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True Friendship [Paperback]

Vaughan Roberts
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1 Dec 2013
In a culture where online communications and communities can be set up in seconds, it is striking that loneliness is still rampant. Even in the church, a place where we might hope for an oasis of love and acceptance, we can find interactions awkward and superficial. It s for this reason that Vaughan Roberts takes us back to the Bible, and challenges us to consider our need for true friendship. He s both honest and clear in his approach as he shows us that knowing and being known by God is the hope we need to begin to deal with the sickness of our self love society. So whatever the state of your friendships, take heart and take hold of this book because as you do, you ll see that we can live out our true humanity as we sacrificially love others for God s glory. Each chapter includes thoughtful reflection and discussion questions to help change us as we read, as well as practical suggestions for how we can make a real difference to our friendships.


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: 10Publishing (1 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909611328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909611320
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vaughan Roberts is Rector of St Ebbe s, Oxford. He is President of The Proclamation Trust and the author of numerous books including God s Big Picture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, punchy, clear, and biblical 20 May 2014
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Like Vaughan’s other books, True Friendship is insightful, punchy, clear, and biblical. He writes as a Pastor to ordinary people (Vaughan serves as Minister of St Ebbe's Church in Oxford and President of the Proclamation Trust), and it’s hard to imagine anyone struggling to understand what he’s saying. If you can read English, you can read True Friendship.

And yet behind this easy style lies a remarkable depth of theological and pastoral reflection. Vaughan has clearly read widely and deeply on the subject of friendship, and brings us insights from (among others) the 12th-century English monk Aelred of Rievaulx, the 19th-century theologian Hugh Black, and the 20th-century Catholic Priest Henri Nouwen, along with more familiar names such as C. S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer. Vaughan encourages his readers to take time chewing over what he says, and each chapter ends with questions for reflection, making the book ideal for group discussion.

There’s certainly plenty to discuss. For though True Friendship is short (less than 100 pages), each chapter is terse and thought-provoking, and the book as a whole covers a remarkable range of biblical, theological, and pastoral material. The first chapter sets the scene: friendship is a reflection of the gospel itself, the message that lies at the heart of the Scriptures and reveals the relational character of God himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Friendship is therefore crucial for all of us, for in cultivating friendships we come to reflect more closely the image of God.

The following five chapters reflect on friendship from several other angles: true friendship is close, constant, candid, careful, and Christ-centred. A few highlights will give a flavour of the book’s many strengths.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read with prayer! 11 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great read and well worth giving time and prayer as you go through. The fact that it sets friendship in the context of the gospel storyline God is working out in the world, with Jesus the Friend of Sinners right at its heart, was particularly wonderful. I found myself thinking with warmth and thankfulness of close friends God has brought into my life; but it was also really hard to avoid the challenge the book helpfully brings, especially in the areas of being honest in friendship and inviting criticism and challenge. Read it, but prepare to be praying and recognising the need for change as you do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource 20 Feb 2014
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This will serve you well in your life and others. A short compact read that is well worth the time to invest in gleaning insight from it. I will seek to apply what I learned from this to my relationships. It will also help me to better communicate about the importance of friendship to my family and those I serve.
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