Friendship Reading

Books with Friends

I’ve really struggled this summer to know how to write about all that swirls in our world.

For now, I’ve decided to write less and listen and read more. I know I have a lot to learn. So over these summer months, I read some books that friends recommended. Already this reading has led to some fruitful, one-on-one conversations.

Rather than heap more words in your inbox, I want to offer you a visual book review.

Multiple friends encouraged me to read The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, and I finally did. So helpful to understand myself (positives and negatives) and those I love.
Several writing friends suggested I read Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience. I’m glad I did. It helped me see historical events through the eyes of a black woman who lived and suffered through them and found healing and strength in God.
While reading a book on loyalty, I noticed the author’s frequent references to the biblical Book of Job so I dove in and read it several times. What a messy read, full of people thrashing around trying to find answers to the question: “Why is there suffering in this world?” I can relate.
A friend at work gave me A Woman Is No Man after she finished it. What a poignant, fictional glimpse into the life of an Arab-American woman. Great to catch a glimpse of life for women in another culture and then talk to my friend about it.
I read an early copy of The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of Our Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time and would love to talk with you about it. (It comes out in early August.) Lots to learn here, including that research concludes friendships at work actually benefit both employers and employees.

Let me know if you decide to read one of these titles. I would love to hear what you think. And, of course, let me know if you have a book suggestion.

Cheering you on as you seek to live connected, even in this pandemic world of ours.

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