True friendship just happens naturallyor does it? Why does it sometimes seem so hard? Why does it so often hurt us? And why is it sometimes more difficult to make friends within the church? We expect our friendships with fellow Christians to be deeper and truer, but often they have the same shallownessand problemsas everyone else's. In The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship, Jonathan Holmes guides us through the tangled but joyful journey of sharing our lives with other believers. He begins by setting forth a careful definition of biblical friendship, then describes the everyday substitutes that we typically settle for. He enumerates the characteristics of true spiritual friendship and, finally, explains how to recognize and overcome common hindrances to attaining it when we inevitably fall short. Through it all, Holmes is pastoral and transparent. 'There aren't any overnight solutions. Like virtually everything else in the Christian life, change comes gradually.' This is not a manual of do's and don'ts, but an honest look at an essential component of the Christian walk. Holmes shares his own struggles and missteps, while still leaving the reader filled with hope and encouragement.
- 117 pages