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Why is it so challenging to create and keep meaningful friendships? Amanda Anderson provides the wise and witty answers, giving practical advice and sharing personal stories to guide us toward the kinds of friendships we long for. Blending faith-based insights and psychological truths, All My Friends Have Issues is a liberating guide to finding and becoming an authentic an Why is it so challenging to create and keep meaningful friendships? Amanda Anderson provides the wise and witty answers, giving practical advice and sharing personal stories to guide us toward the kinds of friendships we long for. Blending faith-based insights and psychological truths, All My Friends Have Issues is a liberating guide to finding and becoming an authentic and encouraging friend.  “Anderson becomes the friend we’ve always needed and, in the process, helps us become a better friend.” —Elisa Morgan, president emerita of MOPS International, speaker, and author of The Beauty of Broken “Be ready to laugh and then to learn as Amanda shares her weaknesses and foibles in her relationships with herself and her friends.” —David Stoop, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of You Are What You Think  “A captivating and often hilarious book.” —Milan and Kay Yerkovich, authors of How We Love and How We Love Our Kids   “Fun and informative. . . . A book I highly recommend!” —Debbie Alsdorf, speaker and author of It’s Momplicated and The Faith Dare “Warm, funny, authentic, and relatable.” —Vivian Mabuni, speaker and author of Open Hands, Willing Heart


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Why is it so challenging to create and keep meaningful friendships? Amanda Anderson provides the wise and witty answers, giving practical advice and sharing personal stories to guide us toward the kinds of friendships we long for. Blending faith-based insights and psychological truths, All My Friends Have Issues is a liberating guide to finding and becoming an authentic an Why is it so challenging to create and keep meaningful friendships? Amanda Anderson provides the wise and witty answers, giving practical advice and sharing personal stories to guide us toward the kinds of friendships we long for. Blending faith-based insights and psychological truths, All My Friends Have Issues is a liberating guide to finding and becoming an authentic and encouraging friend.  “Anderson becomes the friend we’ve always needed and, in the process, helps us become a better friend.” —Elisa Morgan, president emerita of MOPS International, speaker, and author of The Beauty of Broken “Be ready to laugh and then to learn as Amanda shares her weaknesses and foibles in her relationships with herself and her friends.” —David Stoop, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of You Are What You Think  “A captivating and often hilarious book.” —Milan and Kay Yerkovich, authors of How We Love and How We Love Our Kids   “Fun and informative. . . . A book I highly recommend!” —Debbie Alsdorf, speaker and author of It’s Momplicated and The Faith Dare “Warm, funny, authentic, and relatable.” —Vivian Mabuni, speaker and author of Open Hands, Willing Heart

30 review for All My Friends Have Issues: Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    “By all means, set high standards for all your pursuits.... But by no means set unrealistic expectations for yourself in friendship. Forgive and make allowances for each other and then notice your level of joy.” I first heard Amanda speak three years ago when she gave a talk to our MOPS group. I try to hold close her takeaway of “There’s enough good in good enough,” which she also touches on in this book. I have admired Amanda ever since and fangirl just a bit anytime I hear her name mentioned! I “By all means, set high standards for all your pursuits.... But by no means set unrealistic expectations for yourself in friendship. Forgive and make allowances for each other and then notice your level of joy.” I first heard Amanda speak three years ago when she gave a talk to our MOPS group. I try to hold close her takeaway of “There’s enough good in good enough,” which she also touches on in this book. I have admired Amanda ever since and fangirl just a bit anytime I hear her name mentioned! I absolutely adored this book. I knew it was going to be good when I opened to the first chapter and found one of my favorite quotes from Anne of Green Gables about finding your kindred spirits. This book felt like an old, trusted friend was giving me advice, wrapped in cozy blankets (or quilts!), over hot coffee. Amanda is funny, authentic, real, endearing and willing to laugh at herself over past struggles or embarrassments, making her extremely relatable. I loved hearing her stories, the scripture, and the reminders of how we can be good friends to one another. How we can support and encourage when we are authentic and vulnerable with one another. I can’t wait to reread this book and dive deeper into it with my girlfriends. My favorite chapter was Two Superhero’s and No Sidekick. I have struggled with comparison in the past (who hasn’t?) and I loved the takeaways from this chapter and how she effortlessly sheds light on some of my past failed friendships (codependency) that I hold on to guilt over. I appreciated her honest and humorous start of the chapter where she admits to always having a nemesis. “It somehow has seemed to give my life a little more interest to have a Newman to my Seinfeld, a Mr. Heckles to my Rachel and Monica, a Slugworth to my Willy Wonka.” I love her reminder to encourage and empower one another and check on the health of our friendships. “Through this friendship I have come to judge the health of other friendships: the measure of our love for each other is how much we want to see the other succeed. This concept is called mutual mentoring, in which two people see themselves as different but equal. I’m not your project and you’re not mine. Rather “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17). Different gifts. Equal strength.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patch405 (Shannon Barghols)

    Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I requested it because I have a teenage daughter, and she believes that she is the only one with “issues.” I have tried to explain that everyone has issues – maybe even her same issues. So, I thought this book might provide some insight that I could share with her. What I found was plenty of insight for myself! Focusing on authenticity, encouragement, and accountability, Anderson provides a framework for ‘building remarkable relationships with imperfect Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I requested it because I have a teenage daughter, and she believes that she is the only one with “issues.” I have tried to explain that everyone has issues – maybe even her same issues. So, I thought this book might provide some insight that I could share with her. What I found was plenty of insight for myself! Focusing on authenticity, encouragement, and accountability, Anderson provides a framework for ‘building remarkable relationships with imperfect people.” Anderson’s own authenticity rings true as she shares personal antidotes about her own friendships. She writes with the perfect balance of personal stories, good advice, and Biblical focus. Her approach to advice is very encouraging – as opposed to preachy or condensing. She seems to truly want everyone to enjoy the full capacity of friendships. I marked a ton of highlights in my book. There are amazing thoughts on grace and what it truly means to be a friend. It will have an audience with adult women, but the majority of the book can apply to teenage girls as well. I will definitely be sharing it with mine. Friendships are a key part of my life. I often blog about friendships I treasure – as well as a bunch of other things - at www.Patch405.com. I received an advance digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gatliff

    This book was an interesting read. Amanda shared some helpful insights to friendships and even some of her mistakes in them. This book was encouraging and challenging at the same time. Who doesn't want to experience wonderful friendships? This requires us to be vulnerable, forgiving, and committed to one another even in our weaknesses.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I can't tell you how many times I have heard a woman say she isn't good at making friends or being a good friend. Like so often. Female friendships are so tricky. And I have often felt the same way. So I jumped at the chance to read this book. AND HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE A BOOK THAT STARS BY QUOTING FRIENDS!! Okay, but in all reality, the first few chapters I thought for sure that it was the book that I needed about 5-8 years ago but that I wasn't going to get anything else out of it. I moved around I can't tell you how many times I have heard a woman say she isn't good at making friends or being a good friend. Like so often. Female friendships are so tricky. And I have often felt the same way. So I jumped at the chance to read this book. AND HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE A BOOK THAT STARS BY QUOTING FRIENDS!! Okay, but in all reality, the first few chapters I thought for sure that it was the book that I needed about 5-8 years ago but that I wasn't going to get anything else out of it. I moved around that time and felt lonely and friendless after leaving all that I had known and been comfortable with. A new city, where I knew no one with four kids. My goodness, I felt like I didn't have a clue who I was or what kind of friend I was looking for. That version of me needed this book....or so I thought. Since then I've found the exact types of friends that she opens the book talking about. I have become an expert at setting boundaries and saying no when I need to and and I'm even learning to say yes a little bit more. So I really wasn't sure that I needed this book. About that time I thought about skimming. Maybe I'd just skim my way through the rest just so that I could say I finished. (I'm a finisher, gosh darn it, a finisher!) She talks so much about authenticity in the beginning, which I totally get....but authenticity is something so important to me and highly important in friendship. So while I understand how this could resonate with a lot of people, some even whom I know, it doesn't with me. I don't see how you could have a true relationship without authenticity. Which is the author's point I supposed, but has not been an issue for me. Then, suddenly, I realized this book was not just about finding friends...it was about being a better friend to the ones you have...and therefore becoming a better version of ourselves. Oh my goodness. Why am I so dense? It's about accepting ourselves among out friends. It's about opening ourselves to up to being friends with those we wouldn't typically choose as friends. It's about being open and available to people--and to ourselves. I realized as I read that every woman really needs this message, because we truly are better together. She opened up things from the Bible that I'd never seen before about friendship. Like how the disciples were truly the best example of friendships from the Bible. All of them were different, differing backgrounds and differing current opinions, but they came together, got along, under one purpose and one mission. Also, I loved the idea that each friend could be there for a specific need we have. As in, we shouldn't expect one friend to be everything for us and fill every need....like one big super friend...the way we always see it in movies and TV. But that different friends can be there for us in differing ways and vice versa. I mean, I started to really, REALLY like the author. We don't have a ton in common but I throughout the pages I just really like her. And I think that's pretty important in an author writing a book about friendships. Plus her quotes are GREAT! They are fun and funny and relevant. Not stuffy and boring like so many chapter beginners. And she thinks Chris Pratt is dreamy....How could I not love her for that. At one point I looked up other reviews (which I always do after I've already started the book because I don't like starting the book with a cloud of judgement from other reviewers). And I was shocked and not shocked that the bad reviews were pretty much all people who didn't know it was a Christian book and read it anyway....then reviewed it poorly for the author being Christian and talking about the Bible and Christianity! (eye-roll) I truly don't understand how a reviewer could read this and think the author judgmental. The only thing that made sense to me about that is that they jumped to the judgmental conclusion because she is a Christian the book is very "religious" meaning it quotes the Bible and has a Christian world view. She seriously gives so much grace that someone who didn't read or see that has to be simply reading into her words through their own hurt. In the end, this is a book that all women (or maybe all "Christian" women?) could learn a ton from. We need each other in so many ways and I can't help but wanting to share this book with all the women I know who have said they aren't a good friend or aren't good at making friendships. Start by reading this book and becoming the friend you want to have. >>Thank you to the publisher for a review copy of this book. My opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Allyson Marshall

    This book started very slow, as in I almost didn't finish it which is against all I believe when reading (finish what you start). If that hadn't been the case, I would have given it 4 stars. The second half of the book really lays out how to work in your friend relationships to keep them going. Being a mom and maintaining friendships is hard, but it is worth it. Her encouragement and examples of how dear her friends are really pushed that point. More importantly was how to leave friendships and This book started very slow, as in I almost didn't finish it which is against all I believe when reading (finish what you start). If that hadn't been the case, I would have given it 4 stars. The second half of the book really lays out how to work in your friend relationships to keep them going. Being a mom and maintaining friendships is hard, but it is worth it. Her encouragement and examples of how dear her friends are really pushed that point. More importantly was how to leave friendships and that doing so is ok as long as you go about it the right way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Cushman

    Relatable, practical, engaging, and so helpful for women who love their friends but want to love them better. Also so insightful for not only being a Christ-centered friend to others, but also how to RECEIVE that friendship in return. What a refreshing take on real life friendships and how God truly can be at the center of them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marja Verschoor-Meijers

    I enjoyed reading Amanda Anderson's book. First of all, because it has a healthy dose of humor in it and second, because it is loaded with life stories and practical tips. Good friendships are hard to come by and hard to keep, so it wouldn't hurt to read a well-balanced book about this topic. All my friends have issues is such a book. I found the chapters a little long for my taste, but I could buy a bookmark of course :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    MacKenzie

    Excellent book- everyone should have this book around as a manual on friendship!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a light hearted and fun read packed with truth on how to develop solid and authentic friendships. The tone feels like you’re having coffee with a girlfriend. Of course, this friend just happens to be a smart, well read, quirky and funny woman who places a high value on authentic and loving friendship. You will laugh and learn in abundance.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ellie | Complete and Equipped

    I was really excited to read the book based on the description but was kind of disappointed in some of the content. So much so that I chose not to finish the book. In the second chapter, Amanda discusses one of her friendships that she appreciates because she can say not great things about others and know that what she says won't leave the conversation. She justifies this by saying we all need friendships like this. I struggle with gossip and it has been a sin I have put a lot of prayer into bec I was really excited to read the book based on the description but was kind of disappointed in some of the content. So much so that I chose not to finish the book. In the second chapter, Amanda discusses one of her friendships that she appreciates because she can say not great things about others and know that what she says won't leave the conversation. She justifies this by saying we all need friendships like this. I struggle with gossip and it has been a sin I have put a lot of prayer into because I have seen the bitterness and hurt it causes, so to see that she justifies it because her friend won't spread what she said doesn't sit right with me. God sees it and knows our hearts. I'd rather have a friend who supports me in that struggle rather than encourage it. She also stated that there are deal-breakers in friendship (nothing wrong with that), but insinuated that she would be just fine if someone essentially ghosted her because they didn't like something about her. That can be so hurtful if we repeat those patterns to others. I really liked a lot of the content but had issues with those two things. Based off of what I read up until those statements, I would have given it four stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    All My Friends Have Issues Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me) by Amanda Anderson Nelson Books Thomas Nelson Christian Pub Date 09 Jul 2019 I am reviewing a copy of All My Friends Have Issues through Nelson Books and Netgalley: In this book we are shown we are shown why it is so challenging to make and keep genuine friends as well as the importance of having those very type of friends. We are reminded too of the importance of being genuine and honest in our friendships, adm All My Friends Have Issues Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me) by Amanda Anderson Nelson Books Thomas Nelson Christian Pub Date 09 Jul 2019 I am reviewing a copy of All My Friends Have Issues through Nelson Books and Netgalley: In this book we are shown we are shown why it is so challenging to make and keep genuine friends as well as the importance of having those very type of friends. We are reminded too of the importance of being genuine and honest in our friendships, admitting our faults as well as our strengths. We are encouraged in this book to be brave and to be honest with ourselves and our friends. The book also goes on to point out that there is a difference between us being flawed, which we all are and us being foolish. We are reminded too of the importance of giving genuine apologies when we hurt someone. I give All My Friends Have Issues five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kaleena

    First of all, I would like to thank Nelson Books for sending me an ARC from the goodreads give-a-ways. So...WOW...I am so thankful that I read this book. I so needed to hear what was on these pages. I am an introvert that has always struggled with female friendships with people my age due to past experiences. I loved this book. It pushed me. It challenged me. It made a difference in my life. Amanda Anderson writes in ways that are relatable, realistic, and reassuring. Her wisdom and real-life ex First of all, I would like to thank Nelson Books for sending me an ARC from the goodreads give-a-ways. So...WOW...I am so thankful that I read this book. I so needed to hear what was on these pages. I am an introvert that has always struggled with female friendships with people my age due to past experiences. I loved this book. It pushed me. It challenged me. It made a difference in my life. Amanda Anderson writes in ways that are relatable, realistic, and reassuring. Her wisdom and real-life experiences she shares about herself and other friends are valuable gems to glean from. My favorite chapter was chapter seven...I literally have new life mottos from this section. I would recommend this book...highly and I deeply appreciate Amanda Anderson's work.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Amanda Anderson writes with wit, humor and warmth about her own findings, failings, and growth as she has struggled to find, and to be, a good friend to others and to herself. Her journey is filled with relatable, sometimes embarrassing, and several 'AHA' moments that easily resonate with her readers. If you too, have longed to Build Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me), this book is for you! And for so many others (perhaps not as self-aware as you are!) as well. Well done, Ms. Amanda Anderson writes with wit, humor and warmth about her own findings, failings, and growth as she has struggled to find, and to be, a good friend to others and to herself. Her journey is filled with relatable, sometimes embarrassing, and several 'AHA' moments that easily resonate with her readers. If you too, have longed to Build Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me), this book is for you! And for so many others (perhaps not as self-aware as you are!) as well. Well done, Ms. Anderson. You get 4.5 rounded up to 5 stars from me!! Many thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers for allowing me the privilege of reading this delightful book in exchange for an unbiased reviews. All opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    All My Friends Have Issues By Amanda Anderson Our lives are full of relationships. Some come naturally but most require work and intention. Amanda Anderson addresses how to navigate friendship in an easy to read and engaging way. This book read like a conversation with a wise friend. Anderson is honest and genuine in sharing how to identify and work towards relationships we desire. I was able to recognize qualities in myself I need to work on and how to encourage and support friendships to blossom All My Friends Have Issues By Amanda Anderson Our lives are full of relationships. Some come naturally but most require work and intention. Amanda Anderson addresses how to navigate friendship in an easy to read and engaging way. This book read like a conversation with a wise friend. Anderson is honest and genuine in sharing how to identify and work towards relationships we desire. I was able to recognize qualities in myself I need to work on and how to encourage and support friendships to blossom into God-honoring relationships. I enjoyed this book greatly and recommend it for women of all ages. My book is full of highlighter! I received a copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ erica ˎˊ˗

    Thank you to NetGalley and Nelson Books for giving me a digital copy of this book to read and honestly review. I have to admit starting out that I got a little excited and requested this book before realizing that it was a Christian book. I decided to read it anyway because it's a book about friendship, how religious can it be? Answer: Extremely religious. It's filled with scripture and religious anecdotes, lots of love for God and Jesus that is no doubt extremely genuine. All of the authors frie Thank you to NetGalley and Nelson Books for giving me a digital copy of this book to read and honestly review. I have to admit starting out that I got a little excited and requested this book before realizing that it was a Christian book. I decided to read it anyway because it's a book about friendship, how religious can it be? Answer: Extremely religious. It's filled with scripture and religious anecdotes, lots of love for God and Jesus that is no doubt extremely genuine. All of the authors friends seem to be Christian and I'm not sure if the judgy author could even be friends with someone who isn't. I didn't really like this book and starting at about 65%, I skimmed the rest of the way through.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Greenlaw

    Easy 5 stars. This book was so so good. It was entirely engaging from the very beginning. There were heavy doses of humor peppered throughout the entire book which reminded me somewhat of Jen Hatmaker's writing. While this book was enjoyable there was also a lot of good advice and information in it. I was worried it would be a stereotypical Christian book that tells you God is your best friend so you don't actually need human friends. But this was very practical. There was actual advice on conne Easy 5 stars. This book was so so good. It was entirely engaging from the very beginning. There were heavy doses of humor peppered throughout the entire book which reminded me somewhat of Jen Hatmaker's writing. While this book was enjoyable there was also a lot of good advice and information in it. I was worried it would be a stereotypical Christian book that tells you God is your best friend so you don't actually need human friends. But this was very practical. There was actual advice on connecting with other women, how you know it's time to walk away from friendships, and when it might be time to apologize yourself. It was a lot to think about, not surfacy stuff. I highly recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sondra Retzlaff

    I was delighted with this book! The author uses Biblical insights and insights from professional work by Christian psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend (the books are Safe People and Boundaries, which I also have--can you tell I have challenges in being a good friend?) together with practical advice on how to have better friendships in real life, and particularly, how to acknowledge and address your own role in the problems being encountered. (That was a run-on sentence-ha!) She definitel I was delighted with this book! The author uses Biblical insights and insights from professional work by Christian psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend (the books are Safe People and Boundaries, which I also have--can you tell I have challenges in being a good friend?) together with practical advice on how to have better friendships in real life, and particularly, how to acknowledge and address your own role in the problems being encountered. (That was a run-on sentence-ha!) She definitely advocates for some digging deep and raising self awareness, which really goes a long way toward healthy friendships. I'll be reading this again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marvy Herrera

    I received an ARC from Thomas Nelson Books, via NetGalley this review is my opinion. What a funny and deep book, Amanda Anderson with a hilarious and honest way opens herself about her and her friends and goes step by step in this maze called friendship. With practical and biblical advice she approaches this necessary topic in our modern society. One of the things I like about this book is that it is more of the honesty and real-life situations. Amanda Anderson shows us that life can be messy an I received an ARC from Thomas Nelson Books, via NetGalley this review is my opinion. What a funny and deep book, Amanda Anderson with a hilarious and honest way opens herself about her and her friends and goes step by step in this maze called friendship. With practical and biblical advice she approaches this necessary topic in our modern society. One of the things I like about this book is that it is more of the honesty and real-life situations. Amanda Anderson shows us that life can be messy and sometimes complicated, but by the grace of God we have an opportunity on growing godly and good friendship.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan Byrd

    Amanda takes about her friendships and the lessons she's learned through mistakes, experience, and growth. She reminds us that not all relationships are meant to be sustained, but even good ones require work and grace. I appreciate her honesty and perspective. She reminds us of the importance and benefits of having strong female friendships. A great book for those who want to strengthen their relationships of all kinds.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I feel like this book should be required reading for every girl when she enters the tween arena. Author Amanda Anderson helps girls both young and old navigate through relationships (and relationship issues) with grace. She gives practical advice on creating boundaries while also serving others. Instead of teaching women that life should be all about them because they deserve the world, Anderson offers women a chance at learning to be gracious, humble and kind. A much needed message today!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Whoa, not for me. Very religious. I tried to read it anyway and keep an open mind but the author’s points didn’t even make sense to me. And it was very distracting mentioning God/Jesus/prayer/church multiple times in every page. I mean, I learned enough from the book to know she was being her authentic self, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Moore

    I think I enjoyed the whole first part of the book more so than the last third. I love her authenticity throughout and raw emotions that come out. She doesn’t sugarcoat but I felt the last 4 chapters were watered down.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin McConnell

    The thought that ran through my head the entire time I read this book was "Wow, I'm not the only one!" Amanda gets it and she offers insight and scripture to help us navigate friendships in a society of self.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dalphia

    It had interesting advice for continuing friendships, but didn't give me much insight on how to find those friends in the first place. With that in mind, I found it a difficult read and was unable to finish it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    Honest and in-depth advice for reaching your full potential. This advice is presented in easy to follow language that can be broken up and applied in pieces at a time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rose Crawley

    Fabulous!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Explores female friendships exclusively. Not quite what I was looking for, but the pages turn pretty easily, Anderson is an engaging writer, and I'm sure many readers will find this helpful.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Love, love, loved this book!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Seefeldt

    Finally a .book to help women figure out women and their friend issues. We do have issues.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I kinda lost interest on page 122 was a little judgemental but it did have a lot of good advice

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