Monday, April 26, 2010

Friendship for Grown-ups: What I Missed & Learned Along the Way by Lisa Welchel "Book Review"

From the picture of thisbook, you may remember Lisa Whelchel as "Blair" from The Facts of Life.  I grew up with her from watching this show, so when Booksneeze gave me the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. 

The title is quite catchy, "Friendship for Grown-ups, What I Missed & Learned Along the Way".  To be quite honest I thought it would be different, though not in a bad way.  I truly enjoyed the book.

To see an actress, someone who as a young girl growing up, I admired her.  She had the beauty and the smarts, why not be like her, though in real life, Lisa Welchel is nothing like Blair.  She writes about her life, being a young childhood actress in Hollywood, growing up in the limelight (so to speak), and having a barrier up, to protect herself .  Having struggled with building and maintaining relationships all her life, she openly shares the challenges she faced and the journey she took in learning how to develop real friendships. 

This book brought so many things in my life into perspective.  It was almost like Lisa was talking to me, that I too was putting walls up as I didn't want to get hurt.  It made me appreciate the friendships I have currently and work on future ones.

One thing she said in the book, which I now plan on asking friends, past and future, is the following questions:  What do I do that draws me to you?  What do I do that pushes you away?  These are two very important questions that I never gave much thought about, especially with my "grown-up friendships".  I think a big part of me would love to hear the answers to these questions so I could possibly grow in my friendships, though there is a bigger part of me that is afraid of the answers I may hear.

I would highly recommend this book for all women to read.  It is very enlightening and meaningful.  It may, after reading, bring your friendships to a whole nother level.

I will be passing this book down to my girlfriends in the hopes that they too can enjoy this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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