Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting FriendshipsLisa-Jo BakerB&H Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 29 Reviews
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KellyKConneaut OHAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5To have a friend, you'll need to BE the friend and go first!April 4, 2017KellyKConneaut OHAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In her latest book, Lisa-Jo Baker describes what it takes to assure that you're Never Unfriended. Friends come & go in our lives. As us women go through different stages in life, we can find that some of our friends no longer are. In order to have a friend, you need to BE the friend first, and sometimes that means making the first move!
JP5 Stars Out Of 5The secret to friendship: being a woman who helps other women flourishApril 4, 2017JPQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5At the heart of Never Unfriended is the call to BE a friend: by letting our greatest Friend, Jesus, define our worth and allowing His faithful love to shape the way we pursue friendships with other women.
In Part 1, "What are We Afraid Of?", Baker looks at some of the fears we as women have about friendship and addresses head-on the lies women often believe about their own worth and encourages us to place our trust in God's truth: "that we were always planned and wanted and included from before the beginning of time."
Part 2, "What Can't We Do About It?", addresses many of our expectations around friendship and how we need to acknowledge our limitations as friends.
Part 3, the longest section, is "What Can We Do About It?" Here Baker discusses concrete ways we can be better friends: Going first. Choosing not to be "fine." Giving the benefit of the doubt. Listening well ... and so on. Baker gives many moving and often hilarious examples from her own experience of how these principles have strengthened her relationships and helped her be a better friend to other women.
The two short chapters in Part 4, "Where Do We Start?", urge us to practice being a friend to ourselves as well as to someone else -- today. Women often have a very hard time making friends with ourselves: we focus on our shortcomings and make long lists of should's. But she encourages us to remember that (as Romans 8 emphasizes) nothing can separate us from the love -- and friendship -- of God.
Baker's style is warm, intimate, and engaging. I enjoyed her humour and vulnerability; she draws you close, just like a friend having a chat over coffee. But there is also a great deal of substance here: the book touches on some very real areas of hurt and woundedness in our personal lives and relationships, and explores many concrete, practical aspects of friendship-building and maintenance.I would unreservedly recommend Never Unfriended to any woman who wants to be a better friend to the other women in her life and who wants her relationships to be defined by the example of Jesus.
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and was asked to provide an honest review.
jwhite055 Stars Out Of 5We all could use work on being a true friend. This book shows us the way, with grace and kindness.April 4, 2017jwhite05Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lisa-Jos writing is so engaging and fun. Shes light hearted and funny, but no less substantial in her words. Shes able to tell a story, share hard things, without feeling like shes beating you over the head with a should-do list. Her heart is for friendship, that women would come alongside each other in community and love each other as Christ would have us do.
reba19755 Stars Out Of 5great bookApril 4, 2017reba1975Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0i was a part of the launch team for this book and i am so glad i was!! it truly is the best book for women of all ages! it address issues we all go through!
RachelAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5After reading this book, you will know that you can be brave and risk friendship again.April 4, 2017RachelAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love reading Lisa-Jo's writing. She is always fun and engaging and encouraging, and this new book about friendship is sure to be helpful to many women. In Never Unfriended, Lisa-Jo shares many stories from her real life, both the good and the painful. The reader knows that the author is someone who "gets it." She understands the difficulties women face in friendship, and she has the encouragement we need to press on in friendship. After reading this book, you will know that you can be brave and risk friendship again. Because of Jesus, the One who will never unfriend you, you can be courageous and love others lavishly.
I received an advance reader's copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.