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"Challenging those who decry online communication as shallow and banal,Friendingoffers guidelines and multiple examples of the way close relationships can be maintained and deepened through Facebook and other Internet connections. Writing in the brisk style of digital messaging, Lynne Baab convincingly shows how the biblical virtues of caring, sharing, loving and forgiving can survive and thrive in a world where busyness and mobility have become the norm." (Em Griffin, Professor Emeritus, Wheaton College )

"Lynne Baab has written a warm and practical meditation on friendship that embraces all of the challenges and opportunities that accompany its practice in our day and age. In fact, there is little about this topic that Baab does not address. While that may be attributable to her skill as a researcher and a writer, it is as likely that she writes from her own deep commitment to and experience of friendship. Like friendship itself, Baab's book is a rich resource that invites and rewards personal investment. Make friends with this book." (Tim Keel, author of Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Metaphor, Narrative, and Chaos )

"Friends are so important to me! But today there are more forces pushing us apart--as well as new media to bring us together--than ever before in history. Lynne Baab explores a world of options and encourages us to redevelop the art of friendship for a new era. This book is full of practical tools, winsome stories and keen insights. I'm hooked." (Dr. Steve Hayner, president, Columbia Theological Seminary )

"Lynne Baab offers interesting reflection on the changing nature of friendship in a networked society, where relationships are increasingly cultivated and sustained through social media. Using engaging real-life examples she asks important questions about how friendships may be shaped in certain directions when mediated through technology and the potential spiritual consequences of these interactions. Importantly the book calls readers to personally consider the intentionality and motivations behind their own friendship practices to uncover what values they stem from and the social world they may cultivate." (Heidi Campbell, Ph.D., author of Exploring Religious Community Online )

"As we've come to expect from Lynne Baab, insideFriendingare thoughtful questions, fascinating research and excellent biblical analysis. I found her discussion on the new wave of technology and how this impacts relationships quite illuminating. This would be an excellent book for small groups to discuss and for anyone who wants help in how to be a faithful friend--to God, to our families and to our circle of friends." (Rebecca Manley Pippert, author, Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World )
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Something like disapproval crept into my heart when an out-of-town family member announced on Facebook that they were done using it as a means of communication. It was not the decision to abandon it that bothered me; someone might do that for legitimate reasons. It was the implication that Facebook is a superficial form of interaction that has little value.       Not being comfortable with phone calls to this person, the Facebook posts provided a means for me to have some …
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