Faith in Books: Better Off Friends

Better Off Friends

By Elizabeth Eulberg

From Eulberg’s website: For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

What did this book have to do with my faith? How precious and rare true friendship is! Many of us have been lulled into false sense of friendship through the use of social media. Eulberg delves into what true friendship means while using social media as one way to build on friendship. She really describes true friendship as being truthful with one another, communicating (verbally and nonverbally), being yourself, standing up for one another and being present for one another. Some of us my find that kind of friendship outside of organized religion but I think the church needs to be a place where we can find true friends and build strong relationships. Shouldn’t church members be able to trust, be themselves, share their struggles and support one another? Is that not true friendship? Could you or do you have true friendships within the church?

I highly recommend Better Off Friends.

Happy reading!

Amelia

 

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