Friendship By Hugh Black

A classic guide to finding, restoring and building lasting friendships

The high ideal to which friendship was held by the ancient writers, like Plato and Aristotle, seems to be an obsolete sentiment today. Western society, with its busyness and self-centredness, to many people, feels like a cold and lonely place. In this culture of cynicism and malaise Hugh Black directs our attention to the importance of friendship and the blessing that it can be. With elegantly poignant prose, Black draws on ancient writings, poetry and the Scriptures, helping us to rediscover the miracle of genuine friendship and to understand the care and keeping of such treasure.

Along the way, Black addresses the challenges and responsibilities associated with friendship including the tragic consequences of eclipsed or wrecked friendships. He defines the limitations of friendship but also highlights the blessings it can bring. In true friendship, accountability and love inspire us to live with more honour, integrity and grace. Ultimately, we see that in Jesus Christ we can have that “higher friendship”—friendship with God himself—which revolutionizes the way we live, the way we think and the things we value.

“In a day of disposable relationsips, Hugh Black’s timeless classic Friendship is a welcome remedy for our shallow culture. Shaped by a thoroughly biblical worldview, Black provides a gentle and loving commentary on the mystery of providence that allows sinful human beings to unselfishly devote themelves to one another. This book is both informative and convicting. It has given me a deeper appreciation for the God who has brought so many cherished friends into my life.”

HEINZ DSCHANKILIC, Executive Director, Sola Scriptura Ministries International, Canada

“This little book on friendship is a gem. It highlights the importance of friendship, the nature of true friendship, the struggles and disappointments that the best of friendships experience and the summit of friendship—the believer’s relationship with Christ. In our increasingly depersonalized world, we need constantly to be reminded to make time to cultivate friendships, which truly are gifts of God’s grace. The church should be thankful to Joshua Press for republishing this classic.”

IAN HAMILTON, Pastor, Cambridge Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, England

FRIENDSHIP By Hugh Black (144 pages, 5.5” x 8.5”)

ISBN-13 978-1-894400-27-5 (paperback)

Published February

Price: $15.99


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