Friday, June 9, 2017

Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships

Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding & Keeping Lasting Friendships 

Paperback, ebook, audio CD, and audible

April 4, 2017

by Lisa-Jo Baker

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433643064

In a world where women can unfriend each other with the swipe of a finger, how do we find friendships that we can trust to last? Maybe by first becoming those kinds of lasting friends ourselves.
As the community manager at the website since 2010, Lisa-Jo Baker has had the chance to engage hundreds of conversations with women about friendship. She’s learned that no one can make us quite as unsure about ourselves as another woman. And nothing can wound as deeply as unkind words from a friend. While we are all hungry for friendship, it’s the fear of feeling awkward and being rejected, left out, or hurt (again) that often keep us from connecting.
But what if we knew we could never be unfriended? Would we risk friendship then? 
Starting with that guarantee from the most faithful friend who ever lived—Jesus—this book is a step-by-step guide to friendships you can trust. It answers the questions that lurk under the surface of every friendship—What are we afraid of? What can’t we change? What can we change? And where do we start?—with personal stories and practical tips to help you make the friends, and be the friend, that lasts.

My thoughts:  NEVER UNFRIENDED: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships is for every woman who has ever over-analyzed their relationship with women (and who among us hasn't?) We've mined our conversations, rehashing every detail to decide if we were wrong or if they were, if we need to apologize or they do. And why aren't I included in everything? Am I in the circle or out? 

This book addresses many issues involved in friendship, from the fear of being hurt, o the fear of missing out, and the fear of being the new girl... 

It also talks about what we can't do about it, what we can do about it, and where do you start? 

My only issue in the book is that it seems to be a lot of tooting Ms. Baker's horn about what a great friend she is. . .

See someone you want to be friends with, but not sure how? This book will help you. An old friendship that died, this book will help you. And then there are all the nuances of friendship-- neighbors, church members, coworkers, etc that are somewhat friends, though maybe not necessarily close. And if you find yourself analyzing conversations this book is for you. Definitely timely, encouraging, and recommended for women of all ages.  I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 

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