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A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God's Amazing Embrace

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Live in the love of a God who desires a relationship with you.
Throughout A Friendship Like No Other, renowned spiritual director William A. Barry, SJ, explores the premise that God wants to relate to us as a close friend. Barry has contemplated this idea—radical for many Christians—throughout his lifetime, and he explains that it actually traces back to the “developing re
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Loyola Press
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Ana
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I only have one word for this book, CUTE!
I liked the writing style of the author, in spite of the fact that I found it to be very wordy every once in a while. Neverhteless you eventually loose yourself into its pages, as you comprehend that catholicism holds, at its best, a message of Love and forgiveness.
Glenna
Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book I wasn't sure I was going to appreciate it, but as I read on it really spoke to me. I often feel like my relationship with Christ is like a fan of a movie star...I know all the facts, and I adore, but I don't have a sense of personal connection. This book helped me on that journey
Linda
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
It was good but I started to question the following of one person by another.
The way of life of obedience particularly bothered me- that it would be a way
to God by following someone else's direction simply because you are a follower
of that person's way instead of following the Way of the One Himself the way
that resonates with your own relationship with God.
margaret
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
God is deeply in love with each one of us, hungering for us to enter into a relationship. Passionate. Read with the Jesuit Retreat House Lay Leadership group. Great discussion!
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Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Wonderful, good for meditating on what he writes.
Patti Clement
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about entering into a relationship with Jesus! I was inspired to develop a weekend retreat based on this book.
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Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Terrific book about how to engage in a friendship and relationship with God. Perfect Advent reading.
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William (Bill) Barry, a distinguished spiritual director and author, was born in Worchester, MA. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1950, studied philosophy in Germany from 1953 until 1956, and was at Weston College for theology studies from 1959 until 1963. Ordained a priest in 1962, Barry went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1968.

In 1969, he began tea
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