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A Friend in Need: How to Help When Times Are Tough Paperback – April 1, 2000

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Adult/High School-This is "a primer/workbook for friendship, using anecdotal evidence as much as hands-on advice to convey the meaning and responsibilities of these relationships." Writing in a warm, informal tone, the author uses personal experiences and related anecdotes to illustrate behaviors conducive to strong friendships. The book is primarily about "When Not to Mind Your Own Business." Gordon explores how to be a good friend to someone who is involved in violent or abusive situations, has an addiction, has a family member who is disabled, is suffering from depression and suicidal behaviors, loses a loved one, or is facing a terminal illness. He writes of the most difficult situation of all-when a suffering friend does things that are alienating. He repeatedly stresses the importance of becoming as informed as possible about a friend's medical or psychological condition. A section of general resources includes publications as well as helpful organizations. A valuable book.-Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

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About the Author

Sol Gordon, Ph.D., is a lecturer, educator, professor emeritus of child and family studies at Syracuse University, and the founding director of the university's Institute for Family Research and Education. He is also the author of many critically acclaimed children's books, including All Families Are Different and Facts about Sex for Today's Youth.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573927929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573927925
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,048,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would definitely recommend this book to people who really care about their friends and want help or suggestions on how to show their genuine concern. What I've read so far (first half of the book) has been very helpful.

In others' sensitive situations when you're not sure what to say, it suggests ways to approach the person in a caring way without offending. The book gives you courage to speak up. I was inspired to [offer to] do things for my friends [and follow through], not just mumble a generic "let me know if I can help" or back away when someone has difficult problems. It points out that gentle confrontation/discussion can be appropriate when your friend is obviously headed in the wrong direction.

Read it, if you dare to be a "friend in need".
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The theme of this book - how to help a friend when they're going through hard times - is important. Gordon describes the nature of friendship and support groups, responsibilities and rewards of being a friend, and barriers which confront even the best of friendships. The meat lies in chapters which present a variety of challenging situations, from abusive relationships to terminal illness and death, describing how friends can overcome obstacles and help.
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