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 glassthe car windshield, TV, and smartphoneare 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.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|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
ContentsIntroduction: Where Everybody Knows Your NamePart 1: Definitions1. What Is Belonging?2. The Special Need for Civic Belonging3. Signs, Instruments, and Foretastes of BelongingPart 2: Kingdom Belonging4. The Character of Kingdom Belonging5. The Character of Worldly Belonging6. The Shape of Kingdom Belonging7. Strangers and Kingdom Belonging8. Kingdom and Covenant BelongingPart 3: The Gospel and Belonging9. The Promise of CommunityExcursus: Social Capital10. The Promise of HomecomingExcursus: Place Attachment11. The Promise of a Good StoryExcursus: Thick and Thin LanguagePart 4: A Crisis of Belonging12. Three Pieces of Glass: The Crisis of Belonging in Relationships13. The Declining Civic Realm: The Crisis of Belonging in Places14. Busy: The Crisis of Belonging in StoryPart 5: The Shapes Choices Take15. Communally Shaped Choices16. Policy-Shaped Choices17. Liturgically Shaped ChoicesPart 6: Encouraging Belonging18. Belonging by Design19. Belonging through Proximity20. Belonging by Placemaking21. Belonging and Local CultureConclusion: Belonging to the God Who Knows Your NameIndex