Author: Natalie Chambers Snapp
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Back Cover: Heart Sisters
BE THE FRIEND YOU WANT TO HAVE
Friendships with other women are as important to our mental, physical, and spiritual health as rest, exercise and prayer. We don’t just want friends–we need friends. Yet sometimes they can be as difficult as singing a song without the lyrics.
If you’ve ever been hurt by a friend, struggled to balance friendship with everyday life, or seen a friendship end too early, Heart Sisters will help you:
- Overcome your fear of being hurt by other women,
- Practically examine issues so you can work your way through conflicts,
- Recognize when it’s time to establish healthy–and holy–boundaries,
- Get right with God so you can get right with others, and
- Discover the secret to authentic friendships.
With discussion questions and real-life examples, Heart Sisters will help you be the friend you want to have.
Book Review: Heart Sisters
It’s hard to imagine that this is the first book that Natalie has written. It flowed effortlessly toward helping the reader better understand what it means to be a heart sister and why it’s important to not only be one, but to also surround ourselves with other heart sisters. She has a style of writing that is both enjoyable and helpful. She has a wonderful sense of humor that I’m grateful shined through her book. At times, her humor made some challenging topics easier to embrace.
She guides us through being right with God, conflict, forgiveness, healthy boundaries–why we need them and how to establish them–social media etiquette, the importance of raising up future generations of heart sisters, the dangers of having a close friend of the opposite sex (especially if we–or they–are married), our role in the office or on a ministry team (including navigating potential pitfalls) and the does and don’ts of being a true heart sister.
My thoughts about Heart Sisters
I found Heart Sisters helpful, as I’ve struggled with having close, long-term friendships with other women for years. The pain–from a wound inflicted by a close trusted friend–sometimes is not as hard to forgive, as it is to forget. Then we are asked to put our heart out there and risk another deep hurt. Hmm…. Maybe you can relate. If so, Heart Sisters can be a blessing to you.
I really appreciated that Natalie was obedient to God’s call for her to write this much needed book on how to find and maintain healthy Heart Sister relationships. Why? Because we were created for relationship. First, with God, then our spouse and family and also with our fellow sisters (and brothers) in Christ. Fear can easily keep us from developing these wonderful relationships we were meant to have. We were never intended to go this alone and when we try, it makes it much easier for the enemy to pick us off, one-by-one.
Yes, we women can be so dramatic, emotional, hormonal, irrational, easily offended, bitter, jealous, envious, spiteful, and a laundry list of other things, but we can also be encouraging, compassionate, loving, patient, gentle, gracious, merciful, kind, wise, and a long list of other wonderful attributes.
While reading Heart Sisters and hearing God’s heart through Natalie, it hit me that to not make close friends with other women because we are fearful of getting hurt would be like never getting married for the same reason. Imagine, if you’re married, all the wonderful memories, the personal growth and amazing marriage you would have missed out on, if you chose fear rather than faith. Imagine how much joy and love you’d be robbed of if you always choose to play it safe when it comes to relationships.
I love that Natalie was able to surrender herself–despite her doubts and fears as a writer–to God and allow Him to whisper into her heart His love for His daughters and His deep desire to show His love for us, through us and our Heart Sister relationships.
I learned not only what it means to need a Heart Sister, but how to be one for my friends. I also learned that these relationships are a blessing and a gift from God to be sought, sheltered and nurtured, as any good relationship is worth doing the same.
This book truly transformed how I see God’s heart for us to need one another. Not even Jesus walked through this world alone. He brought along side Him those that He called His friends. So, sisters, how much more do you and I need these wonderful friendships too?
I enjoyed reading Heart Sisters and look forward to her next book.
Would I Recommend Heart Sisters
Without a doubt. This book is for anyone that longs for friends that only God can provide and for those that long to be a true Heart Sister to their friends.
Life can get messy, but that’s why God designed us for godly relationships…ones birthed from Him and rooted in Him. He knew there would be times in our lives that we would need our sisters to help us not just do this life, but do it in a way that glorifies God.
And, that’s a wrap…Heart Sisters
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“Heart Sisters are born from any of the three hearts. These are the women who get you, who know what lies inside your heart and love you anyway, and who walk beside you unconditionally. You can reveal your ugly stuff to Heart Sisters and they won’t judge—in fact, they’re often right there saying, “Me too!” These are the women who will speak truth into your life, who will watch your children when you don’t want to take all three of them to your doctor’s appointment, and how will encourage you to be the person God created you to be by not letting you off the hook when you misstep because they’re afraid of hurting your feelings. Heart Sisters are essential to our mental, physical and spiritual growth.”
–Natalie Chambers Snapp, Heart Sisters