Never Unfriended was a book I read at just the right time. It spoke encouragment and life into a season of my life when I needed it most.
Lisa-Jo Baker was very transparent within the pages of this book. You can hear her heart being poured out and her passion for women to set aside the things that divide us and to be the friend. She points out that so often we wait for others to be the friend first, which sometimes happens but a lot of times, doesn’t. So instead of saying “They didn’t even talk to me!”, we should be the ones getting out of our comfort zone to be the friend.
What I most loved about this book was her willingness to share with her readers that this doesn’t come naturally to her, either. She doesn’t even halfway pretend that she’s mastered being the friend. However, she does share her successes from when she’s taken the first step and watched God start forming relationships.
The chapter that stuck with me most was the one that addressed how often we believe certain lies that Satan tells us and we script different stories to make the other women seem like villians. In truth, they are the in the same boat as us, navigating the stormy waters of womanhood and friendships.
Lisa-Jo doesn’t sugar coat things to make her readers think that this friend thing is easy. She addresses how we all have an inner teen girl within us who wants to be with the “cool table” and liked by all. Most of us are afraid to let people see the messes in our homes so we keep the doors shut. Never Unfriended challenges readers to fling those doors open, step out of their comfort zones, and the be the friend first.
I received this book free from B & H Publishing.