Have you ever read a good book and wanted to let others know they should read it? That situation happens to me frequently. I love to get a fresh lead on a good read. President’s Pages is a monthly book review designed to give you some quick insights into a book I think you’d enjoy. If you’ve got a book you’d like to review, send me an email and we’ll see about getting you on the schedule.
This Month's Review: Alone: Finding Connection in a Lonely World
Youth leader and author, Andy Braner, is frequently asked, “What’s the biggest problem we can identify in the teenage nation today?” For him, the answer is easy: Teenagers are living all alone. In spite of seemingly endless connectivity, young people are essentially alone.
Braner seeks to explore this contention in his book entitled, Alone: Finding Connection in a Lonely World published by NavPress. He suggests that more electronic connection with people located literally around the world is a poor substitute for the presence of real people with whom we can share experiences.
The book is aimed as a direct communication to teenagers, but it can certainly benefit adults as well. It takes an honest look at the causes of loneliness. Some of his topics include the role of online connection, the darkness of depression, fear, addiction, and love. Braner asks hard questions and seeks to provide insightful answers drawn directly from a strong belief that faith in God and an understanding of His Word, the Bible, can give hope in the loneliest of times.
Braner says, “My hope is that we can tackle the reasons so many of us feel alone in the world and shine some light on how to make loneliness disappear.” I believe your teenager, and/or you, will find encouragement in Braner’s exploration.
— Jim Colman
President’s Pages is written by Dr. Jim Colman, CEO of Lenawee Christian Ministries. Jim is married to Becky and they have two children and several grandchildren.