Made for Friendship: The Relationship That Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys

By Drew Hunter, Foreword by Ray Ortlund

Made for Friendship

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Made for Friendship: The Relationship That Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys

By Drew Hunter, Foreword by Ray Ortlund

God made you for friendship.

Friendship is one of the deepest pleasures of life. But in our busy, fast-paced, mobile world, we’ve lost this rich view of friendship and instead settled for shallow acquaintances based on little more than similar tastes or shared interests.

Helping us recapture a vision of true friendship, pastor Drew Hunter explores God’s design for friendship and what it really looks like in practice—giving us practical advice to cultivate the kinds of true friendships that lead to true and life-giving joy.


Author:

Drew Hunter (MA, Wheaton College) is the teaching pastor at Zionsville Fellowship in Zionsville, Indiana. He previously served as a minister for young adults at Grace Church of DuPage and taught religious studies at College of DuPage. Drew and his wife, Christina, live in Zionsville, Indiana, and have three children.


Endorsements:

“‘We talk about community but not friendship.’ Drew Hunter is right, and in Made for Friendship he fills the church’s gap with deep theological truths and helpful practical tools regarding friendship. I’m grateful for this resource!”
Christine Hoover, author, Messy Beautiful Friendship and Searching for Spring

“This is one of those books with that rare combination of beautiful theology, painful conviction, soothing grace, practical wisdom, inspiring motivation, and enjoyable writing. I hope it will bear much fruit in many lives, starting with my own.”
David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“Drew Hunter will capture you with his compelling vision of friendship. Beautifully written, these pages are filled with fresh insight and practical wisdom. Reading this book will ignite your desire to be a better friend and to savor the joys of friendship.”
Colin S. Smith, Senior Pastor, The Orchard, Arlington Heights, Illinois

“Many contemporary realities work against our attempts to establish and cultivate deep, lasting friendships. Add to that our sinful tendencies that lead us to isolate ourselves, and it’s no wonder many of us are lonely and, dare I say, friendless. In Made for Friendship, Drew Hunter reminds us of the basic human need for true friendships. And through historical, biblical, and practical wisdom, he equips us to pursue and foster the kinds of friendships that will half our sorrows and double our joys. I, for one, am thankful for this much-needed reminder!”
Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas; author, Seven Dangers Facing Your Church

“Meaningful friendships may be one of the most overlooked areas of church health in our time. If we are going to make disciples, the task will bring with it richness of relationships. This book calls us to relational depth for the sake of our own souls, and for the sake of the gospel.”
Matt Boswell, hymnwriter; Pastor, The Trails Church, Celina, Texas


Table of Contents:

Forward by Ray Ortland Jr.
Introduction 

Part 1: The Necessity of Friendship 

1. Forgotten Friendship
2. The Edenic Ache

Part 2: The Gift of Friendship 

3. The Greatest of Worldly Goods
4. A Friend Who Is as Your Own Soul
5. Cultivating Friendship

Part 3: The Redemption of Friendship 

6. A Biblical Theology of Friendship 
7. The Great Friend 

Acknowledgements
Further Reading
Notes
General Index
Scripture Index


Specifications:

Category: Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 192
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5819-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5819-1
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 7.26 ounces
Published: June 30, 2018