A soul-touching, heart-grabbing, wrap-you-in-a-hug book!
April 4, 2017
Lisa-Jo writes from her heart and that is what I love most about her. In this book, she takes her life stories about friendships that have taken on all different shapes and forms and weaves the common thread of God's INCREDIBLE LOVE for us through all of them--the amazing friend times, the harder ones, the awkward times, and the life-shaping and challenging friend moments. God's great love for us is seen in and through them--how crazy He is over us and how he would never think to unfriend us even at our lowest moments, our most ugly times. Lisa-Jo cheerleads from her pages the beautiful truth about how to look at friendship moments, even the hard-to-face and difficult-to-understand ones that do not resemble the glossy Facebook posts of this world. She keeps cheering us on to become even better friend versions of ourselves, to keep striving with Hope as our eyes are fixed on God.
From reading the first chapters, I was captivated by Lisa-Jo connecting to my heart. This is the best book that I have ever read. It is a soul-touching, heart-grabbing, wrap-you-in-a-hug book that I hope everyone reads!
Imagine what this world would be like if we all read Lisa-Jo's words. There would be healthy, selfless, beautiful friendships for all of us to share. I am praying for her words to spill into all of our circles starting with those that pick up her book.
Thank you, Lisa-Jo, for bravely writing these words that were placed on your heart so that we could be encouraged in our friendships and challenged to love our friends deeply and without reserve. But most of all, thank you for the ultimate encouragement that you passed on from our true Best Friend; to be reminded of God's incredible love for us is a gift that we all need. Your book was that gift.
We've all been there. As the unfriended and as the one doing the unfriending. As humans we can be so cruel and unkind, especially to those closest around us. And especially today, when it is so easy to just click the unfriend button and be done. It's hurtful and painful. But do you know who sees all this and is hurt with us and for us? That's right. God. He is there. He knows. And you know what else? He is offering the one true friendship that we all yearn for. Lisa-Jo beautifully explains this and more in her new book, Never Unfriended. And she will lead you to freedom. The ultimate freedom you have when your closest friend becomes our one true Father, God.
I was given an advanced reader copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
This book will impart wisdom into your heart and head for healing and hope.
April 4, 2017
Lisa-Jo Baker has shared her heart with us in this well written, realistic book about friendship. I received an advanced reader's copy,and feel fortunate and blessed to have been able to read and review her book on a topic that weighs heavily on women's hearts. Baker's realistic point of view and life experience helps the reader to realize "you are not alone". You feel as if you are having a one on one conversation with her in your living room as she pares down common social and relationship issues, and expectations, and then offers quality suggestions on how to move forward and through said issues through faith. You will think differently about friendship after reading this book. Your faith will grow. It is healing. It is hard to read at times as it will hit the nail on the head. It is helpful. It is heart. Thank you Lisa-Jo Baker for your insight and wisdom into such a pertinent topic!
Lisa-Jo Baker's writing is always fun, engaging and full of truth, and this is no exception. This book would help anyone in any stage of life. This describes why women tend to shy away from each other, and gives ways to go about remedying that. It also is filled with the truths of Scripture, and ways to draw closer to the Lord and into His presence. This would be a wonderful gift for any woman at any point in life. Plus, it's just an enjoyable read, due to Lisa-Jo's humor. Grab it up as soon as you can!
Whether youre the new girl looking for your place or the friend whos been in the thick of life for a decade, Lisa-Jo Bakers new book is for you.
In Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships, Lisa-Jo Baker shares honestly about her friendships and the secrets that she found to finding and keeping true friends. I have spent thousands of hours of my life held hostage by worry about friendships. I have overanalyzed, ranted, and kept my husband awake as I rehashed interactions with women I care aboutmining our conversations for minute details and trying to make sense of who was wrong and whether or not I needed to apologize or if I was justified in feeling so upset.
If youre thinking about reading this book so that you can feel justified in your reactions and find a way to blame everyone elsedont. Baker wrote this book so that each of us would actually evaluate our relationships as both the perpetrator and recipient because in real life, we are both. This book is part close friend sitting patiently and listening to your deepest pains and part best friend telling you exactly what you need to hear.
She begins by helping readers understand exactly how past relationships and personal fears have combined to shape current friendships. Throughout she shares personal stories of her friendships, from her high school friends who consoled her following her mothers untimely death to the women who brave motherhood with her now. Her words speak truth about friendships and what keeps us from developing deep relationships with other women. Its all there: our striving to be in the cool group, our desire to impress everyone else, our jealousy about other peoples success, our weariness from the hard parts of friendship, and the loneliness we feel when were not chosen or when were the new girl once again.
She doesnt give readers an easy out in their relationships. Instead, she challenges them to do the hard work of friendship to find the people who will really do life with them. Her words are laced with biblical examples and truth that give sound guidance to how women should relate to each other. The challenge is to build lasting relationships with the people God has placed in our lives already. She gives women permission to be their real, messy selves in front of friends who will choose to be real and messy with them in the game of life.
From the Never Unfriended Promise:
I choose to choose you. To include you. To invite youI give you my sofa for days you just cant even. And the nights you need a safe place to feel heard without saying a wordIm sure I wont always get it right. But Ill keep showing up. Friendship on purpose.
I received an Advanced Copy from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.