It’s my birthday, and I’m giving away a book! :)
Earlier, I ran around the corner and had a yummy cafeteria lunch with my two littlest sillies.
But now, back to the big news: Announcing the winner of the ‘Love & Salt’ giveaway!
Rita Rossini and Christy from Fountains of Home. Congratulations!!
And, if you didn’t win a free copy of Love and Salt, I really do encourage you to get one for yourself. I think of C.S. Lewis’ quote, “Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.” Except I think we women would do well to read this book at least every five.
I have a little bonus for you. I asked the authors the following: “I wonder if you’d have a short quote/paragraph that you could write up regarding the importance of friendship in the life of a woman. How it affects your faith, your daily lives, and even maybe your marriages?”
Here is Jessica’s response:
Thanks again for helping to get the word out about Love & Salt. We’re really excited to be featured on your blog!
I address many of your questions in this post over at the Good Letters blog, if you’d like to excerpt it or link to it:
But I’ll take a quick stab at them here too.
Long after we wrote the letters that became Love & Salt, Amy and I discovered the Christian tradition of spiritual friendship, and we were fascinated by the idea that friendship is not merely social but can offer us a profound experience of God. Of course, social friends are an important and treasured part of life–but they aren’t the same as spiritual friends. (CS Lewis said we don’t disparage silver by pointing out it isn’t gold, but he urged us to remember that there is such a thing as gold—the friendship that leads us closer to God.) Amy and I had each independently longed for such a friend our whole lives, though we wouldn’t have been able to articulate in such a precise way. Neither of us was aware of the tradition of spiritual friendship in the church, which has been largely forgotten. (Aelred of Rievaulx wrote the classic text on spiritual friendship–a 12th century monk!)
Of course we didn’t know any of this when we began writing letters. The story they tell still amazes me, and any time I feel my faith wavering, it brings me back around to belief. In our letters, I see God at work, reaching out and tending me, tending Amy, during even the darkest times when hope seemed impossible. Seeing God work through me–pitiful, faithless me!–in such a profound way is nothing short of a miracle.
So how does our friendship affect our daily lives, our marriages? Well, I think our husbands are glad we have each other–we are really intense and our friendship gives them a reprieve. But more importantly, Amy is always turning me back to the good and the true and the beautiful. We confide our deepest doubts and most shocking bad thoughts to each other. But because our friendship is based on God, we never remain there for long. One of us always manages to light the lamp and find the way out.
And here is a short interview from youtube:
Thanks again to all of you who entered the giveaway! I have another great book giveaway coming up soon, so stay tuned. Happy feast of St. Padre Pio!