The Friendship Project Book
“A compelling case for the lost art of spiritual friendship.”
Colleen Carroll Campbell
Author of My Sisters the Saints
Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet are dedicated wives, mothers, and volunteers. They are also friends, Catholic speakers, and the coauthors of Divine Mercy for Moms, a Catholic best seller, which continues to inspire women to come together to pray, study, and live in friendship around the Divine Mercy devotion. As their personal friendship of more than 20 years continued to blossom with ministry work, Michele and Emily realized that friendship was an integral part of their lives as Catholics and they needed to continually work to develop deep, meaningful relationships that would allow them to be themselves, to care for others and be cared for, and to deepen their Catholic faith.
In The Friendship Project, Michele and Emily explore the cardinal and theological virtues with an eye toward friendship. Focusing on faith, hope, love, prudence, gratitude, loyalty, generosity, and prayerfulness, they 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?”
Michele and Emily answer these questions and more by employing Church teaching and telling 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.
Prayers, discussion questions, and a study guide make this a perfect resource for women’s groups!
If you are interested in purchasing copies of The Friendship Project in bulk, contact Ave Maria Press directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-282-1865.
It was wonderful to get to know about the friendship among saints and to realize that holiness can be “contagious.”
This book challenged me to reach out to my old friends and to make new ones, revealing the true meaning of friendship. Emily and Michele share their lives, their experience in a very honest way and they talk about the virtues we need to nurture true friendship. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is to see the saints with their friends. We often here that the saints were good friends of Jesus. Sometimes we hear about their confessors, their parents, but I never thought that they had real human friends. Therefore, it was wonderful to get to know about the friendship among saints and to realize that holiness can be “contagious.”
I loved The Friendship Project!
I have learned so much by reading it. My favorite part was reading about how to grow in each virtue, the obstacles to each virtue and how to avoid these blocks. Thank you for writing this and for helping me me meet so many faith filled women by doing the study together. It has helped me in my faith life and walk!
“In an age that values social networks over face-to-face relationships, Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet make a compelling case for the lost art of spiritual friendship. They draw from a rich vein of personal experience and the lives of the saints to prove that the old proverb is still true: to have a friend, you must be a friend. Read this book to find out how.”
–Colleen Carroll Campbell, Author of My Sisters the Saints
“The Bible says that ‘a faithful friend is a sturdy shelter and he that has found one has found a treasure.’ The same goes for finding this book! We are all a work in progress, and while finding virtuous friendships can be difficult, they are vital in life. The Friendship Project shows us just how to find and invest in these intentional and virtuous friendships.”
—Sarah Swafford, Speaker and author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships
“We live in a technology-driven world where people are instantly connected, yet in our own personal lives, we often feel isolated and alone.The Friendship Project is an inspiring and uplifting answer to how we can be internally connected and equipped to form lasting friendships—first with God and second with others. It underscores the truth that happiness lies in living a virtuous life.”
–Sr. John Dominic, O.P., Developer of Disciple of Christ, Education in Virtue
“Treat yourself and your friends to The Friendship Project! It’s an inspired masterpiece with each chapter a fascinating, spiritual powerhouse of practical help and fun ways to make your life happier and holier.”
–Mary Ann Budnik, Author of the Raise Happy Children Series