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Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness Paperback – March 1, 2016
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Andrea Bonior, PhD, author of The Friendship Fix and the Washington Post Express column "Baggage Check"
Shasta Nelson has put her finger on the pulse of our cultural malaise: We need good friends to have a happy life, but we are disconnected from one another. Repair takes, insight, courage, and strength, and Shasta provides outstanding encouragement for us to get up, snap ourselves out of our self-defeating patterns, and create the friendships that our souls are longing for. Frientimacy has already changed my life, and it will change yours.”
Marilyn Paul, bestselling author of It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys
The best friendships never have been simple.... Lo and behold, Shasta Nelson's gentle urgings toward self-improvement result in vastly more satisfying friendships.”
Theresa Donovan Brown, co-author of The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship
I used to get a terrible sinking feeling in my stomach when I read articles about how women with a close circle of friends live longer. I had such a hard time developing satisfying friendships after a certain age. I was lonely! But not anymore, and I attribute part of that ability to connect to Shasta Nelson wisdom. If you wantand need!deeper friendships, then please read this wise and useful book.”
Jennifer Louden, bestselling author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer
"Even women with large numbers of friends yearn for close, intimate friendships: Relationships that are easy and forgiving, and that allow friends to communicate in shorthand yet feel understood. In Frientimacy, Shasta Nelson offers practical advice to help women hone the skills and mindsets that are fundamental to the development of healthier, more satisfying friendships."
Irene S. Levine, author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend
Compassionate and encouraging, Shasta Nelson teaches how to not only make friends but create deep connections and avoid 'expectation hangovers' in our friendships. I am so grateful for this book, and all the loving, connected, and lasting friendships it will create.”
Christine Hassler, bestselling author of 20 Something, 20 Everything
"Every woman can relate to the feeling of having plenty of Facebook friends’ or contacts to scroll through in her phone but still longing for the intimate connections she had with childhood friends, back when her BFF was her everything. I know I can. As I read through Nelson’s description of why women experience lonelinessbecause we lack close connections, not because we don’t know enough peopleI found myself wondering how she got in my head. Anyone who has admired intimate friendships in pop culture and wondered, Why don’t I have that?’ will want to pick up this book.”
Rachel Bertsche, bestselling author of MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend
"If you desire friends you can count on and grow with, who will support and see you, who make your life more full and fun, then you’ve got to read Frientimacy. Shasta Nelson has taken a bold stand to end loneliness and replace it with the deep and nourishing bonds of sisterhood we all need and crave."
Christine Arylo, bestselling author of Madly in Love with ME and Reform Your Inner Mean Girl
About the Author
Shasta has appeared on The Today Show, Katie, The Early Show, and Fox Business and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, More, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Her spirited and soulful voice can also be found at ShastasFriendshipBlog.com and in her Huffington Post column where she regularly addresses the topic of relationship health. She also teaches, lectures, and hosts Friendship Accelerator events in her hometown of San Francisco and throughout the US.
Shasta’s training includes a master's degree in spiritual growth and a bachelor's degree in communication, plus a decade of experience in short-term counseling, coaching leaders and teams, speaking at international motivational and teaching venues, and organizing events and retreats.
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In Frientimacy award-winning speaker Shasta Nelson shows how anyone can form stronger, more meaningful friendships, marked by a level of trust she calls "frientimacy." Shasta explores the ten most common complaints and conflicts facing female friendships today, and lays out strategies for overcoming these pitfalls to create deeper, supportive relationships that last for the long-term.
In Frientimacy, she teaches readers to reject the impulse to pull away from friendships that aren't instantly and constantly gratifying. With a warm, engaging, and inspiring voice, she shows how friendships built on dedication and commitment can lead to enriched relationships, stronger and more meaningful ties, and an overall increase in mental health.
The Intimacy Gap is more than just a call for deeper connection between friends; it's a roadmap for moving from friendship to frientimacy-and the meaningful and satisfying relationships that come with it.
I found this book to be very informative.
If you want to have a deeper connection with your friends you should read this book. I would recommend it.
Looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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Sometimes I think I have had a fairy tale of what friendship should look like. If a friend didn't show up in all the right ways or all the right moments, I thought something was wrong and felt like giving up on the friendship. While we know we have to work at marriage and family relationships, I have read very little about the idea of working at friendships. This book offers positive and practical ideas. In a world which feels like too many things are dissposable, often friendships are viewed that way too- we hear about ditching the toxic friends, avoiding people that don't give us what we want when we want it, etc. This book offers a more positive view of how to deal with friendships that aren't all you wish they were. I loved the easy read, examples and practical ideas. I feel like I have ideas for how to be a better friend, how to deal with problems with my friends and the knowledge of why friendship is important. Thanks Shasta Nelson for being a supporter of friendship.