Sacred Friendships… Christian Women… Witnesses, Heroes, Martyrs, Motivators

To breathe in the first four chapters of Sacred Friendships is to inhale the power and inspiration of a gender too often overlooked and to exhale a motivation to live for Christ like you may never have before. Kelleman and Ellis describe the purpose for writing this rock solid narrative as, “to uncover the buried treasure of wisdom about soul care and spiritual direction as practiced by women throughout the history of Christianity.”

This book does so much more… As you pass through these pages you’ll find yourself diving headlong into the lives and sacrifices of the early female martyrs and women who chose to separate themselves from the world so that they could deeply affect the world. Your own journey will become understandable and your heart’s desire will to be to live as they lived, completely giving themselves to the causes of Christ. You’ll be delivered into a land where church polity is pushed aside for Christ-centeredness, where self-indulgence is forced into dark places to make room for the light of self-sacrifice, and where women of extraordinary faith are revealed so that your own faith can be evaluated and theirs emulated.

You’ll be exposed to the power of Christ as seen through the lives of Susannah Spurgeon, Phoebe Worrall, Elizabeth White, Sojourner Truth, Susannah Wesley, Vibia Perpetua, Felicitas, Macrina the Elder, Nonna, the mother of Gregory, Anthusa, the mother of John Chrysostom, Monica, the mother of Augustine, Gorgonia, Macrina, Olympias, Theodora,  Syncletica, Marcella, and Paula. And all of these in the first four chapters.

The authors make us aware that, “Throughout Sacred Friendships you will find this theme saturated everywhere. Godly women of old integrated into their Christlike character both humble care and bold courage. They saw no distinction between the two; they experienced no contradiction between tender soul care and tenacious spiritual direction.”

God, through the writer of Hebrews penned these astounding words, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1) You will find these women to be heroes of the highest order, women not with a longing to start a feminist movement, rather individuals involving themselves in the movement of Christ at all costs.

If you want to be inspired and motivated to live an extraordinary life in the midst of sacred friendships you can get a copy of this incredible book at  

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Rick Howerton
Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.