Synopses & Reviews
"Catholic journalist Poust writes with simplicity and directness about spiritual friendship--the connection people can make when they trust one another with matters of the soul. It's a lot different from Facebook friending; the author defines it as 'two people bound together by a love of God.' She draws on a variety of writings, from the biblical tale of Ruth and Naomi to the correspondence between such sainted pairs as Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, in illustrating the depth of such a connection. The book is well researched, though the writing is a bit prosaic. Each chapter includes questions for reflection intended to help readers explore and apply what the author presents, making it a natural for congregational groups. The material is best suited for people in liturgical traditions; the author refers to much within the Catholic tradition, including the pope, for examples. Poust's work can help readers deepen their lives. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Author, journalist, and speaker Mary DeTurris Poust examines rich and nurturing examples of spiritual friendship from well-known saints, writers, and modern religious leaders who serve as exemplars for cultivating meaningful relationships in a world of Twitter and Facebook. Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular "Catholic New York" columnist and "Our Sunday Visitor" blogger Mary DeTurris Poust looks honestly but hopefully at today's culture, where people feel increasingly isolated despite the advent of myriad gadgets designed to keep them connected. Reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this a useful resource for small groups, moms groups, and for spiritual direction.