September 26, 2018

Catherine Parks on Vulnerability in Friendship

Each week this season on By Faith, I’m talking with a guest about the ins and outs of friendship. As I wrote about in my book Messy Beautiful Friendship, friendship isn’t easy for anyone; it takes time, intentionality, and lots of grace. And sometimes we have to navigate complexities and hurts in friendship that leave us uncertain and crushed. I’m right there with you, and my guests are here to help us think through it all.

If you’ve been listening this season, you’ve heard Kelly Needham talk about a right understanding of friendship, the Risen Motherhood ladies talk about how to make friends, especially in those years when life is super busy, and most recently, I chatted with Amber Williams about how we can use our homes and our words to invite friendship. Today we’re going to find out how to go from spending time with someone to really knowing and being known by another person.

Helping us do that today is my guest, Catherine Parks. Catherine is about to release her new book, Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships, and so I sat down with her to talk about what being “real” with others really looks like. We talked about what vulnerability is, if there are any caveats to vulnerability, why vulnerability is scary, and how we can practice vulnerability in our relationships. If you’re an introvert, you should definitely stick around to the end, because we talk a bit about how personalities affect our friendships.

Each Wednesday on my Instagram stories I’m answering any questions that stem from that week’s episode, so join me there (and bring your questions).

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