My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I chose to read this book because I was intrigued by the idea of a “spiritual friendship,” how it differs from mentorship, and how I could be put it into practice. Upon completion, I definitely have a better understanding of what it entails. Simply put, “the task of spiritual friends is to help us discern the presence, will and leading of the Spirit of God.” The notion of a spiritual friendship is simple, yet profound. I like the idea that you have to be very vulnerable and intentional in this type of relationship. At the end of the day, your intimacy with your spiritual friend is what drives the relationship, and I think that is important. David Benner does a commendable job of laying out biblical principles of how this can play out. I particularly liked the notion that we are to embrace our humanity in the process. It speaks highly of the notion that we are not to become more divine, but more humane, in light of who God originally designed us to be. I also appreciated the part that discussed how a spousal relationship can pursue a spiritual friendship and the benefits that it provides.