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Faithful Friendships

On the necessity of boundary-crossing friendships for Christian discipleship

Friendship isn’t always given a lot of thought—and lately, it doesn’t get a lot of time and effort, either. But in a world of busy and isolated lives, in which friendships can too easily become shallow, tenuous, and homogeneous, Dana Robert insists that good friendships are a vital and transformative part of the Christian life—a mustard seed of the kingdom of God. She believes Christians have the responsibility—and opportunity—to be countercultural by making friends across cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and religious lines that separate people from each other.

In this book Robert tells the stories of Christians who, despite or even because of difficult circumstances, experienced friendship with people unlike themselves as “God with us,” as exile, as testimony, and as celebration.

Jesus was a friend to his disciples. Through Jesus’s life and the lives of his followers down through the ages, Faithful Friendships shows readers how friendship can become life-changing—and even worldchanging.

Dana L. Robert, Christine D. Pohl

Dana L. Robert is Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission at the Boston University School of Theology. She has published widely on mission history, world Christianity, and African Christianity, including Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion.

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company