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Book Review ~ To Be Called “Girlfriend” (Is A Privilege) by Patricia Stuart

About the Book

ALJ0260 Digest-Soft-CoverPatricia Stuart is a native New Yorker whose passion for writing began many years ago when she began writing her own journals for writing, while Elementary school.

She uses her writing to inform, encourage, teach, and to inspire others. Patricia’s style of writing makes you feel as if she is right in your living room holding a personal conversation with you.

She is straightforward and blunt a she tackles the subject matter of ‘Girlfriends’.

 

 

 

Genre

Christian/Self-help/Women’s Non-fiction

My Rating

***** (5 Stars)

My Review

This is a lovely book—honest in its approach, refreshing in its theme, and a short read that can be finished in one sitting. In this book, Stuart attempts to explore what friendship is really all about, and what it truly means to be called a friend, from God’s perspective. She sets the premise using a dining table that requires etiquettes and accessories—not only necessary for friendship to work, but to test if it will, in the first place. She lays on the table the required ingredients—what is needed from both sides—and what certainly isn’t. Characters in the Bible like Hannah, Peninnah, Rachael, Leah, Jezebel, Athaliah, and Herodias are put in the spotlight to help examine certain behaviors/habits that are destructive to a friendship, as well as those that helpful in the long run.

This book also holds up a mirror to you (if you’re willing to be honest with yourself) to cross-examine yourself to see if you make a good friend to someone else, and also how to improve and become a better friend.

In summary, this book does these three things:

  1. It informs you on who a friend is, what they’re not, and if the relationship is right for you, or in balance.
  2. It helps you to test if you’re a true friend to someone else—not with the intent to condemn, but to let you know where there’s need for improvement, and to not lose hope because improvement is indeed possible.
  3. It sets you free in the sense that it lets you know that there are such things as unhealthy friendships, and like a bad romance, it’s okay to walk away, and that healing is possible afterwards. Also, it is important to not walk away without first giving that friendship your best effort, and honestly determining what went wrong if you eventually decide to walk away.

These lines stood out to me the most:

“… [Friendship] is not take-out! It’s fine dining. And fine dining is more costly …”

“Would you be friends with yourself?”

*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My appreciation to the author, Pat Stuart, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

**My apologies to you, Pat, for taking this long to publish my review of this wonderful book. I thank you with all heart for granting me the privilege to read it. It was timely and truly a blessing to me! And I look forward to other books by you. God bless!

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About the Author


Patricia Stuart is a native NeIMG_9408w Yorker whose passion for writing began many years ago when she began creating her own journals for writing while in Elementary school.

She uses her writing to inform, encourage, teach and to inspire others. Patricia’s style of writing makes you feel as if she is right in your living room holding a personal conversation with you.

Find Patricia here!

 

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