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Friendship Factor by [Mcginnis, Alan Loy]
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About the Author

Alan Loy McGinnis (1933-2005) was a best-selling author, family therapist, business consultant, and popular speaker. After a twenty year career as a minister, he became a counselor and co-founded the Valley Counseling Center in Glendale, CA. In the 1970s, he began researching friendship and authored The Friendship Factor, published by Augsburg Fortress in 1979 and revised in 2004. A popular speaker, he also authored more than fifty articles and several more books, including Bringing Out the Best in People, Confidence, and The Balanced Life, all published by Augsburg Fortress.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; Anniversary edition (12 Dec. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AOIKA08
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was certainly an easy read, and has lots of practical advice on having and maintaining friendships and other relationships. I agree with the basic premise (love and sacrificial giving should be the basis of all our relationships) it gives little insight on how to deal with difficult or manipulative friendships, or power struggles in a loving way.
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This is a gift to a friend who has problem with his teenage son and hope this helps him.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90d9e48c) out of 5 stars 84 reviews
106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90db415c) out of 5 stars A MUST read to strengthen friendships!!! 28 Sept. 2001
By V. VanCamp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I believe that if the entire world read this book we would be a happier, healthier, friendlier, more supportive, more understanding and a more tolerant planet. I think this book should be required reading in schools!
This book is as applicable today as it was when it was written over 20 years ago. Maybe even more so. Even if you think you have the right approach to people and relationships and even if you feel all your relationships are healthy... you could learn from this book. I guarantee there are things in this book that you have not thought of.
I love this book and I highly recommend it because I believe it will benefit you and make you a better person. It had a great impact on me. I intend to read it annually.
The author gives ideas on how to deepen friendships. These include: 1) Assign top priority to your relationships 2)Dare to talk about affection 3)Learn the gesturs of love (i.e appreciating someone offering help and graciously accepting this help) AND 4) CREATE SPACE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP (in other words don't CONTROL, don't strangle ~ let them grow and breathe!!!
The author also gives pointers on cultivating intimacy. He suggests that you 1) Be liberal with praise 2) Learn to LISTEN (such as asking questions the other will enjoy answering, get the other to talk about themselves and dispensing advice SPARINGLY) 3) Use your body to demonstrate warmth AND 4) Talk freely about your feelings (Dare to need the other person and let them feel that and benefit from it)
A quote from the book that I especially like is: "Don't stop expressing needs because of occasional disappointment - you'll end up bedding down with disappointment as your constant companion."
You will also find ideas on how to handle negative feelings w/o destroying the relationship; how to disagree and understand at the same time and alternative methods of ventilating your anger.
Another quote I appreciate: "If you dish it out - you have to take it" !!!!!
Other interesting subjects in this book are: 1) The art of creative forgiveness 2) Eros - It's power and problems and 3) Loyalty, an essential ingredient.
The author writes in an easy to read fashion and backs up his suggestions and ideas with many quotes from people far and near, young and old and from other books. If you have not read this book yet... do so now. I suspect that you will find it as wonderful and helpful as I did. You and your relationships will be the better for it.
What is better in this world than people and healthy relationships with them. These are the things that matter. All else is dust in the wind.
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90db41b0) out of 5 stars Timeless Classic 12 May 2005
By Lana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book over 20 years ago at my childhood summer camp bookstore and I have definitely gotten my money's worth. Having been read and re-read over the years, it is one of the most worn out books I own and definitely one of the most valuable.

This book not only tells you how to get great friends but how to be a great friend and how to take the friendships you have to a deeper and more meaningful level. I'll often pick it up for a re-read when I feel a tension in my friendships or when I just want to refocus on the people I love.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f0e738) out of 5 stars Share It With Your Friends 11 July 2005
By Friends Forever - Published on Amazon.com
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This continues to be one of my all-time favorite books. Everyone should read it at least once. I pick it up and read it every couple of years and always get as much or more out of it than the first time I read it 25 years ago. There are no "mind games" here - just plain, simple, practical information that makes you think about the people in your life and how you treat them. I cannot even guess how many copies I have given to family and friends over the years. At any given time I have multiple copies in my den just waiting for me to give them away. (Right now, there are nine copies ready to go!) I have mentioned and recommended the book on television many times over the years. Truly a favorite!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f0e8f4) out of 5 stars Best Book Available to develop close Relationships 13 Jun. 1998
By dking2@mindspring.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent at helping you develop an "Emotional Intimacy" with the relationships in your life with your spouse, children, and close friendships. If you don't have any friendships, this will help you create some. :) One book that I would HIGHLY recommend to just about anyone.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90db4678) out of 5 stars I love this book 26 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am writing this review because I firmly believe that my life will be incomplete without friends. My personal history is full of troubles and problems with people. I have a hard time dealing with my friends. Anyway, my roommate have this book lying around, so I picked it up. I read it and I really like the suggestions. I found some of the short stories to be really heartwarming and strong.
After reading this book, I have some self motivation to become a better person and a better friend. In some sense, I think this book gave me a lot of personal growth. I subsequently became a better person and I think I am more sensitive now than before. My awareness and motivation have changed my attitude and technique in talking to people.
I heartily recommend this book for anybody who wants to know how to be a better talker, listener or friend.
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