You become like the people you spend time with. That is the foundation from which the book is built. Phillips sees friendships as being mysterious in that they are "rooted in divine providence, because the hand of God brings two people together and a spark of life cements their souls together." He talks about God-ordained relationships.
Phillips is right on target in quoting Robert South, who said, "A true friend is a gift from God." Real friends are encouragers. "You cannot grow spiritually if you associate with people who refuse to do anything but gripe and whine," Phillips writes.
There are so many delightful, encouraging quotes about friendship in this wonderful book. It helps you to see the value of making relationship cultivation a major part of your life. Right relationships can enhance the quality of life in every way possible.