabilities of women's friendship - and the unique way God uses them in the lives of those who choose to enter in. Courage-creating truth!

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