Hunt probes friendship as a religious value, one that often receives little attention. While her primary focus is women's friendships--straight as well as lesbian--the application of the book is broader. She sees generativity as the sine qua non of friendship, showing how it involves a wide range of expressions. She then develops a model of friendship based upon two polarities--of love and power and of embodiment and spirituality--whose tension holds in balance the fierce tenderness of true friendship. This book is noteworthy for its ethical and theological challenges as well as its feminism. Highly recommended for seminary, academic, and large public libraries.