Lisa Whelchels novel Friendship for Grown-ups: What I Missed and Learned Along the Way is a short autobiographical sketch of Whelchels journey through friendship, and how she learned how to open up and allow people to become her friends. While the book reads like an autobiographical story, there are lessons to be gleaned through-out the book.I found Whelchels formatting interesting. Its hard for me to be drawn in by nonfiction as is, so I wasnt really captivated by the book. The fact that I finished the book in under 6 months (since it usually takes me much longer than that to read a nonfiction novel) shows that the book was interesting enough. The lessons Whelchel learned about friendship that were conveyed throughout the book were helpful and Biblical. With each new truth Whelchel stumbled across, she always tied it into God. I appreciated that, instead of simply throwing out her idea of how things should be done, she did tie her life lessons into God. This is a book worth reading, whether you make friends easily or not. *I acquired this book from Thomas Nelson*
Reading Friendship for Grownups, by Lisa Whelchel felt very much like conversing with Lisa. Her writing style is easy, relaxed and conversational. She shares her thoughts, feelings and emotions with commendable clarity.My early childhood held a lot of trauma and I recognized many of my emotional defenses in Lisa. In many instances we took parallel steps in learning to conquer our fears and connect to others on a meaningful level. Lisa's sharing of her emotional journey validated many aspects of my own emotional growth and left me with concepts to ponder in others. If you feel you suffer from emotional disconnections, this book will give you hope.
Typically I enjoy reading Lisa Whelchel's books. I found this one to be very bland, and more about her emotional upheavals than about building friendships. There are some helpful nuggets, however overall I was greatly disappointed.
I have mixed emotions about this book.The book is about friendships, but the first half is more an auto-biography of Lisa's friendships. The last half of the book gives some meat to chew on as she writes about the difference between God's law and grace along with how to deal with conflict and and how to be real.I appreciate Lisa's honest and open sharing through out the book. It took courage on her behalf and for that I admire her. However, I felt overwhelmed by everything that she shared. While I agree with the overall principles that are spoken of, I don't agree with some of the psychology expressed within this book.Lisa does write an excellent explanation of God's grace and how it can change your life. And what she shares about dealing with conflict in chapter 11 is very helpful. There are some great resources in the multiple appendixes as well. But overall this book seems a bit disjointed. Lisas intent wasnt to write a how-to book, but with all the stories and experiences she shares, it could really use the balance of application.There are some very encouraging parts in this book and some very heavy parts, too. Friendships for Grown-Ups is written for adult women and I would highly suggest that only adult women read it because of the emotionally deep content.* * * * *This review copy was provided courtesy of BookSneeze.com.
I very much enjoyed this refreshing, candid, honest book that deals with the very delicate dynamics of women in Christian friendships. Would recommend for anyone who struggles with finding a deep friendship, has been hurt by a close friend, or who counsels women who have these issues. Well done!*I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.