Stephen - Read "Reclaiming Friendship" and "Discovering God"
"Imagine yourself being ushered into a large party room with numerous booths and pavilions, each offering different activities or products...Thousands . of people are busily moving from one booth to another, engaging in various pursuits...One problem: When they usher you in, they tell you that you have a viral infection that will kill you in three hours, if not sooner. The same is true for everyone else at the party" Discovering God intro'd with this situation. It's a really apt picture of life and it is something that I would want to use in my conversations with people as I'm trying to talk to people about life and the thrills of the world. This book is a very short book that would be good to give to people seeking to investigate God and Christianity. The most interesting part is that it goes into OT prophecies and talks about how they are convincing evidence in the case for Christianity.
"It is significant that the great word hesed, used in the OT to describe God's convenant-keeping love for Israel, appears in Proverbs to describe friendship." It really challenged me to see that my friendships are not just about being there for each other when I can be, but it's the faithfulness that God has for Israel as he continued to pursue then and would not give up on them. It convicted me to not just give up on tough conversations and arguments and "let bygone's be bygone's " or to just let it go and move on, but rather to continue to try to work them out in hopes of growing in my relationships with my peers.