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

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

by John Townsend

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Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936034437
Publisher: Worthy
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Dr. John Townsend is a psychologist, speaker, and leadership coach. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 books that have sold 5 million copies, including Boundaries (2 million units sold), Leadership Beyond Reason, and Handling Difficult People. He co-hosts the nationally syndicated daily radio program, New Life Live, heard on 180 markets nationwide, with a listening audience of 3 million. Dr. Townsend and his family live in Southern California.

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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How to Be a Best Friend Forever 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
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.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
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.
flowergirlgl More than 1 year ago
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.