This book is a radical idea and shows us how to make it happen. To many of us God is remote, buried in catechisms with answers dutifully to be memorized. Few of us would dare say, "God is my friend," whether casual, close or best. We have been educated by commands from on high to love God with all we've got and be grateful for God's love for us. Some of us smile at such lofty ideals and keep God off in the nice-sounding, spiritual world far from ours, where we live and move and have our daily being with our friends. That is, until we read William Barry on friendship. He writes in the way we speak to and with those friends we are so fortunate to have, without whom it would be really tough to live. I began this book with that smile, then found myself frowning at myself, and then nodding assent to having God as a friend. I thought of husbands who say, "I love my wife and she is my best friend." And the wives saying back, "I love my husband and he is my best friend." As if "love" and "friend" were incompatible. We hold back from saying or thinking, "I love God, and he is my best friend." Is "love" when used with "God" so different that "friend" is barred from "God"? William Barry thinks that God as friend is a kind of relationship we never actually thought about, might even be a radical idea. And so, he wrote this book out of personal experiences, his own and those who came to him for spiritual guidance. He shows us how God and we can be friends, even best friends. It's not only a new way of thinking about God, it's a new way of being ourselves. What's life without friends? And why should God be locked out? Read this book and you will have a new friend, not at the beginning perhaps, but halfway through you'll want it to happen. And at the end, you'll read that last paragraph and say "Yes, and thanks for the offer." It reads: "God wants friendship with you and with me and with all our brothers and sisters in the world. Let's take the offer, shall we? Bless you all."