I deeply value friendships that are authentic, deep and encourage spiritual growth with accountability and prayer. These types of friendships are ones that are uplifting in the weary parts of my days, they are life-giving instead of life-draining.
That’s why I was excited to receive a copy of Soul Friends by Leslie Parrot. She wrote books like Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, Love Talk, God Made You Nose to Toes, The Good Fight, and You Matter More than You Think, among others. She and her husband, Les, have been a voice in the Christian marriage health topic for years.
I was anticipating a deep book – with deep thoughts and challenges – about the glory of friendships who spur women into greater understanding of God and how He works in community among friends.
Therefore, I was a bit disappointed when I started reading the book and found that it read like disjointed blog posts smashed together in a book. Most of the chapters were light-hearted and “fluffy” (for lack of a better word) with words that are not natural toward deep thinking, like “Quest” in place of “purpose”. It seems like the author is trying too hard to think of creative ways to communicate which makes it distracting or confusing from whatever message she is actually trying to convey.
At the end of each chapter is a section called “Soul Souvenirs” which consists of a couple of questions meant to provoke thoughtfulness and reflection from the material. Some were good questions, while others seemed frivolous.
In fact, I never did finish the book. I simply wanted a book with substance – the “meat and potatoes” of exhortation for vulnerability and spiritual sharpening – and this book lacked substance. I would put this book in the same class as many light devotionals that are out there. While it’s not my preferred flavor of reading, it’s probably somebody’s.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.