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The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments

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Whether next door or in the next time zone, our friends provide some of our most important relationships. We cherish time spent with them, endure time spent apart, and look forward to the next time we can have coffee or rush to greet them as they walk toward our door. And nothing warms our hearts like reading stories of true friendship.

Collecting over fifty true stories fr
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Carole Jarvis
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I tend to be an introvert, so this book really spoke to me. Not that I don’t have friends, because I do; but I often fail to stay connected with them like I should. In fact, I wasn’t very far into this collection before I stopped to phone and write notes to a few of those special people in my life, and was greatly blessed as a result.

The Gift of Friendship is an inspirational collection from several of today’s popular writers, edited by Dawn C
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“The Gift of Friendship” is of full stories by different writers that prompted me to reminisce on moments I’ve shared with my own friends. Community is worth celebrating and that’s what this book does beautifully. There are stories of heartache redeemed, surprise friendships, and everyday community that reinforced my belief we really are better together.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I couldn't possibly get through life without my girlfriends. I have friends that I've known since childhood, friends from college that I've reconnected with because our kids are in the same school, best friends and casual friends, and friends for all seasons of my life. Each one fills a need in my heart and knows just what to say or do at just the right time. When we moved to this small community over twelve years ago, I was nervous about leaving my friends behind, knowing that with some of them ...more
Dominique *Mama Bear Reads*
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(This review is also posted on Mama Bear Reads at

I grew up as a military brat. I traveled the world with my family up until I was in high school. I went to 16 different schools, and lived numerous places. I made friends with ease and had quite a bit of social confidence.

Then something happened. What, I am not sure, but that confidence is no longer there.

There is honestly nothing I struggle with more than making friends. I feel incredibly awkward in any social set
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Camp now returns with 'The Gift of Friendship', once again gathering the best writers from around the Christian blogosphere to write on ''stories that celebrate the beauty of shared moments".

To be forthright, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. 'Friendship' still has a comfortable, "Chicken Soup for the Soul" vibe to it and blessedly (for this mom of a newborn) all the entries were short. However, I didn't feel that their stories/words struck me as profound. None of them truly jumped ou
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to read this book as part of the launch team. I loved this book and it came at the most perfect time. A time when I am struggling to form new friendships as a 30 year old. Oftentimes, when people have to form new friendships later in life, it is because they have moved to a new town. In my case, it is the opposite; I have stayed in my town and all my friends have moved away. It is hard making friends as an adult.

I can honestly say every single story in this book touched me in some
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is just what I needed right now in my season of new beginnings. The Gift of Friendship is a reminder and encouragement of the importance of surrounding and maintaining good friendships. I read this book in ebook format but feel it is most appropriately kept in a physical copy. Filled with short stories or excerpts from Christian women, this book will be your push to connect when you become complacent.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, christian
I just finished this darling little book. It was like sitting down with a cup of hot tea and reminiscing with your oldest friends. Relationships are always full of hill and valleys, and this collection of women and their stories show the tapestry of relationships in an engaging and familiar way. I have hit a strange point in my life where it feels like making new friends is more work than its worth, and this book has really challenged me to look for people I can touch even if we only meet for "a ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this collection of blog posts about all kinds of friendships. Most of the short reads make you smile and think about your own friends, how you met, how long you have been friends, and what keeps you friends. At the end of each read is a quote about friendship. Here’s one of my favorites: You can trust us to stick to you through thick or thin- to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secrets of yours- closer than you yourself keep it. But you cannot trust us to let you face t ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was very lovely, all about friendship but it focused too much on religion.
Jen Bradbury
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
My favorite comedy is Friends, I think because for years, I longed for the kind of close-knit friendships depicted in the show. Thanks to an amazing small group experience a decade ago, I found those kinds of friends – friends that have been with me through thick and thin, through job changes and moves, and through miscarriages and birth. They've challenged my faith, carried it when it's been nearly gone, and held hope for me when I thought it, too, had all but disappeared.
It's these friends I
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read Dawn’s words in the introduction of her new book, The Gift of Friendship: Don’t let anyone tell you that a friendship that begins online lacks a foundation. Treasure friendship in whatever form it comes. I wanted to weep.

Instead, my mind kept repeating: Someone understands! while I smiled to myself. It’s difficult to explain to people how close you can become to others through having a blog. Though it doesn’t happen immediately, I think it may have something to do with sharing our hearts
The Gift of Friendship was a truly inspiring book for me. I don't always think that about a collection of short anecdotes and personal sharing about a topic, but this was different.

Dawn Camp, the editor of this book, is an (in)courage contributor, and along with other (in)courage contributors and some other well known online figures, she aims to reveal stories about how much one really needs a friend.

The book deals with different topics all having to do with an aspect of friendship. Whether it'
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank You for Being My Friend


Do you remember what you did the last time you were with a friend? You can probably recite where you were, and how you felt about it, even if it was long ago. No doubt that memory will cause you to recall other times you were with a friend, too. Friendships with others are important to us, whether it is with someone you haven't known for long, or with someone that goes back for year
Krista D
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first picked up the book "The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments" (edited by Dawn Camp), I was impressed by the list of contributors (Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, Liz Curtis Higgs, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Renee Swope, Lysa Terkeurst and the list goes on) but wondered if it would have more fluff than heart and meat. Yet when I started reading it, I could not put it down.

This book celebrates the beauty of friendships of many types, encourages you to remember
The Gift of Friendship is a collection of blog posts from various authors, speakers, and bloggers on the topic of friendship. Centered around topics like “Building Community,” “It Takes a Friend to Be a Friend,” “Friendship on Purpose,” and “Vulnerability,” each essay Camp gathered follows the typical Blog formula: easy to read, a few lines of self-deprecating humor, and a quick message. None of it gets too deeply, but much of it makes you smile. And none of them will take you more than five min ...more
Victor Gentile
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dawn Camp in her new book, “The Gift Of Friendship” published by Revell gives us Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments.

From the Back Cover: Whether next door or in the next time zone, our friends are some of our most vital relationships. We cherish time spent together and look forward to the next time we can solve the world’s problems over coffee. There is something about a true friend that no other relationship can touch.

Collecting over fifty true stories from some of today’s best
Kim Wells
This lovely book is like a conference in book form. The chapters are short but poignant, and each are written by sweet women who bear their hearts and souls with their words. I laughed, I cried, I highlighted – what more could I possibly ask for. This isn’t my regular non-fiction, self-help book. It’s remarkably different both in style and in content. This is a book that makes you feel in the deepest places within yourself. As I read through the stories contained in this book (which are as varie ...more
Joanne Viola
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In her book, The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments, Dawn Camp brings a collection of stories that celebrate the beauty of friendship. Every story in itself is an invitation to have your heart warmed as each one will remind you of the gift represented by each of the friends in your own life.

Friendships come in all shapes and sizes. Some last a life time. Some for a short span of time. But each one is meant for a purpose in our lives.

We cherish the time spent
Just Commonly
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"We need our people. We need friends standing in our corner, cheering us on, believing in us. We need listening ears, shares of inside jokes, keepers of secrets. We need those who laugh when we laugh, cry when we cry, and then pass the chips and salsa...that's the gift of friendship." - Dawn Camp (19)

Well said, Dawn. Just like in her first book, The Beauty of Grace, The Gift of Friendship is a collection of personal stories from writers, with the power to bring grace to our lives. Every single s
Stephanie  Bishop
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These women share their favorite memories of times with their closest friends. Heartwarming and beautiful reminders that friends are important in every stage and season of life. Whether our houses are a mess, or our lives are turned upside down. The best friends will be there to help you fold the laundry and put the pieces back together.

They share how sometimes a chance meeting with a stranger turns into a beautiful friendship. Or how a one time meeting taught them how to be a great friend again
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grab a cup of coffee and have lunch with some of the best friends of your life. Whether you're listening to stories from Holley Gerth, Liz Curtis Higgs, Lysa Terkeurst, Renee Swope, Dawn Camp, Jessica Turner, Lisa Jo Baker or many more, be ready for the collection of the perfect pick me-up. These stories are healing, holy and worth your time no matter the season of life you find yourself in. I found this book to be incredibly uplifting, entertaining and encouraging. I felt like I was at Starbuck ...more
Katrina Epperson
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Only a few pages into this book and I already knew my

opinion of it.


I was barely a few pages and and automatically I was

thinking of my friendships, both past and present. I recently

connected with a close friend from my childhood days on

Facebook and was flooded with a wealth of memories that were so

sweet that they made me homesick. We have both moved from our hometown,

but I was heartsick to go back to the time and place

when we wadded in the creek, ran down gravel roads, played do
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Women
Recommended to Michelle by: Revell
"The Gift of Friendship" is an inspirational book written by Dawn Camp, a forward by Jennifer Dukes Lee (popular blogger), with friendship tips from other inspiring women. The book is about different aspects of being a friend. Being an old friend, a new friend and how to build those relationships. I believe the theme of this book could be summed up in these words by Jennifer Dukes Lee, "We are better together."
I like how the cover speaks of friendship; just sitting and relaxing. Just being yo
Melissa Lee
I received a copy of The Gift of Friendship: Stories that Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments edited by Dawn Camp, from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I found that many of these stories were geared towards busy mothers in need of a caring friend. Although I don’t fall into that specific set I was able to relate to many of the things mentioned throughout The Gift of Friendship. In fact I had quite a profound reading experience as I made my way through the pages. Although it is
Denise Hershberger
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't often read collections of stories but this cover grabbed my attention along with the topic of friendship.

I've lived in 5 cities since I graduated college 10 years ago. All of those moves were by choice but moving that much makes friendships challenging. Reading this book made me think back to the special people from each time in my life. But it also made me long for that same level of friendship where we live now - both for myself and my husband.

There was one story in particular that r
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments is a compilation of essays about friendship among women. The book is edited by Dawn Camp, and features stories from writers including Camp, Becky Keife, Sarah Forgrave, and many more. The book reminded me of something you might see in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. The essays were heartfelt, and they were written in genuine, down-to-earth ways. One of my favorite essays was “In which I tell the truth about women ...more
Julie D.
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This is a lovely book full of encouraging little stories that really blessed me and made me smile.

The stories are easy to relate to and it was comforting to see that some of the things I've been through, others have, too. I loved the comfort each story brought with Scriptures and other quotes. There are also beautiful black and white photos throughout that just make the book that much more enjoyable. So many of the authors are my favorites and their writing is excellent and Biblical.

This book e
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Friendships are the glue that hold us together when our world seems crazy. Friendships can nurture, bolster, and encourage us. God gave us the beautiful gift of friendships so we could feel His love more fully. Read stories of beautiful friendships between women who feel like they are your friend too.

I really enjoyed this book. The stories were heartfelt and meaningful. Each person brought out different positives and blessings of friendship. The book was easy to read since each story was separat
Hallie Szott
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

Like The Beauty of Grace, The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments holds a collection of stories from a variety of writers. This beautiful little book focuses on the topic of friendship and community - the importance of it, how to build it and maintain it, and more - and has something to offer each and every one of its readers. I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt encouraged and inspired by the end of it. It’s an entirely
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