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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Friendship for Grown-Ups by Lisa Whelchel



(Lisa Whelchel from Women of Faith.com)

Life is difficult for child stars and Lisa Whelchel was no exception. She went to Hollywood at the age of 12. Whelchel found it hard to make and keep close friends because she didn't have a normal school life. Eventually she struggled with her marriage which was breaking down and she suffered a nervous collapse. In this book, Whelchel tells the story of her journey towards making true friendships and how her faith helped her. She also provides excellent advice about how to make and keep friends.

Whelchel had many friends but she realized that she had been building defences around herself so she found it difficult to get close to people. Therapy and her strong belief in God and prayers helped her to understand that she needed to find a way to become closer to her old friends and make new friends.

The pretty star suffered rejections along the way. She wanted to be a 'best friend' to a woman called Heather, for example, but Heather rejected such a close friendship. In another case, a new friend told Whelchel secrets about her own life, and then asked her personal questions. The friend then told other people things that Whelchel wanted kept secret.

Whelchel joined a group called Women of Faith and tells how this helped her. Here she found empathetic, new friends who encouraged each other. She got valuable advice from some of these women which she shares in this book.

This is a helpful, honest account of Whelchel's story. She writes about the elements of friendship, what true friendship means, and how to tell whether a new friend is untrustworthy. There is a list of practical steps for making and keeping friends and a list of conversation pointers at the end of the book. The book is simply written and easy to understand. It is recommended for anyone interested in making more friends.

(I received this book free from Book Sneeze.)

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