Despite the playground memories vowing to our besties that we would be “best friends forever and ever”, adult friendships can be hard! Hoover unpacks friendship from a Biblical perspective in Messy Beautiful Friendship unfolding the layers of what makes a “good” friendship along with the beauty and strength that trials add to them. This book is not what you might expect- it is not frilly or weepy, but rather causes the reader to ask themselves the hard questions about what friendship myths they have naively believed and what significant steps the reader has taken to bridge the gift of friendship to other women.
This book was very timely for me personally as I not only had a “crisis” in a friendship within the last year, but have also in the same time period been introduced to some amazing women that I admire and desire to build deep, lasting friendships with. Hoover’s book helped me drop the friendship pity party and embrace a new way of viewing friendships. Well worth the read!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Christine Hoover is a church planting pastor's wife and mom to three boys. She is a speaker and an author of several books, including From Good to Grace and Messy Beautiful Friendship. Through her blog, Grace Covers Me, she enjoys encouraging women to apply gospel truths to their honest thoughts, especially in the areas of grace, community, ministry, and friendship. She is a regular contributor to Desiring God, For The Church, and Flourish. In addition, her work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, In(courage), and Christianity Today. Christine and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia.