Former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel shares her experiences of growing up without true friends and how she learned to find and develop them as an adult through God's grace.
Not many people can say they lived their most crucial developmental years on the sound stage of a wildly popular TV show. But that's exactly what happened in Lisa Whelchel's life. As a child, she learned to guard her heart so tightly to avoid true hurt that she found herself unable to form lasting friendships as an adult.
Friendship for Grown-Ups details her experiences of learning to come out of her shell, to trust, risk, and become vulnerable by God's grace and find meaningful friendships. Readers encounter her captivating story and refreshing perspective on life's most precious gift--and they find practical tips for their own friendships along the way.
Lisa Whelchel was sent to Hollywood when she was very young-by herself. Sometimes her mother or grandmother would stay with her a few days, but for most of her life, Lisa was alone and had learned to rely on herself. She closed her heart off so no one would get close enough to hurt her.
This book is full of personal stories and advice.
Lisa is also very religious and talks openly of her relationship with her Saviour.
There are three lessons on the flap:
Lesson #1: It is Okay to be needy.
Lesson #2: It is important to be needy with safe people.
Lesson #3: It is helpful to know who the safe people are.
At the end of the book, Lisa breaks each chapter down with ideas and questions to move her reader into safe and good friendships.
I decided to try some of her advice to making and keeping friends. I set up a lunch date with two of my friends; texted my love to another and sent a message via Facebook to another. I hope this is only the beginning of me becoming a better friend as well.