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Friending: Real Relationships in a Virtual World

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The notion of friendship is under broad review. A highly mobile and increasingly busy society--rootless, some might argue--means that most of our relationships can't depend solely on face-to-face contact to flourish. The increasing prominence of the virtual landscape--where the language of friendship has been co-opted to describe relationships ranging from intimate to ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by IVP Books
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M Christopher
A charming little book, well-written and thoughtful. Dr. Baab has essentially presented two books in one. The first five chapters examine how friendship has changed (or not) due to the advent of technologies from writing to the telephone to the internet. The remainder of the book is more of a "how-to," namely, how to be a good friend within the concepts of Scripture. There are no great new truths here but some gentle reminders of just what true friendship requires of us and contributes to our ...more
Sara Jane Kehler
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
FRIENDING is about so much more than virtual communication; it is an encouraging nudge toward healthy friendships in ALL forms - both virtual and physical.

"...each person we meet has the potential to become a friend for life." (Lynne M. Baab)

To be sure, this book is informative, but even more than that, it's clear while reading that everything in this book comes straight from Lynne's heart. And although Lynne writes from a biblical viewpoint, she doesn't fill the pages with endless Bible verses
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A really thoughtful, insightful book about friendship in the context of technology. I had feared that Baab might have a negative view of social media, and would say that online relationships are destined to be shallow and meaningless. But instead, she had a really respectful view of the ways that social media can enhance relationships, while still acknowledging its shortcomings.

I liked the way the book was structured. The content was very personal, and most of her observations and points
Bethany Carlson
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Challenging yet fair; imaginative, yet practical. Friendship seems like it should be second nature, and maybe for some people it is - but I liked having a lot of real life examples of what works for some friendships and what doesn't for others. I've lived on several continents and both coasts of the US, so figuring out to navigate evolving friendships across geographies as well as time is a challenge. Lynne presents some compelling ideas that I am sure I will be mulling over for a long time.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
It felt sorta slow at points but gave me lots to think about. I find myself using some of the info, findings, and thoughts in conversations.
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I was born in Washington, DC, and moved at 18 months to Athens, Greece. That would be the first of 12 moves in my first 15 years. My dad was in the military. Two of the few constants in my life were church attendance and reading.

As a kid I loved Nancy Drew, the Little House on the Prairie books, and the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. Probably my most favorite were the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart