Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Patricia Stuart has an interesting concept in her new book, To Be Called "Girlfriend" is a Privilege. This self-help book with a Christian mindset explores the wonderful bond of female friendships and how they need care to grow. Sisters, best friends, girlfriends are all wonderful relationships that, when healthy, can be some of the most satisfying relationships to have. Set up in a cute "dinner party" format, you explore the strengths and weaknesses that can be present in the bond between women. Although there were a few notes of "Holier than thou" attitude and language, I felt comfortable reading and considering many of the ideas presented in the text.
One of the best questions that Patricia Stuart brings to the table is the question of, "would you want to be friends with you?" What a question. In today's world, people more commonly ask what others can do for them, why the other person isn't being a good friend, why no one seems to understand ME. If we take the focus off ourselves and put it into your friend's perspective, what truths would we find there? I know that I'm a bear in the morning. Less sturdy friends would be terrified of me, but my roommate in college just yelled at me to get my butt out of bed and made me coffee. She is the kind of girlfriend worth having, and appreciating friendships like those really makes you conscious of how you yourself act within the friendship.