For those of you who want to explore loneliness from a variety of perspectives, here are a few options.
The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot
Elisabeth Elliot knew deep loss and intense loneliness, yet she shows us how to speak honestly and grow in God’s love through the wilderness.
Finding God in My Loneliness by Lydia Brownback
While Lydia is candid about her experience of loneliness, “no one escapes loneliness, at least, not in this lifetime,” she is also confident that, “the reality of our loneliness isn’t all bleak.” Loneliness is a “sign of hope.” It is pointing to the fact that “something is missing.”
Life in Community by Dustin Willis
God’s rubber-meets-the-road antidote for loneliness is his church. Yet, for many of us, this may be foreign to our experience. Dustin paints a picture of what Christian community looks like and does.
A Philosophy of Loneliness by Lars Svendsen
This is my favorite secular book on loneliness. Lars is a philosophy professor from Norway who broadly, interestingly, succinctly, brilliantly, and, at times, erroneously unpacks loneliness.
Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick
For those who want to explore some significant secular research on human nature and the need for social connection, this book is your read. You can also use this book as a prescription for insomnia.
Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Johann is a controversial writer who is challenging the medical world’s view of addiction. Chapter 7 is teeming with helpful observations regarding loneliness.