The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other

The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other

by Charlotte Donlon, Lauren F. Winner

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Overview

Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions, according to many sources. In an age of mobility and fraying civic life, we are all susceptible to its power. But what if loneliness is a necessary part of the human condition? What if it is a current that leads us deeper into belonging--to ourselves, to each other, and to God?

In The Great Belonging, writer and spiritual director Charlotte Donlon reframes loneliness and offers us a language for the disquiet within. Instead of turning away from the waters of loneliness for fear they will engulf us, she invites us to wade in and see what we find there. In vulnerable, thoughtful prose, Donlon helps us understand our own occasional or frequent loneliness and offers touchpoints for understanding alienation. We can live into the persistent questions of loneliness. We can notice God's presence even when we feel alone in our doubts. Ultimately, Donlon claims, we can find connection that emerges from honesty, and she offers tools, resources, and practices for transforming loneliness into true belonging.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506461960
Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charlotte Donlon is a writer, spiritual director, and host of the Hope for the Lonely podcast. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Catapult, The Millions, Mockingbird, and elsewhere. She holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. She and her husband have led small groups for more than fifteen years, and their simple philosophy of ministry is to love God and love others. Donlon lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and their two teenage children. Lauren F. Winner is a historian, professor, lecturer, and author of books including Girl Meets God, Still, and Wearing God.

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