The Gift of Friendship: Stories That Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments is a compilation of essays about friendship among women. The book is edited by Dawn Camp, and features stories from writers including Camp, Becky Keife, Sarah Forgrave, and many more. The book reminded me of something you might see in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. The essays were heartfelt, and they were written in genuine, down-to-earth ways. One of my favorite essays was “In which I tell the truth about women and community” by Alia Joy Hagenbach, who points out that even though women differ in the interests they pursue and the roles they take on, each role or pursuit has great value. I also loved seeing an essay by Holley Gerth (author of You’re Loved No Matter What), who I find so encouraging and inspirational. The book as a whole is very uplifting, showing how women can – and do – support each other.