Three Pieces of Glass: Why We Feel Lonely in a World Mediated by Screens

Three Pieces of Glass: Why We Feel Lonely in a World Mediated by Screens

by Eric O. Jacobsen


View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


Loneliness is increasingly recognized as a major public health crisis that is on the rise and impacting people of all ages. Addressing the crisis of loneliness from a fresh perspective, this book introduces belonging as an overlooked but critical aspect of a flourishing Christian life.

Eric Jacobsen shows how three pieces of glass—the car windshield, TV, and smartphone—are emblematic of significant societal shifts that have created a cultural habit of physical isolation. We feel increasingly disconnected from the people and places around us. Jacobsen explains how adopting everyday practices and making changes in our neighborhoods can help us create a sense of belonging and rediscover what belonging in a place looks like. In order to effectively solve the problem of loneliness, we need to recover patterns and practices of community life that encourage us to form meaningful connections with people and stories that are part of the places where we live, work, and worship. To this end, Jacobsen offers four redemptive strategies for living a more intentional and spiritual life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587434228
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 781,699
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eric O. Jacobsen (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment, Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith, and numerous articles exploring connections between the Christian community, the church, and traditional neighborhoods. He is also the coeditor of Traditions in Leadership and The Three Tasks of Leadership and cohost of the Embedded Church podcast.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Part 1: Definitions
1. What Is Belonging?
2. The Special Need for Civic Belonging
3. Signs, Instruments, and Foretastes of Belonging
Part 2: Kingdom Belonging
4. The Character of Kingdom Belonging
5. The Character of Worldly Belonging
6. The Shape of Kingdom Belonging
7. Strangers and Kingdom Belonging
8. Kingdom and Covenant Belonging
Part 3: The Gospel and Belonging
9. The Promise of Community
Excursus: Social Capital
10. The Promise of Homecoming
Excursus: Place Attachment
11. The Promise of a Good Story
Excursus: Thick and Thin Language
Part 4: A Crisis of Belonging
12. Three Pieces of Glass: The Crisis of Belonging in Relationships
13. The Declining Civic Realm: The Crisis of Belonging in Places
14. Busy: The Crisis of Belonging in Story
Part 5: The Shapes Choices Take
15. Communally Shaped Choices
16. Policy-Shaped Choices
17. Liturgically Shaped Choices
Part 6: Encouraging Belonging
18. Belonging by Design
19. Belonging through Proximity
20. Belonging by Placemaking
21. Belonging and Local Culture
Conclusion: Belonging to the God Who Knows Your Name

Customer Reviews