Connected: Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling Alone Together

Connected: Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling Alone Together

by Erin Davis


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ISBN-13: 9781433682582
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 699,296
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

A popular speaker, author and blogger, Erin Davis has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God's Truth with others. She is the author of several books including Beyond Bath Time, Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves, True Princess: Embracing Humility in an All About Me World, The Bare Facts with Josh McDowell and Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood As a Sacred Role. Erin's quest for the perfect scoop of ice cream is never ending and her family is her constant source of entertainment.

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Connected: Curing the Pandemic of Everyone Feeling Alone Together 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
IoanaN More than 1 year ago
Loneliness is such a widely discussed topic. Whoever spends a few days (maybe less) on any social media platform will encounter a pin, a tweet, a share, a something advising and encouraging to step away from the said social media medium and connect in real life. As in, face to face, with people and use words and stuff when relating to them. Well, let me tell you something. I agree. But in the same time I think it’s hard, man! It takes courage and compassion and vulnerability to step out into the real word and engage. To connect. Loneliness hits when you least expect it, and when it hits, I hits like a brick. The author lists some factors that unveil or trigger the loneliness, such as sudden changes; our stubbornness in holding tight to our schedules and busy lives; sin; our unwillingness to be vulnerable (both a cause for sorrow and joy - see Brene Brown's talk); our lack of fellowship with God. These factors are all real and true, some with a greater immediate impact than others. It’s such a clear and obvious thing that when we have our priorities in check, somehow we know how to navigate those seasons of loneliness. No, not eradicate it completely, but to not fall in the pit of self-pity and self-imposed loneliness. As all seasons, there’s something to be learned in each, when there’s sorrow, or we go through a change, a transition, when we feel betrayed, or in the hard times when we have to carry a cross that seems unbearable. Probably the part that is worth insisting upon and without which this book would have been useless, is the emphasis on a serious, personal relationship with God. His presence with us at all times, in all seasons of life is the great news of great joy. God loves us. He is enough. From Him spring all things. This is such a simple and at the same time overlooked factor. While reading the book I realized how prone I am to look for quick ways to fix things. Microwave solutions to both loneliness and any other aspects of life. Dwelling in the truth that God is enough is the starting point of all good things. Going from here, the author stressed the importance of church community. It makes sense since the Church is the body of Christ and it is built on and around Him. I am so glad she didn’t overlooked this aspect! As far as research goes, honestly, I would have loved maybe a few more personal stories. She just mentions some relevant to each chapter. She also makes references to some Bible studies and commentaries, come general studies on the topic of loneliness, and to Brené Brown’s TED talk, ThePower of Vulnerability. (Brene Brown also has some books worth checking out.) I personally think this small portion of research is okay for this book, but for someone looking for more data about loneliness, its factors, cures & co, this is just a recommended starting point. All in all, I enjoyed reading this. It’s a pretty fast read. I can’t say that the things written were illuminating in themselves, but what I found helpful were the way in which the information was structured and that can go a long way.