Technology has allowed us to connect with more people in more places than ever before. Sure we have “friends” we even have “followers” and yet, a silent epidemic is sending shock waves straight into our living rooms. What is this hidden disease? Loneliness. Popular author Erin Davis knows what it’s like to feel lonely. She knows how it feels to have many friends, a full schedule, and a pit in her stomach. As she wrestled her own feelings of loneliness to the ground, Erin started to feel like the scientist charged with finding the cure for the lonely epidemic—a journey that has proved to be funny, encouraging, and helpful. What is causing the pain of loneliness to gnaw at our hearts? What does God know about feeling alone? While swimming in a sea of people, what’s a lonely girl to do? Where should she turn for a life raft? Erin has traveled across the country to talk with other women and answer these questions for us all. Come along in Connected to learn about her journey as well as the stories of women who are probably a lot like you!
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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.