Review: A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God’s Amazing Embrace

A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God's Amazing EmbraceA Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God’s Amazing Embrace by William A. Barry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The challenge of seeing one’s relationship with the Divine as one of intimate friendship is going to be difficult for many people, particularly those of a certain generation or a certain religious upbringing. It can be strange to see a relationship so often described in other terms like that. Yet William Barry, a member of the Jesuits, attempts to bring people to see the power and beauty of doing so in this book.

It should be clearly stated at the beginning, however, that the kind of friendship that Barry speaks of being possible to have with the Divine is radically different to that one might have with another human being. There is a world of difference between the two, yet the analogy of friendship is one that Barry argues is closer to what God intended for the relationship between the Divine and the created world.

Drawing on his own experience and the traditions of St Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises, Barry makes a wonderful contribution to the joy of seeking a fruitful, affirming, and life-giving relationship of the human being with the God who created them.

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