Transforming Loneliness: Deepening Our Relationships with God and Others When We Feel Alone

Transforming Loneliness: Deepening Our Relationships with God and Others When We Feel Alone

Transforming Loneliness: Deepening Our Relationships with God and Others When We Feel Alone

Transforming Loneliness: Deepening Our Relationships with God and Others When We Feel Alone

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Overview

Loneliness knows no season. It can strike during times of busyness and a full social calendar just as easily as it can when plans are canceled and friends are far off. And we may be surprised just how common loneliness is among our friends, family, and colleagues. But it isn't inevitable and it isn't forever.

In Transforming Loneliness, Graham invites you to surrender your loneliness to God and work with Him in making healthy choices that lead to life, joy, and community. Through biblical principles and examples, along with true-life stories, you will discover how the core needs that drive your loneliness—the need to be known, to be chosen, to belong, and to be valued—can be met as God transforms your loneliness into a positive experience that accomplishes His purposes and draws you into a closer, more intimate, and more meaningful relationship with Him and others.

Loneliness is not the last word. God designed you for connection, and through his power you will find it. Includes a reader's discussion guide and the UCLA Loneliness Survey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801094279
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 448,718
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ruth Graham is the author of ten books including the bestselling In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart and the award-winning Step into the Bible. Her passion is to motivate people by God's grace and loving acceptance to move from a place of woundedness to a place of wholeness in Christ. Ruth Graham Ministries seeks to create safe places where people can begin and further their journey to wholeness in Christ. No stranger to heartache, Graham provides a biblical perspective as she shares her journey and points to the faithfulness of God in her own life's heartache. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and has three grown children and nine terrific grandchildren.

Cindy Lambert is an author, collaborative writer, and speaker as well as an executive editor for Baker Publishing Group. For nearly two decades she owned an award-winning bookstore before expanding into leadership roles in distribution and editorial with such companies as Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan, where she served as vice president and associate publisher. She and her husband, Dave, have six children and ten grandchildren and live in Michigan.

Table of Contents

1 The Pelican in the Wilderness 9

2 The One Who Sees 27

3 The Best of Company 43

4 The Well-Kept Secret 55

5 The Dark Side of Loneliness 81

6 The Transformation of Loneliness 97

7 The Treasures of Solitude 115

8 The Cultivation of Solitude 131

9 The Choke to Reach 145

10 The Affirmation of Being Chosen 163

11 The Comfort of Being Known 181

12 The Security of Belonging 199

13 The Assurance of Being Loved 217

14 The Purpose and the Promise 237

Appendix A The Most Important Friendship 251

Appendix B The UCLA Loneliness Scale (Version 3) 253

Appendix C Prayers and Verses for the Lonely 255

Appendix D Reader's Discussion Guide 265

Acknowledgments 273

Notes 276

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