How to be a Best Friend Forever, Review and Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

“Do you want to be best friends?” I remember people asking me that in elementary school, and I thought it was kind of weird. Usually my thought was “I already have a best friend,” or “I don’t even really know you. How do I know you got what it takes to me a best friend?”

Today with so many online connections, including blogging relations, Facebook “friends” from elementary school and beyond, the concept of what a real friend is has evolved to an extent. John Townsend’s How to Be a Best Friend Forever: Making and Keeping Lifetime Relationships examines the role of friendship in our lives and challenges us to make more of these vital relationships — both for our own good and so that we can be better friends.

I underlined and starred and folded so many pages in this book. It’s a pretty slim volume, and it’s completely readable, so for those of you who think “When do I have time to read a book?” don’t worry! This is the kind of book that you can get through by reading a chapter or two here or there, and with each chapter you’ll find at least one nugget to think about and hopefully apply to your life (see a sneak preview at the excerpt Five Best Friendship Rules to Live By over at 5 Minutes for Books).

Whether you know you need to strengthen your friendships or you feel overwhelmed about maintaining the ones you have, you will find advice and encouragement in this book. There’s even a study guide at the back of the book with questions about each chapter to help you pinpoint who your best friends really are and how you can be a better friend to them.

I’m excited that we have a copy to give away, thanks to the publisher (U.S. and Canadian shipping only). Leave a comment here if you’d like to win (and see below for more chances to win). We’ll announce the winner in this weekly book giveaway column on Monday January 30.

I’ve reprinted the Five Best Friendship Rules to Live By over at 5 Minutes for Books. Read them to get a sample of what you’ll find in this book. If you leave a comment over there, it will give you an extra chance to win. I’ve also shared what friendship means to me over at my personal blog Snapshot, and you can also earn an extra entry for commenting over there as well. I’d love to hear what your friends mean to you!

The winner of One Moment, One Morning is #30 Tia.

Original review by 5 Minutes for Books Managing Editor Jennifer Donovan, who loves exploring the themes of friendship at her Snapshot blog.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Nadia January 16, 2012 at 2:34 am

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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2 Melissa (Book Nut) January 16, 2012 at 9:06 am

So, I’m having issues with one of my friends right now, and a few of the things you highlighted (over at 5 minutes for books), makes me intrigued about this one. I could use a primer on friendships… :-)

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3 Patricia January 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I have a best friend and she’s going through a rough patch with a cancer diagnosis. I want to be the best friend I can be for her and I would love to read what this book has to say about it.

Thanks

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4 Ellen C. January 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’d like to win. Thanks for the chance.

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5 Shannon B January 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I would like to read this.

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6 Raine January 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I’d love to read this.

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7 Susan Smith January 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Sounds like a good book

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8 Tammy Gordon January 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Sounds like a good book!

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9 tennille January 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I could use some hints on how to be a better friend

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10 Shelly Burton January 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Would like to win this one…sounds like one to spark conversations! Thanks

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11 Brenda Smith January 16, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I really would love this book. I need all the help I can get with friendships. I am real bad at it.

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12 Meelah January 17, 2012 at 12:33 am

I would like to win a copy of this book. I have not been a great friend nor have I had great friends and would appreciate some tips, I am getting kind of old and lonely is not fun!

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13 renee walters January 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

I would love to read this! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Renee Walters
Bored2quickly@hotmail.com

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14 Desmond January 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

Count me in, please!

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15 dani January 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

Sounds like a good book to read! Thanks for the chance to win it.

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16 Shakara January 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

This would definitely be a good read for me.

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17 June January 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I would love to win this book.

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18 Christina Gould January 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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19 Alison S. January 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My best friend lives across the country from me. I’m learning to be a friend to make more friends rather than waiting for new friends to just happen. I would love to read this book and learn to be a great friend.

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20 rachel0 January 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

i would love to be better friends; especially since i’ve moved and need to make new ones as well as keep up with old ones!

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21 lisa January 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

would love read this!

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22 Carrie, Reading to Know January 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

Heck yeah! This sounds awesome!!!

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23 nikhil January 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Good chance for someone to win this book.. cool..!

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24 Don January 20, 2012 at 5:54 am

My wife & I would enjoy reading this one.

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25 Marci January 20, 2012 at 6:11 am

Thank you for the chance. Sounds wonderful!

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26 Jennifer O. January 20, 2012 at 6:41 am

I’d love this title!

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27 Cindy T. January 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

I happened to run across your books for the first time today. I would love to read one of them!

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28 Kashif January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I have spent a bit of time going through your posts, more than I should have but I must say,pregnancy, many Thanks….

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29 shahab uddin January 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

I have read your article.Very nice to enjoy.Thanks a lot

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30 Jill January 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I would love to spend some time this year recommitting to my friendships.

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31 susan varney January 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

this book sounds like something i could read mverno@roadrunner.com

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32 Sus January 21, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Sounds like an interesting read.
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33 Christine January 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I would love to win this book.
Thanks for the chance!

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34 Kirsten January 22, 2012 at 3:41 am

I think friends are the light of life and having a best friend is invaluable. I’d love to read this book!

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35 Terri January 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

I seem to have one BFF and some acquaintances. In the past two years one BFF moved, one passed away, and another one is moving. I need to grow more friendships!

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36 Austin K. January 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I’d like to win it, thanks!

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37 Anne January 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

This is a wonderful giveaway. thanks for this chance.

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38 DebbyM January 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I would love to read this book….I feel so “deficient” because I don’t seem to have any long-time (you know from way back in college days) BFF’s. What’s up with that? Ugh.

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39 Chuck January 23, 2012 at 7:01 am

Thanks for the chance to win.

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40 CMC January 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I’d love to have this – seems like a great read!

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41 angie January 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm

love this sounds like such a sweet book
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42 Lisa January 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

Would love to read this!

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43 Karen Gonyea January 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

This looks like an amazing book and one I could use right now :)

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44 Holly Haas January 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I love this topic, and the cover picture!

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45 Van January 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

A good and inspiring book to read.

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46 gaitha January 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

I would love this book!

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47 kelley arslanian January 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I would love the opportunity to read this book and share it with my friends!

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48 Lori January 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Very interesting to read I’m sure.

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49 Angela E. January 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I could learn allot about friendships with this book.

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50 Marianna
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January 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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51 Jennifer January 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

I would love to win!

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52 Ann January 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

I am interested in this book for my autistic son. I am always looking for ways to help him socially. Thanks!

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53 Garrett January 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I know my girlfriend would like to read this one.

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54 Jason January 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This sounds like a fantastic book. Thanks for the chance

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55 Jeff January 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

Thank-you for the chance to read a good book.

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56 James Coyne January 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

i would love to win this book

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57 Ed Nemmers January 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Yes, I would love to win.

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58 amylmcclellan January 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm

im always looking for something new to read. thanks for the chance.

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59 Tia January 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

This sounds like a great read.
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60 shirley pebbles January 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Sounds like an awesome read. Thanks for the review.

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61 Ana January 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm

This book seems very interesting.

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62 Jane H January 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Everyone can take away a little something from this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

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63 timothysternberg January 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I would love to win!

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64 Sand January 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

This sounds like a great book.

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65 heather c January 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I would love this! I do have friends I’ve had for a long time, but I’d love to have a few go-to girls that would back me in anything I do.

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66 Agboga joan March 4, 2013 at 7:52 am

I will like to read this book, So dat i wil know more about friends.

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