Becoming Gertrude by Janice Peterson: A Book Review

Becoming Gertrude is one woman’s wisdom on the beauty of spiritual friendship and God’s unfolding grace over the course of a life lived for Him. Jan uses the term spiritual friendshipto capture this idea of journeying with others through life, sharing experiences and wisdom and seeking God together. In Becoming Gertrude, Jan wants to be your spiritual friend, sharing what she’s learned and painting a picture of what you might uncover as you seek to develop these kinds of relationships in your own life.

Join Jan in exploring the critical pieces of spiritual friendship: hospitality, encouragement, acceptance, serving, and caring. With seasoned wisdom and winsome stories, Jan uses personal experiences to walk you through what each of these things can mean in your life. You can have rich, rewarding, faith-filled friendships that emerge from the everyday rhythms of your days—and Becoming Gertrude will lead you on that journey.

My Review: I really appreciate this book. Friendship is a subject I find that is so often neglected, but it’s such a vital part of our lives. I love how the author shares experiences from her life, and examples of friendship in action.

Caring, accepting, serving, offering hospitality and encouraging. These are the elements that should be in action in our friendships. We need to be intentional in these things. I also love the idea of spiritual friendship that is presented in this book. I haven’t looked at things from that perspective as much as I should, and in the future I intend to be on the lookout for friendships that can become spiritual friendships.

I love the simplicity of this book. It’s short and sweet, but packed with so much truth. I’m thankful for an author that gently reminds us of how truly valuable friendship is.

*In exchange for my honest review, Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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