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Friendship for Grown-Ups: What I Missed and Learned Along the Way Hardcover – May 3, 2010
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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.
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
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.Read more ›
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I Luke Lisa and a book about friendship is so helpful was in new condition.Published 2 months ago by Darla Shaddock
Lisa is very sweet. I enjoyed her book, but I would have liked more general friendship advice. She focused too much on her own personal experience.Published 3 months ago by Alona
.01 plus postage and in A1 mint condition! What else can one want?Published 9 months ago by Eloise Ockert
Every girl from 13-90 can walk away with at least one new friendship tool to help build healthy relationships after reading Lisa's book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Julie Shurley
Beautiful Christian woman. Her heart is in the right place and I will always support her. Thank you!Published 17 months ago by J. Yates
Very healing book. Lisa explained something that happened to her that is nearly identical to how a close friend that I trusted once treated me. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Andrea
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