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Friendship Interrupted: Challenges and Practical Solutions - What You Can Do [Kindle Edition]

Debra Whiting Alexander Ph.D , Judy Dippel
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Book Description

Friendship Interrupted is for any woman who asks, "What happened to our friendship?" It takes women on a road trip of sorts, with unexpected curves and important discoveries; readers will laugh, readers will cry, because women's friendships are not a trivial subject!

Unlike most books on women's friendships that delight in the qualities that make up a perfect friend, Friendship Interrupted looks at a myriad of challenges women have identified as difficult, hurtful, confusing, or complex. "Interruptions" can be temporary or become permanent; either way valued friendships with challenges cause strain and strife that needs to be resolved.

The good news: reading this book brings clarity to changes and choices that can individually be made to mend and maintain valued friendships, or explains how to know when it may be best to simply "let go" and move on.

The solutions offered throughout help each woman know "what she can do" in her situation. It has a fresh, informed perspective that sheds new light on individual habits, actions and reactions, and those of others.

The issues addressed are universal; the quotes from women are real, and the challenges they share range from mild to toxic. This book inspires, and is a great tool to help women establish their personal priorities, and be better equipped to respond in positive and healthy ways to their their real-life friendship challenges: emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

The following sections are found in each chapter:

Candid quotes from women, of different ages and stages, introduce the challenges, based on their real-life friendship experiences.

The "Solution" section of each chapter offers professional insight and hands-on, practical strategies that advise and encourage.

The easily read, bulleted action steps of "what you can do" provide choices that can be made to help minimize and prevent long-term difficulties over an issue with a friend, whether it is mild or toxic .

"When to seek further help" is a checklist of behaviors that indicate when a woman may need more than this book can provide.

"Soul Solutions" recognizes the ultimate guide for building and sustaining healthy realtionships is in reliance on God's guidance and grace. In this section, scripture and prayer guides encourage women to seek God and his solutions.

"Friend-to-Friend Activites: Creative and fun ideas to enrich and rekindle valued friendships.


"Lifeline of practical help for those of us living in a sea of relationships."
-Pam Farrel, bestselling author of "Fantastic After 40."

"Finally, a book that doesn't just put a Band-Aid on relationships."
-Connie Pombo, speaker and author of "Trading Ashes for Roses."

"Principles to reconnect women whose friendship has been interrupted."
-Kathy Pride, "Winning the Drug War at Home."

"Encourages women to develop friendships that nurture their souls."
-Poppy Smith, author of "I'm Too Human to be Like Jesus."

"Honest, practical ... steps that are actually do-able for busy women."
-Dorcas Smucker, author of "Ordinary Days."

"Help with those friendship nightmares that leave us afraid to trust."
-Brendan O'Rourke, Ph.D., author of "The Hope of a Homecoming."

"A guide to maintaining one of life's greatest gifts; a good friend."
-Janice Carr, Production Coordinator, ABC TV

"Good girl-talk mixed with what often feels like professional therapy."
-Ronna Miller, Director of Conferences, Mars Hill Graduate School

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  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077XDGYA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendship Interrupted March 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a great reminder at the importance of friendships. In my hectic schedule, I find it hard to take time for friends and tend to focus on getting my To Do list done. However, I know my friendships are a priority. How appropriate that the first chapter is about TIME! This gave me some practical solutions and skills to make room in my schedule for friends. I recommend this read! Your friends will thank you for it. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Christian centered August 13, 2013
By blatz
Format:Kindle Edition
This book may well be helpful for Christians, but my attempt to sift the religious views from the practical advice didn't work. Rather than being presented as an alternative philisophy as a part of a larger whole, the Christian veiwpoint is pervasive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Solutions for Strengthening Friendships July 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Friendship Interrupted celebrates women's friendships without shying away from the nitty gritty problems that can affect those relationships. The book offers practical solutions, combined with spiritual principles and sensitivity for women who are dealing with issues like loss, envy and competition, danger, betrayal, and differences that may emerge in any friendship relationship. A helpful read for anyone who wants to strengthen friendship relationships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Help for all Phases of Friendship May 8, 2012
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
Friendship Interrupted is a reference book, with LOADS of how-to's for every phase of friendship. The first part of the book dives into 6 different friendship challenges & solutions, including Time, Healthy Choices & Obstacles. Each chapter has a narrative, giving real-life examples and illustrations. Most importantly, each chapter also includes practical "what you can do" tips and steps and guidance on when to seek further help.

The next section dives into how to find friends & growing your own relationship with God.

This is a book that will be on my shelf for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful at any age March 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wish this book had been available earlier in my life. It is helpful for every stage of life. A very interesting read.
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More About the Author

Judy Dippel is an inspirational book author and speaker, freelance commercial writer, and travel writer.

Judy is enthusiastic and transparent in her books and presentations for women. Both reflect her love for people, her heart, relationship with God, and her Christian faith. She writes and speaks about themes that are universal challenges for many. She has a passion to influence real women, with real issues, needing real solutions, of which, she says she is one!

As a freelance commercial writer, she finds it tremendously rewarding to assist people and businesses with their marketing goals, by "telling their business story," to help expand online and offline presence. Her expertise is creating written content on websites and other business and marketing materials, as well as collaborative book writing. She believes written words are the next best thing to talking in person.

Judy is the first one to admit, "I will never arrive and have it all together! Every day brings a fresh start and new opportunities to live out our purpose, our passions, and to positively influence our world one person at a time."

Married since 1970, she is a mother of two, grandmother of four, and lifelong Oregonian.

Her first book, "Refreshing Hope in God: A Mother's Journey of Joy and Pain" was written to express the infinite joy of being a mother, and also the excruciating pain when being a mother doesn't go as planned. (e.g. battles with postpartum depression; difficult seasons with children.) Soft cover and e-book; Kindle.

Judy's book, "Friendship Interrupted: Challenges and Practical Solutions - What You Can Do," co-written with Debra Whiting Alexander, Ph.D., is a book that speaks to women everywhere who ask, "What happened to our friendship?"

Reality at its best: the quotes from women throughout this book express confusion, hurt, and frustration;solutions offered are practical and doable. Interruptions to friendships can be temporary or permanent, mild or toxic, but either way, this book offers fresh perspective and new choices regarding old habits, actions and reactions. It encourages and inspires women to learn new options, and make individual choices that are healthy solutions for their friendship challenge and circumstance. Kindle edition and soft cover copy.

Contributing author to several book compilations:
"But Lord, I was Happy Shallow," "The One Year Life Verse Devotional," and "Laundry Tales to Lighten Your Load."

Judy lives in Eugene, Oregon; enjoys family, friends, hiking, travel, reading, college sports, and a variety of outdoor activities.

As a baby boomer in midlife, Judy feels privileged to share the worth of all relationships, including those with God, family and friends.

She says she'll never get over God's grace, and feels privileged to share a common theme, "Our stories tell God's story."

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