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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400202779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400202775
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Whelchel, a native Texan and Grammy nominated vocalist and songwriter, is best known for her role as Blair on the long-running television comedy The Facts of Life. Now a homeschooling mother, speaker, and pastor's wife, she is the bestselling author of So You're Thinking About Homeschooling, The Facts of Life (and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me), and the Gold Medallion nominee Creative Correction. Lisa and her husband, pastor Steve Cauble, live in Texas with their children Tucker, Haven, and Clancy.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Angel Muly on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
She grew up in Hollywood where there were few people to trust and even fewer to guide her. By adulthood, she was strong, safe, and lonely. Eventually, her desire to experience the connection of a true friend was stronger than the desire to be safe. She quickly learned, she didn't know how to be a friend or to have a friend.

In this book, Friendship for Grown-Ups, Lisa Whelchel, from the hit sitcom, The Facts of Life, tells real stories of her path to friendship. She tells of triumphs and of heartbreaks. She tells of friends who betrayed and friends who loved. She talks of her fragile heart and her fears. She gives insight to finding a true friend, one who will love you, faults and all.

I loved this book. I love how Lisa put it all out there for anyone to see. Sometimes we put people like her on a pedestal and believe they have it all together. I love how she shared how vulnerable she is, just like the rest of us. Human, with human feelings, trials, and insecurities. The stories are so real and heartfelt. There were times when I could imagine myself sitting across the table from her just listening to her pour her heart out.

Her stories and insight really made me take a good look at myself and the kind of friend I am. It helped me see that I haven't always been the kind of friend I should have been and it deepened my desire to always be the kind of friend God wants me to be. It also made me look at the kind of friends I have and the kind I desire.

I would recommend this book to anyone involved in a friendship or desiring a true and Godly friendship.

I was blessed with a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through the Booksneeze program in exchange for my honest review.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Friedel on April 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I must say, I was extremely excited to see that Lisa Whelchel's new book called, "Friendships for Grownups" was available for me to review. I am a huge fan of her writing! I've read "Creative Correction," "The Busy Mom's Guide to Prayer," and Taking care of the ME in Mommy" - and have loved every one. Not to mention that I absolutely loved her as Blaire in The Facts of Life.

However, this book was completely different than any of her other writings. It was an honest look at how she has learned over the years to open up and be more vulnerable in friendships. Her main objectives of the book were that "it's OK to be needy, it's important to be needy with safe people, and it's helpful to know who the safe people are." I could really relate to her when she wrote, "If you don't intentionally nurture your friendships and invest time in them, then they too easily dwindle away in the press of life." So true, so true.

Even though I enjoyed her open and honest look into how she related to her friendships, at times I was a tad uncomfortable with just HOW open she was. I kept thinking, "Should I really be reading this?" And I was secretly hoping that she used fake names for some of the friendships that she described which went awry. Maybe this was her way of working them. Not sure.

All in all, it's a quick read. It really caused me to think about how I can go deeper in my friendships and made me want to be a better friend. If you have some time and want to read a book about a woman's struggle through the ups and downs of friendships, pick it up. If not, go ahead and get her book, "The Busy Mom's Guide to Prayer." Now THAT is worth reading over and over and over
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Shindorf on April 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I remember many afternoons watching The Facts Of Life when I was a girl. If you grew up in the 70's I know you will remember Blair. Blair was the pretty and rich girl who lived with Tootie, Natalie, Jo and Mrs Garrett while she attended Eastland Academy. It was one of my favorite shows. Blair had it all together.

The real life Blair~Lisa Whelchel missed her childhood as a child star. She moved to Hollywood alone at a young age and begin to make grown-up decisions way to soon. She learned to mistrust people and guard her heart in the unreal world of Hollywood. My heart was breaking for her while I read about her childhood.

In a revival meeting at a young age Lisa accepted Jesus as her Saviour ~ thank the Lord ~God was walking this journey with her. He was working in her life and He had a plan to bring healing to her hurting soul. None-the-less Lisa had some real hard obstacles to overcome.

As the movie had ran it's course she had fallen in love and married right after her life as Blair ended. The love of her life is a Pastor. You would think that a smart, attractive, successful wife, mother and Christian would have the perfect life~right? Well maybe not.

You see~ Lisa had learned early that the more perfect she was the more people would like her and wanted to be in her life. She began to continue to act from the role of Blair to Lisa the perfect Christian, wife, mother and Pastor's wife. All the time she was crying tears of loneliness inside. She felt unlovable and unlikable so she pretended to be perfect and had to appear to always have it together. I so related to Lisa in this area of my life. Children from broken homes seem to step into this role even easier than most.
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