How to Be a Best Friend Forever: Making and Keeping Lifetime Relationships

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In this fast-paced, technological world, people are becoming increasingly isolated. Now the best-selling author of Boundaries helps listeners break through relationship barriers and reveals the eight vital skills necessary for building long term, rewarding friendships. Best-selling author John Townsend helps listeners work through the eight vital skills necessary for building long-term, rewarding friendships: 1) Understanding the rewards of lasting friendships, 2) Choosing friends who are equal and share your ...

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In this fast-paced, technological world, people are becoming increasingly isolated. Now the best-selling author of Boundaries helps listeners break through relationship barriers and reveals the eight vital skills necessary for building long term, rewarding friendships. Best-selling author John Townsend helps listeners work through the eight vital skills necessary for building long-term, rewarding friendships: 1) Understanding the rewards of lasting friendships, 2) Choosing friends who are equal and share your values, 3) Friendship is not about you, 4) Common interests fuel friendships, 5) Friends listen long and listen well, 6) Give friends the grace you need, 7) Friends hold each other accountable, and 8) Catch friends doing right things. These simple, but profound concepts will transform listeners' closest relationships and increase their overall satisfaction and quality of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613750179
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John Townsend is co-author of the 2 million copy selling Boundaries, which after a decade is still a CBA Top 20 bestseller. His books have sold over 4 million copies. He is co-host of the nationally syndicated New Life Live radio show featured on XM/Sirius radio.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Lifelines 1

Chapter 1 Fs, BFs, and BFFs 19

Chapter 2 The Accidental Necessity 33

Chapter 3 Life Is Better When We Are Hanging Out Together 47

Chapter 4 The Time Investment 57

Chapter 5 BFs in a Facebook World 67

Chapter 6 Speed Dial 73

Chapter 7 What Matters Most 79

Chapter 8 Permission to Speak the Truth 87

Chapter 9 No Explanation Needed 103

Chapter 10 Family, Friends, and Family Friends 113

Conclusion: The Power of BFs 125

Study Guide 129

Notes 175

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Self-Help For Friendships

    What is a friend and how can someone bring friends into their lives? That is the premise of Dr. John Townsend's book, How To Be A Best Friend Forever. His position is that friends are our second family, those who after we are nurtured in our birth families, help us to finish growing outside that protective environment. They bring needed diversity of opinion. Of course, to have a friend, one must be a friend and Townsend covers what makes a great friend and what one must do to have them.

    Best friends should not be considered an exclusive title, he suggests, but rather an inclusive category such as best movies or best songs. An individual needs a variety of best friends, each of whom brings a different viewpoint that allows the rounding out of one's personality. Nor are best friends better than other friends rather they are those whom an individual feels the most connection with.

    In order to be a good friend, several items are required. One must commit time and effort to building the relationship. The shared times are currency in a friendship bank that allow withdrawals when that is inevitable. Friends should make sustained efforts to carve out time for their friends and to be available when they are needed.

    Another item that is required is the commitment to be vulnerable, to let the friend see you as you are, to know your strengths and weaknesses, your faults and your best characteristics. Without this vulnerability, there is not a best friend relationship but a strong acquaintanceship one. Finally, truth is an absolute necessity; the truth to reveal yourself honestly, and the truth to tell your friend what they may not want to hear but need to.

    Dr. Townsend is a psychologist, speaker and leadership coach. He has a daily radio show and has authored several other bestselling books. His advice is succinct and written in an approachable manner. This book is recommended for those interested in bringing another resource into their lives, and those interested in nurturing and sustaining the friendships they already have.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    How to keep friends

    The way i learned is by this book and personal experience with my friend.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    How to Be a Best Friend Forever Dr. John Townsend Book Summary:

    How to Be a Best Friend Forever Dr. John Townsend Book Summary: Our
    world has diluted the meaning of friendship, but the reality is, there’s
    nothing like the sustaining strength of true-blue, forever friends.
    Still, many people are convinced that they’ll never find such lifelong
    connections—or that they don’t need them. In this encouraging book,
    best-selling author and psychologist John Townsend delivers hope and
    help for making these relationships a reality—and for making them even
    better if you’ve already got a “bestie.” His eight principles for
    building the very best kind of friendship, along with his shared
    experiences within his own friendships (including mistakes he’s made),
    will move every reader to aspire to deeper connections and to stay the
    course when challenges arise. Townsend’s simple but profound concepts
    are sure to transform readers’ relationships and keep them from missing
    out on one of life’s greatest and most essential joys: the joy of having
    a best friend. Review: I found this book to be a good help for how to
    be a better friend and how to nurture a friendship. I really liked the
    aspect of the book referring to the how we need a variety of friends. It
    was a tremendous help with understanding the varied aspects of
    friendship. The book draws on the author's own experiences. It was very
    detailed with the varied aspects of friendship and how to grow a
    friendship even deeper through shared experiences and suffering. It also
    help with explaining how friendships may suffer from experiences that
    can stall a growing friendship. I would like to thank Net Galley and
    Worthy Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return
    for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Definitely a must read

    I read snippets online, and I purchased the book for myself when I couldn't get enough. I have highlighted almost the whole thing, and I even bought a copy for my bff.

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