Thursday, April 22, 2010

Friendship for Grown-Ups

I was very excited to receive Friendship for Grown-Ups: What I Missed and Learned Along the Way, written by Lisa Whelchel, who I know from watching re-runs of her time playing Blair on the Facts of Life. I had never before heard her speak at any events, but I heard rave reviews and couldn’t wait to read her book. As soon as I received it I started reading and did not put it down until I was finished.
Friendship for Grown-Ups delves into the difficulties Lisa had in making strong friendships. It talks about her struggles and the fact that she was always concerned about what others would think of her, or if she was bothering someone else, so she didn’t make the time to form close friendships. She also discusses her struggles in being completely honest with others and opening up to tell them about what she is really feeling. Throughout the book, Lisa talks about her current, and some previous, friendships and what went wrong and what went right with them.
I really enjoyed this book, which was a very quick read. If you are looking for a biography of Lisa’s childhood and time growing up in the spotlight, this is not the book for you. Rather, if you want to see an honest look at the struggles Lisa faced in her adult life, then you will enjoy this book. What I especially liked was the Appendix entitled Practical Steps for Developing and Growing Friendships; it offered some great insight into creating new friendships and also holding onto friendships that have already begun.
(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.")

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