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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Zacharias Davis Narrator: Sarah Zacharias Davis Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781608145126
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Why are women’s friendships so tricky?

During a particularly painful time in her life, Sarah Zacharias Davis learned how delightful–and wounding–women can be in friendship. She saw how some friendships end badly, others die slow deaths, and how a chance acquaintance can become that enduring friend you need.

The Friends We Keep is Sarah’s thoughtful account of her own story and the stories of other women. Her revealing discoveries tackle the questions every woman asks:

• Why do we long so for women friends?
• Do we need friends like we need air or food or water?
• What causes cattiness, competition, and codependency in too many friendships?
• Why do some friendships last forever and others only a season?
• How do I foster friendship?
• When is it time to let a friend go, and how do I do so?

With heartfelt, intelligent writing, Sarah explores these questions and more with personal stories, cultural references, history, faith, and grace. In the process, she delivers wisdom for navigating the challenges, mysteries, and delights of friendship: why we need friendships with other women; what it means to be safe in relationship; and how to embrace what a friend has to offer, whether meager or generous.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] satisfying primer on women’s friendships…they afford women the opportunity to review their own past and present friendships.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • The Friends We Keep is a true and tender testimony to the joys and struggles we women experience in our friendships with one another.”

    Leigh McLeroy, author of The Beautiful Ache and Treasured

  • “Friendships take years to cultivate yet can be lost in a matter of minutes. Sarah Zacharias Davis deftly explores the complex terrain of that human bond, explaining why so many of us long to be known and how important it is cultivate at least a few faithful people who will stand beside us the rest of our lives.”

    Julia Duin, author of Quitting Church: Why the Faithful are Fleeing and What to Do About It

  • “Sarah’s words could not come at a better time. Too many of us have allowed our female friendships to slip on the priority scale, and this book is the perfect reminder of the essential, beautifully ordained connection between women…This book reads like the voice of a friend, intimate and true.”

    Kristin Armstrong, the author of Happily Ever After: Walking with Peace and Courage Through a Year of Divorce

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 9/25/2013

    " A very interesting read, gave me a lot of insight into how friendships begin, grow, and fade over different seasons of life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 9/19/2013

    " way more christian than I can enjoy . . . some good points, glad it was short. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malerie | 8/15/2013

    " Reads like a vignette of stories of friendship...which, if that was the intended purpose of the book, I may have enjoyed it more- however disappointingly, the cover promises answers to questions I'd still like to know... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorie | 3/21/2013

    " I wouldn't read this book again or suggest it. I felt like it was alot based on what she thought plus she quoted more people and their books, thoughts, quotes. When looking for this it came up under religion but rarely did she use the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 11/18/2012

    " it changed my outlook on friendship and the bond that women share. I will never look at life the same way since I've enconntered this book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 5/22/2012

    " This author disappointed me. Too many references to movie characters in the first chapter. Then an evolutionistic type story shared in the second chapter. Where is the Bible in this? I can't read any more. This book wasn't for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kahri Lynn | 3/9/2012

    " Not as good of a book as I was hoping. Had a few good points but nothing new added to the other non-fiction friendship books I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kahri | 1/8/2011

    " Not as good of a book as I was hoping. Had a few good points but nothing new added to the other non-fiction friendship books I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 12/16/2010

    " it changed my outlook on friendship and the bond that women share. I will never look at life the same way since I've enconntered this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 10/14/2010

    " Great book on understanding the different 'kinds' of friends we have in our lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 10/24/2009

    " A very interesting read, gave me a lot of insight into how friendships begin, grow, and fade over different seasons of life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 8/18/2009

    " This author disappointed me. Too many references to movie characters in the first chapter. Then an evolutionistic type story shared in the second chapter. Where is the Bible in this? I can't read any more. This book wasn't for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 6/2/2009

    " Thoughtful and full of relevant comparisons. I wished it were more of a do's and dont's kind of book, but none the less, it made me take a long look in the mirror.
    Worth reading. "

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About the Author

Sarah Zacharias Davis is a senior advancement officer at Pepperdine University, having joined the university after working as vice president of marketing and development for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and in strategic marketing for CNN. The daughter of bestselling author Ravi Zacharias, she is the author of the critically-acclaimed Confessions from an Honest Wife and Transparent: Getting Honest About Who We are and Who We Want to Be. She graduated from Covenant College with a degree in education and lives in Los Angeles, California.