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The Friendship Project
The Catholic Woman's Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends
Author: Michele Faehnle
Author: Emily Jaminet
Foreword by: Larry Richards
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: September 22, 2017
Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet are busy wives, mothers, and volunteers. They are also friends, Catholic speakers, and the dedicated coauthors of Divine Mercy for Moms, which continues to inspire women to come together to pray, study, and live in friendship around the Divine Mercy devotion. In the midst of their active lives, Faehnle and Jaminet found themselves missing their old friends and searching for new ones. They also realized that they needed to continually work to develop deep, meaningful relationships that would allow them to be themselves, to care for others and be cared for, and to deepen their Catholic faith.
In The Friendship Project, Faehnle and Jaminet explore the cardinal and theological virtues with an eye toward friendship. Focusing on faith, hope, love, prudence, gratitude, loyalty, generosity, and prayerfulness, they help us answer questions such as, “What does it mean to be women of hope, and how does that change our lives and make us more compassionate friends during difficult times?” and “How does prayerfulness teach us how to listen to and talk with both God and our friends, which helps us reach out to those we love?”
Faehnle and Jaminet answer these questions and more by employing Church teaching and telling us stories of their own friendships and those from the lives of saints and biblical women—including the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her sister Servant of God Léonie, and Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. Not only will you be drawn closer to friends both new and old but you’ll also be reminded how these friendships—and the virtues you practice to nurture them—draw you closer to God.
Prayers, discussion questions, and a study guide make this a perfect resource for women’s groups.
"A compelling case for the lost art of spiritual friendship."
"In an age that values social networks over face-to-face relationships, Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet make a compelling case for the lost art of spiritual friendship. They draw from a rich vein of personal experience and the lives of the saints to prove that the old proverb is still true: to have a friend, you must be a friend. Read this book to find out how."
Colleen Carroll Campbell
Author of My Sisters the Saints
"How to find and invest in intentional and virtuous friendships."
"The Bible says that 'a faithful friend is a sturdy shelter and he that has found one has found a treasure.' The same goes for finding this book! We are all a work in progress, and while finding virtuous friendships can be difficult, they are vital in life. The Friendship Project shows us just how to find and invest in these intentional and virtuous friendships."
Speaker and author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships
"Inspiring and uplifting."
"We live in a technology-driven world where people are instantly connected, yet in our own personal lives, we often feel isolated and alone. The Friendship Project is an inspiring and uplifting answer to how we can be internally connected and equipped to form lasting friendships—first with God and second with others. It underscores the truth that happiness lies in living a virtuous life."
Sr. John Dominic, O.P.
Developer of Disciple of Christ, Education in Virtue
"Fascinating, spiritual powerhouse of practical help."
"Treat yourself and your friends to The Friendship Project! It's an inspired masterpiece with each chapter a fascinating, spiritual powerhouse of practical help and fun ways to make your life happier and holier."
Mary Ann Budnik
Author of the Raise Happy Children series
"A meaningful reflection on the purpose and value of friendship."
"A meaningful reflection on the purpose and value of friendship, seen in the light of the Catholic faith. Drawing on the writings of saints and scholars, The Friendship Project gives readers a deeper insight into the power of authentic relationships as a valuable aid to holiness and happiness."
Sr. Brittany Harrison, F.M.A.
Campus Minister at Mary Help of Christians Academy
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