Befriend by Scott Sauls: A Book Review

978-1-4964-0094-9Is real friendship too risky?
We live in a world where real friendship is hard to find. Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, it’s easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences don’t mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital “friends,” we really don’t have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Tragically, even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation.Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship. Scott Sauls, pastor and teacher, invites you to see the breadth of Christ’s love in this book, BeFriend. Join Scott on this journey through twenty-one meditations to inspire actively pursuing God’s love through expanding your circle of friends.Scott has met too many people whose first impulse is to fence off their lives with relational barriers that only end up starving their own souls.Yes, it’s true: Real friendship is costly. Love does make us vulnerable. But without risk, our lives will remain impoverished.

Join Scott in BeFriend as he summons you toward diverse friendship that can enrich your life and, in the process, reveal a better version of yourself.

My Review: I love books about relationships and friendships, so I was definitely eager to read this one! This book was a little different than I expected. It was less about friendship, and more about general acceptance and belonging. I love the concept and the reminder that we are all worthy of love and acceptance and that we need to open up our worlds to see beyond those who “belong” in our comfort zone.

This book does a great job of making you think about the diversity in the world and about how we truly need to love our neighbors and befriend those we wouldn’t typically think to befriend. I also love that the book is broken down into short, easy to read chapters. I think the author had some really genuine and honest insight and I really appreciate his thoughts and perspective.

This book didn’t turn out to be what I expected, but I’m totally okay with that because I feel like it had a lot to offer. We live in a world where separation, isolation and judgement are so high and I really love how the author encourages us to break down those barriers and open up our worlds and our hearts.

*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


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