I received a copy of Lisa Whelchel’s newest book Friendship for Grown-Ups: What I Missed & Learned Along the Way from Thomas Nelson Publishing.
I was delighted to read this book. I enjoyed Lisa Whelchel when she played Blair on the television show The Facts of Life and for several years I read her weekly journal called Coffee Talk. In fact, she wrote an entry on my birthday no less four years ago that was the catalyst to birth this blog. I have always enjoyed her candid writing, her zest for life and also her abiding walk with the Lord.
One glance at the cover of this book might lead you to think that as an actress, a pastor’s wife and a sought after speaker that Lisa Whelchel would easily wade through life with friendships beyond measure. This is hardly the case. Lisa explains that she did not learn how to make friends as a child the way most do. Once Lisa reached adulthood, she realized that she lacked friendships that were deep soul connections.
This book is a very honest and soul baring look at how Lisa learned to make friendships as an adult. She shares many personal stories related to the ups and downs of friendship as well as a season in her life where God stripped away her protective shield against being fully known in relationships. She shares about the need to have friends that are safe as well as the different types of friends that we all need. Lisa includes questions at the end of the book for discussion or personal reflection. There are also sections at end that include conversation prompts to aid in building new friendships as well as ideas to help strengthen friendships based on many areas discussed in the book.
I liked this book a lot. I read it over the course of a few hours. It is very readable and I found that I was engrossed in Lisa’s experiences and found aspects where I related. At times I wanted to grab a kleenex and cry with Lisa over times of rejection. We have all felt that pain at one time. Reading this book gave me pause to think about the kind of friend that I am and want to be. This book also supplied great suggestions in establishing new and strengthening existing friendships. This is a great book for anyone who is a friend, has a friend or longs to have deep Christ like friendships.
As a blogger for Booksneeze.com, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.