A soul-touching, heart-grabbing, wrap-you-in-a-hug book!"I am convinced that the shortest distance between strangers and friends is a shared story about our broken places." (Chapter 7)
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.
That button is so easy to hit. One tiny tap, and boom, you are unfriended. Several years back a friend was going through a major life change and decided to unfriend a group of people from her 'old' life. I was one. She had been one of my closest friends and the rejection hurt. Another time a friend decided that if I didn't unfriend a mutual friend who hurt her, she was going to unfriend me. And then there have been a few times I was unfriended and have no idea why. Did I say or do something to hurt or offend? Was there any way to save the friendship?
Yes, I am talking about social media, but I am also talking about real life. Being unfriended hurts.
As women we crave deep friendships and lasting connections, yet, making and keeping these relationships isn't always easy. We are afraid to put the work into really getting to know someone. Then when we do, we hurt each other. We get offended. We set high expectations that we want our friends to met, then when they don't, we disregard the relationship.
In her new book, Never Unfriended, Lisa-Jo Baker says, "Friends are hard work. Heck, people are hard work. There's no getting around it. The only way through is through. Through the knowing and the showing up and the forgiving and the laughing and the folding laundry together and the walking kids to school and the daring to do the ugly cry in front of each other."
Friendship is work. But when we put that work into it, when we do those hard times together, when we believe the best in our friends, when we commit our friends to daily prayer, the friendship is so worth it.
Lisa-Jo gives us the number 1 way to be a friend when she says, "This is the secret to finding and keeping lasting friendships: become women who want to see the women around them flourish." No more of this comparison stuff. No more of this competition. Let's look to see women do well, let's help them do well. Let's pray they flourish.
Never Unfriended is a must read! Lisa-Jo gets right to the heart of friendships. If you have ever been unfriended or if you are thinking of unfriending another, you will want to read Never Unfriended.
The book on friendship every woman needs to readLisa-Jo Baker's latest book, Never Unfriended, is the book every women needs to read. All of us. It's not a formula for friendship, it's more—it's an invitation to be vulnerable and messy and willing. Most of all, willing.
Maybe, though, you just aren't sure how to get there. Or maybe you've been deeply hurt by women. Maybe you've been betrayed or mocked or left out. Maybe you've given up on ever having that kind of friend. Lisa-Jo's book is for you ... an invitation to open the doors of your heart and your home, to give friendship another try.
If you've been wondering how to find those friendships where you can be yourself and people love you anyway, get this book! (But—spoiler alert—be prepared to find out the best way to find those friends is to be that friend!) Let's get messy and real! What if we became the generation of women who NEVER UNFRIENDED?!
Let's be struck by the beauty of friendship all over again, the wonder of women who aren't competing or comparing but just want to see each other thrive in the Lord. Women who don't just hope the best for each other—but actively look for ways to equip and encourage each other.
It's about community!There are so many relational truths in this book. It was a fun read not only because of its relatable message, but also because it reads like a conversation with your best friend. I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
The Glue of Great FriendshipLife support...
Being willing to weep with friends...
As long as I was with them I could keep the bits and pieces of myself from blowing away...
People are the glue that put other people back together again...
The words Lisa-Jo Baker wrote in Never Unfriended unfurl before me today, the 9th anniversary of losing my forever 20 year old son. The pages are tear stained. This book is balm of Gilead to my soul. I cannot read it quickly. It's to be savored. Bite by precious bite.
How can I thank Lisa-Jo Baker enough for putting words together that soothe wounds thought to be healed in this magnificent read?
These, her words, are glue to the soul...
Makes me want to be that kind of friend to others.
Amazingly Thoughtful JourneyWhen I began reading this book I expected to be reading the normal rhetoric that Jesus will always be our friend. This book was so much more than that. Lisa-Jo gave heart-felt examples of the struggles we have making and keeping friendships. I laughed. I cried. I made my husband listen to me read sections so I could talk to him about it. This book touched parts of my soul, that I didn't know were even hurting. I am an introvert, so friendships have always been difficult for me, but it was refreshing to see that I am not alone in this struggle. Never Unfriended made me think deeply about the friends I have! It made me realize how blessed I am to have friends who see through my curtain of "fine" and call me out on it! But don't think this is just a book with anecdotal observations about friendships. Lisa-Jo shows us what the Bible says about friendships and how we show Jesus' light in our friendships!