Liz Carmichael presents a highly readable account of love as having the quality of friendship, in the thought of great philosophers and theologians. Written with human detail as well as scholarship, Friendship brings alive great figures such as Augustine, Aelred, and Thomas Aquinas. It makes accessible a wide expanse of thought about the nature of God as love, God's love for creation, and our love for God and our neighbour, which has never before been brought together in one volume. A challenging book that invites its readers to reflect on love and how it can be expressed in our own lives today.
"Liz Carmichael recognizes that much of our religious talk about fellowship or even love somehow misses the mark and threatens to become abstract. In this wonderful study, she argues, with a wealth of scholarship and experience alike, that friendship is really the radical and transforming category we need to make our hopes concrete and to flesh out love in action. This is a treasury of insight and resource."