I interrupt this week’s First Fruit Friday post with a book review that is so good it needs its own special day. I have too many words to put on a blog post about why I love this book and why I think everyone should own the book. So I made a Facebook video to explain some of why I love the book. Before I share that, I want to share a letter from my heart to my family and friends:

Dear family and/or friends,

I am sorry. I am sorry for the way I have failed to walk alongside you in your greatest time of need. I watched as you shared with the world your devastating news and instead of coming and walking alongside you, I was paralyzed with fear of how to come alongside you. Should I call? Do I text? If I do call or text, what do I say? Do I act like I don’t know? Do you want me to say something? Or do you want to feel normal? Do I offer to pray or is that just going to irritate you?

I let unanswered questions like these keep me from coming alongside you when you needed me most. I thought of bringing you a meal but didn’t act on it. While I can’t take back my lack of coming alongside you in your time of need last time, you can rest assured that I will be equipped and ready should the need arise again.

I love you and want my actions to show it.



This letter to my friends and family sums up how much of an impact the book “Alongside” had on my life. This book has challenged me, corrected me and taught me so much about the correct way to come alongside those who are in trial. It has challenged my thinking of what a trial is, from sickness to divorce to loss of a job. All of these things have one thing in common:  there are people hurting who need the church to rise up and love their neighbor in their greatest time of need.

Here is the Facebook live video I did explaining a little more about why I love this book so much:

I am giving away a signed copy of “Alongside: A Practical Guide for Loving Your Neighbor in their Time of Trial”. You can enter the Rafflecopter below to win OR buy it here: Alongside: A Practical Guide for Loving Your Neighbor in their Time of Trial (Morgan James Faith) . Please buy an extra copy for a friend if you can. It’s that good.

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