Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.
~ Author Unknown
You’re not going to believe this. The biggest fans of this book now were not initially excited when I first told them I was going to write a book about friendship. This is precisely why I knew I had to write it and why I’m so happy you are reading it. Just like the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the friends we have, we take for granted the things in life that sustain us most. We are blind to what is in front of us and only notice it when it’s gone.
I wrote The Opposite of Poverty Is Friendship hoping it would do exactly what it seems to be doing: giving people a moment to pause and reflect on the blessings of their wonderful friendships, and to reach out to let friends know how much we really appreciate having them in our lives.
I share with you my personal stories of friendships through love and murder, laughter and turmoil, homelessness and hope, brotherhood and brawls, wisdom and redemption and the greatest treasures known to man. My hope is that through these stories you may see your own. I hope they act as a mirror and inspire personal reflection so you can see the immense value of the friends you have been gifted. And I hope you will let them know!
Writing this book took a hundred years longer and was a thousand times harder than I thought it would be. But if it encourages you to recognize the treasured friendships in your life and motivates you to honor them in some small way, it will be worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears.