About the Book:
Young women long for relational connection with women further ahead of them on the journey. Yet, without realizing it, many of us tend to distance ourselves from those in younger generations.
Can we really have close relationships with women who have different thoughts on church, different experiences with family, and different ways of talking about God? Where do we start?
In A Friend in Me, Pam Lau shows you how to be a safe place for the younger women in your life. She offers five patterns women need to internalize and practice for initiating relationships and talking about issues such as faith, forgiveness, sexuality, and vocation. Most significantly, she reminds you that there doesn’t need to be a divide between generations of women. Together, we can have a global impact—and experience a deeper faith than we’ve ever known.
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About the Author:
Pam Lau is the author of Soul Strength and numerous articles for such publications as Christian Scholar’s Review and Christianity Today. She has taught writing at George Fox University and speaks around the country at conferences and retreats. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University, Lau lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three daughters.
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:3-5 ESV
As I begin this review, I want us to keep in mind that the older women are to teach or train those younger than us how to be godly women. In a Friend in Me, Pam takes a look at what us women can do for each other – it seems there is a chasm in the church today between the older women and the younger, we don’t mingle or if we do it’s merely superficial. How are the younger ladies to learn if we don’t do more than scratch the surface? Pam gives readers ideas of how to really learn from one another, in some ways I’m the older woman, I can teach the younger ones how to have a godly marriage and refrain from making the mistakes I did but on the other hand I’m the younger woman too, navigating the roads of widowhood with young children. We need to come alongside each other and listen and teach and help.
There is a whole section on talking about sexuality with women, and honestly that isn’t something I’m comfortable talking about with a woman or I don’t know well – especially when things today are fraught with confusing messages that women can be men, men can be women, being homosexual isn’t a sin and so on. I also wouldn’t want another woman discussing these issues with my daughters, and that is why I leave lines of communication open at home so I can be the older woman teaching the younger. Overall though I really enjoyed this book and I think it would be great to lead a study on it for those in my church, there is much more that needs to be done for women in the church – especially when our society has become so adept at blurring those lines and A Friend in Me makes me want to be more available to the women in my church.
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