Review – Heart Sisters: Be The Friend You Want to Have

heartsistersBook InformationHeart Sisters: Be The Friend You Want to Have

Author – Natalie Chambers Snapp

Publisher Information – Abingdon Press (2015, $8.63 digital, $15.99 print)

When I saw this book on a listing of upcoming Christian books, my interest was piqued.  It sounded like just the sort of book I would enjoy and find helpful  After all, who doesn’t want to be a good friend? I don’t have any blood sisters of my own, but good friendships do form a sisterhood of sorts.

There are some good nuggets of information in Snapp’s book. For instance, she reminds us that we cannot expect any person to fill all the holes in our lives. Friendships are important, but God comes first. If we are not in a right relationship with God, we cannot expect friends, no matter how wonderful, to take His place in our lives. In a world where the dominant culture urges us into misplaced priorities, this is a valuable reminder.

Likewise, I appreciated how the author makes herself vulnerable to her readers.  Snapp shares with us some of the wisdom she has learned over the years, including some of the harder lessons on friendship through which she has lived. In reminding readers that she is human and fallible just like the rest of us, the author helps make her text relatable to the reader.

However, I have to admit very frankly that I struggled to get through this book. Stylistically, it just did not work for me at all. Toward the beginning of the book, Snapp coins the term “Heart Sisters” to describe her close female friendships.  At first it’s endearing and it does sum up the kind of friendships that I suspect many of us would like to have.

Like many good things, though, this one gets overused and because of that, the idea gradually loses power throughout the book. By about the end of Chapter 1, the text starts to feel repetitive and I soon grew weary of seeing the term “Heart Sisters.” And yes, it’s always capitalized.

In addition, the writing tends to get repetitive. An idea in the text might be good, so Snapp repeats it several times over. That may help some readers to remember said ideas, but I found it frustrating. I felt as though the repetition and the constant use of the Heart Sisters term kept us dancing on the surface of what could have been a very good discussion of God, biblical values and how we can be good friends to our sisters in Christ.

The bottom line? The author started this book with a good idea and great intentions, but something just doesn’t quite work in the execution.

Rating – 3 stars

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I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in return for an honest and open review. Many thanks to Abingdon Press.

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