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Grown-Up Girlfriends: Finding and Keeping Real Friends in the Real World

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Even when life is hectic and harried, every woman has a God-given longing for relationship, and her female friends play an important role in filling that. Oliver and Smalley help women distinguish between self-centered, insecure, childish relationships and other-centered, healthy, "grown-up" relationships. Using personal anecdotes and scriptural principles, they explain te ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published March 6th 2007)
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Claire Smith
some pretty decent advice in here. Now where do I go to find these ladies?
Friendships - they aren't much easier in adulthood than they were in growing up. This book tackles the subject of being mature in our friendships - particularly for women's friendships. It addresses various issues such as forgiveness, conflict resolution, communication skills, and grieving the loss of a friendship.
In growing in our relationship with Christ, this helps us to grow in our friendships with other women. Learning that ultimately He is our primary friend, He also uses others in our liv
I honestly think I have A LOT of growing up to do.. This book helped me realize that I haven't been very mature with all my friendships. Growing up is not a number thing it's a choice we make.
I thought this book had some great insights on friendships. I liked the basket concept, the levels of intimacy stages, the info on pushing buttons and what fear might look like, the lists of friendship skills, the permission to let go of some friendships, communication and more. I also appreciated the insight that 'men experience intimacy through shared activities, and women experience intimacy through verbal self-disclosure and shared emotion' (p. 102)

I'm going to enjoy giving this book as gra
Feb 26, 2008 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Women
Recommended to Jenny by: Small Group Study
Shelves: christian-reads
While this is a great book, it's original goal was for a small group. I wouldn't recommend it for a group of long time believers. The principle is simple and not really meaty enough for a group Bible study and there is a lack of scriptual references. The advise is good and I would recommend this book really to any woman...but more as a solo read.
I grew up without any idea of what a healthy relationship looked like. This book shows that God puts people in our lives for a reason. I really liked how it explained that not everybody is supposed to be your best friend and that learning how to distinguish between them can help put a lot less strain on your friendships!
Mostly cheesy but has some GREAT points to walk away with about adult friendship. We did the book through a woman's bible study. By the last 4+ chapters, we were ready to be done with the book, but we were all glad we had at least done the book.
Mandy J. J.
This is a good book to read for a Biblical overview of frienship. I would suggest anyone who is struggling with a frienship read it for great Biblical advice on solving some of your frienship frustrations.
This book is about how to maintain a healthy relationship with your best friend. Even as you grow older and marriage and children get in the way this book helps you keep a friendship strong.
I've read several books on friendship for women and this is the first that I've enjoyed and felt answered the questions I've had. Very practical and encouraging.
It's a hard world to navigate. This deals with all types of frienships and helped me not take things so personally. I have given this book to many of my close friends.
A glance at what the Bible says about women and friendship. Explains what God had in mind about our roles as friends when he created us.
Oct 18, 2007 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A very great book on a subject that is dear to my heart. It was a gift from Natalie and I cherish it!
Iraina Valencia
This is a great and easy read.
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