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I received an ARC from Thomas Nelson, via NetGalley. This review is my opinion.

Kelly Needham approach to friendship and goes through the bible on what is and also the wrong attitudes that damage any relationship. I like how she emphasizes that God should be our center and it’s him who can help us truly love that we cannot replace God with any friend, we cannot give him half of our heart. That when that happens we can be a blessing and be a blessing to others without losing our sight of what really matters. Jesus.
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I absolutely loved this book's purpose: to define what a biblical friendship does and does not look like. The author does an amazing job explaining why we cannot ever be fully satisfied by our friendships (because we are meant to be satisfied by one Person).  I thought the comparison between friendships and marriage (and why these should be different) was well written too. Our society doesn't have the best intentions for friendship and I think this book does a great job examining those and discussing how we can be different as Christians.
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Friendish
By Kelly Needham

2 Stars

A few gems, but generally this is not a practical title.

People are hungry for real relationships and real friendships. A look on social media or the newspapers will tell us how many people are lonely, and how they are dealing with it or not. The loneliness epidemic is real and affecting individual’s wellbeing. 

This book, written from a Christian perspective, describes the issues and attributes the cause. It outlines how loneliness is destroying relationships and lives. I felt that the strategies the book gave were not particularly helpful for either individuals or groups in dealing with the matter. 

I felt that the book would not be helpful to those feeling lonely and does not offer great deal of practical advice for those wanting to do something about the epidemic.

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This title was provided by Netgalley and the publisher in return for an open and honest review.

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I've actually listened to Friend-ish twice and purchased the hard copy which is how much I love it. I think this is THE book for our times for Christian women. I stopped highlighting because basically everything in the book was worth highlighting. If you struggle with finding or keeping friends, or you're desiring a better understanding of what the Bible says about friendship this is the book for you. In my opinion, this book is required reading for today's Christian woman.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Super good read and very relevant for today’s youth and millennials. I found this easy to read and hard to put down! Will definitely recommend
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As a pastor who often counsels, I find often that people expected their spouse to fill all their emptiness. When this doesn’t happen they turn to friendships that often take the time, effort, and even non-sexual intimacy that should be given to their marriage. 
In this book the author looks at various ways that friendships have been redefined in our culture from healthy to invasive. Some call their friends their soulmates. More dedicated to their friends then the covenant of marriage. 
We need to understand what friendship looks like in light of Gods word. As well we need to understand how our culture has changed the definition of friendship so as to help restore marriages. 

Thank you to the publisher for providing this ebook for my review. In no way was I forced to review this book in anyway other than I felt it deserved.
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Friend-ish
Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion

by Kelly Needham

Nelson Books

Thomas Nelson

Christian

Pub Date 27 Aug 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Friend-Ish through Thomas Nelson and Netgalley:

In this book Bible teacher Kelly Needham debunks the world’s constricted view of friendship and casts a richer, more life-giving, biblical vision for friendship as God meant it to be.

Everyone wants a friend who is consistent, who is present and a friend who values us. A friend who values us, the longing for this type of friendship is something God wired in us.

We are reminded too that Eternal Life is found in knowing God. Eternal life is not separate from God, as if it were a gift given by him. Eternal life is him. We search for stability in our friendships but it is Jesus who is our stabilizer.

Friend-ish points out that friendship is important but our most important relationship is our relationship with Christ.

This book points out that as the family unit grows more unstable and the average age of marriage increases, a shift had taken place in our culture: for many people, friends now play the role of family. And just as with family relationships, our friendships often don’t turn out quite as we envisioned or hoped, and we wonder, Is there a better way to do this?

I give Friend-Ish five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!
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Earc from netgalley.

I did not really appreciate this one, it seemed to go on to long about the topic, and the way she talked about friendships seemed contradictory at times.
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This is the first book I read by Kelly Needham (is it her first?) and I´m ashamed to say that sometimes kind of skeptical with new authors... but this one was so good! I think she did a great job. I like the order in the topics, no bluff, very actual examples, very useful ideas, practical, down to earth. I´m so happy I got this book. I was convicted of several things and praying the Lord to change my heart... I think this book would be great to discuss with friends about friendship and how our relationship and limits are. I think this would be great for a graduation gift (when a girl is moving away and starting new friendships), or birthday present for young ladies. Why young? because I´d like to read this when I was younger. Also, it is for grown-up ladies because we still having friends and we need to grow in this area. Thankful about this one!. I wish I´d know Kelly. She sounds pretty wise, nice and kind. #Friendish
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