How to be a Best Friend Forever, Review and Giveaway

“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.


  1. says

    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… :-)

  2. says

    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.


  3. Meelah says

    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!

  4. Alison S. says

    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.

  5. rachel0 says

    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!

  6. Terri says

    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!

  7. DebbyM says

    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.

  8. heather c says

    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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