Here is a book, written over 100 years ago, that defines the nature of true friendship and describes how we should nurture and treasure this God-given blessing. Advice is given on how to choose your friends and keep them. Human friendships have their limits, and only God can fully satisfy the hungry hearts of men and women. Hence our supreme friendship is with God himself but this is reflected in our human friendships.
Throughout the book, biblical friendships are described and the biblical text quoted. Hugh Black also uses quotes and insights on friendship from a wide selection of literature through the ages.
He writes of the desolation of a broken friendship, caused by death or a parting of the ways. An offended friend is hard to win! Yet the personal joy of a renewed friendship is in itself an insight into the love of the Father.
This book, thoughtfully researched and well written, is a classic on friendship. I certainly have not read anything that comes close, as Hugh Black illuminates the challenges, responsibilities, limitations and blessings found in friendship. For me, every page revealed wisdom, challenge and depth.
I would suggest that it be read almost as a study book – read a chapter at a time and inwardly digest! It would also make a useful study book for small groups.