The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman’s Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends

ISBN 10: 1594717613

Summary: In The Friendship Project, we explore the cardinal and theological virtues with an eye toward friendship. Focusing on faith, hope, love, prudence, gratitude, loyalty, generosity, and prayerfulness, this book will help us answer questions such as, “What does it mean to be women of hope, and how does that change our lives and make us more compassionate friends during difficult times?” and “How does prayerfulness teach us how to listen to and talk with both God and our friends, which helps us reach out to those we love?”

The Friendship Project answers these questions and more by employing Church teachings. The authors tell us stories of their own friendships and those from the lives of saints and biblical women—including the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth, St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her sister Servant of God Léonie, and Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. Not only will you be drawn closer to friends both new and old but you’ll also be reminded how these friendships—and the virtues you practice to nurture them—draw you closer to God.

More about the online book club:

Our Book Club will meet virtually through the Google Meet platform. This requires video and microphone use. If you’re already using Gmail or another Google account, you simply sign into your account and click on the link in your email to join the group. (The link will be sent each morning of our meeting day.) You do not have to have a Google account in order to participate. The book club leader will email the invitation prior to the scheduled time. Simply click on the link and follow the onscreen prompts to join. You can join through your web browser or through the Google Meet mobile app available from Google Play or the Apple Store.

Study Schedule (Wednesday’s at 7:30 PM, July 8 – August 8)

Week 1: Introduction and Chapter 1 (16 pages)
Week 2: Chapters 2 & 3 (29 pages)
Week 3: Chapter 4 (18 pages)
Week 4: Chapters 5 & 6 (28 pages)
Week 5: Chapters 7 & 8 (27 pages)

Facilitator: Whitney is a cradle Catholic who only began strengthening her faith after she graduated college and married into a practicing Catholic family. This is where she realized her growth stems from relationships, such as friendships. She found herself craving a deeper connection to and a thirst for understanding God and her faith. It is because she is blessed to have friends in her life who continually inspire her to work and develop deep, meaningful and spiritual relationships that this Friendship Project resonates to her.  Exploring the Catholic virtues can be a daunting task, but looking at these pillars of our faith under the lense of friendship makes for a fun read.  Grab a friend and explore the value that comes from learning a bit about some of our greatest friends found in the saints. Whitney works in the development field and lives in Jefferson City with her husband and three daughters.

Whitney Lammers