True Friendship

Where Virtue Becomes Happiness



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Product Code:
0.5 (in)
Size (HxW):
8 x 5.1 (in)
Publication date:
January 22, 2021
6.66 oz
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We all want true friends. But how many of us really know what friendship is, or where to find it? In these pages, philosopher John Cuddeback weaves together the timeless wisdom of Scripture, of the ancient Greeks, and the saints to map out the steep and beautiful path to man's greatest joy—true friendship.

Following Aristotle's teachings on the unbreakable connection between happiness and virtuous living, Cuddeback sees friendship at the very center of the human drama. Although there are different kinds of friendship, the deepest kind can only be achieved through a life of virtue, and this is where the human person comes most fully alive. True Friendship offers simple yet rich advice on how to tap into this reality in our own lives. Such friendship demands much of us, but it gives us even more, as individuals and as a society.

Both the Old and New Testaments place a premium on friendship. In the Christian vision, the philosophers' insights attain a broader supernatural perspective. Christ transforms human friendship and expands it. With help from the writings of Saints Thomas and Aelred, Cuddeback discovers what lies at the heart of the Christian life—the wondrous and unsurpassable reality of friendship with God in Jesus, the Divine Friend, who is at work in all our authentic friendships.

Editorial Reviews

"Wonderfully clear and concise. This book is very wise, very practical, and very much needed."
— Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Author, Wisdom from the Psalms and Doors in the Walls of the World

"Cuddeback demonstrates that true friendship based on virtue benefits the individual, family life, and social life. Highly recommended."
— Alice von Hildebrand, Ph.D., Author, The Privilege of Being a Woman

"Reading this wonderful book will inspire and empower you to tap the incomparable treasures of friendship, both human and divine."
— Tim Gray, Ph.D., President, Augustine Institute; Editor, Bible in a Year


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  • 5
    A good friend helps you to be good

    Posted by Charlie Schmidt on Feb 19th 2021

    True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness by philosopher John Cuddeback gets to the heart of friendship and talks about what real friendship is. His point is that a good friend helps you to be good. But there are many other truths he mentions, such as: True friendship requires friends to strive to be virtuous. All people live, but only some live well. The important thing is the good life. Wisdom is knowing and doing what’s right, which is the good life. True friends selflessly love other and are willing to sacrifice for the other without any expectation of reward. The way to cultivate good desires is to experience the goodness and beauty of truly good things. Your friends have a profound impact on who you are, helping to shape your self-image and your character. Virtuous friendships are also pleasant and useful, and they are the most stable, long-lasting type of friendship. This book is short, easy-to-read, and an excellent examination of friendship.