Do you want better friendships? Of course you do, and so do I. More than that, we need better friendships. To achieve such, we can either get better friends or be a better friend. Only one of these options works consistently. Drew Hunter’s new book Made for Friendship; The Relationship that Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys (Wheaton: Crossway, 2018) helps us all become that better friend.
Drew is the teaching pastor at Zionsville Fellowship in Zionsville, Indiana, and I’m thankful he’s my friend. We don’t get to spend as much time together as we would like, but we meet regularly in a preaching fellowship for pastors here in Central Indiana. I always leave Drew’s presence encouraged. More than that, I leave doubly encouraged because I see his intentionality in developing genuine friendship with me to the extent possible within the limitations of our time. Before I ever knew he was writing this book, his influence in my life made me a better friend to others. That's the sort of man you want writing a book on friendship.
You need to read Made for Friendship because we live in a day when we have a thousand friends on social media but live in isolation. Not many thorough works have been written on the subject from a biblical perspective recently, and Made for Friendship is a wonderful start to a subject that deserves even more study in years to come.
Drew draws from the whole of Scripture as well as the biographies and works of people throughout history to lead our thinking and meditation--ultimately to Jesus Christ himself. He reviews the necessity of friendship, dwells on the gift of friendship, and articulates the redemption of friendship.
Chapter five, Cultivating Friendship, is worth the price of the book if you want practical guidance on how to become a better friend.
In his short work, Drew surveys the landscape of friendship in our culture and so writes a book that is more timely than timeless. But, timely it is because it applies timeless truths to our day and age. It’s pithy too. At the very least, you’ll be a better Facebook friend as you plaster your wall with quotes.
As you might expect, Made for Friendship is designed to be read together with friends. Discussion questions punctuate each chapter. So, take up and read...with a friend!