No Greater Love
Having read & enjoyed Vaughan Roberts' "True Friendship", I was keen for another book that delivered a framework and argument for the value of Christian friendship.
McLaughlin delivers a pastoral and personally vulnerable look into the importance of friendship, the ways it can build us up as individuals and strengthen marriages, but also how friendships can be dangerous if we let them become too important, or we don't have healthy boundaries.
A couple of things that I particularly enjoyed were Rebecca's acknowledgement that we can get caught in the question "why isn't X delivering what I need as a friend", rather than asking ourselves "how might I seek to care for the other as a healthy friend?".
Rebecca frames this book within the context of her own relationships (both those that have been healthy as well as an occasion where she had to do soul-searching after the end of a friendship where she had been too intense), and in her usual style, she loves to grab loads of contemorary(ish) illustrations from the modern world. In this case, if you're not a fan of Lord of the Rings, there are 10 or so references that may be lost to you!
All up, this is an encouraging book, helpful for any individual, or pastor who wants to think through how we build edifying and Christ-honouring relationships that build up the body of Christ.
(It's a 9 out of 10 book, but not quite a 5 out of 5....)