Three Pieces of Glass: Why We Feel Lonely in a World Mediated By Screens
: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...
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: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--car windshields, TVs, and smartphones--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.
Eric O. Jacobsen (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is adjunct professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He previously served as associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Missoula, Montana. Jacobsen is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is the author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith and the editor of The Three Tasks of Leadership
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- :<b>contents<br><br></b>introduction: <i>where Everybody Knows Your Name</i><br><b>part 1: Definitions<br></b>1. What Is Belonging?<br>2. The Special Need For Civic Belonging<br>3. Signs, Instruments, And Foretastes Of Belonging<br><b>part 2: Kingdom Belonging<br></b>4. The Character Of Kingdom Belonging<br>5. The Character Of Worldly Belonging<br>6. The Shape Of Kingdom Belonging<br>7. Strangers And Kingdom Belonging<br>8. Kingdom And Covenant Belonging<br><b>part 3: The Gospel And Belonging<br></b>9. The Promise Of Community<br><i>excursus: Social Capital<br></i>10. The Promise Of Homecoming<br><i>excursus: Place Attachment<br></i>11. The Promise Of A Good Story<br><i>excursus: Thick And Thin Language<br></i><b>part 4: A Crisis Of Belonging<br></b>12. Three Pieces Of Glass: <i>the Crisis Of Belonging In Relationships<br></i>13. The Declining Civic Realm: <i>the Crisis Of Belonging In Places<br></i>14. Busy: <i>the Crisis Of Belonging In Story<br></i><b>part 5: The Shapes Choices Take<br></b>15. Communally Shaped Choices<br>16. Policy-shaped Choices<br>17. Liturgically Shaped Choices<br><b>part 6: Encouraging Belonging<br></b>18. Belonging By Design<br>19. Belonging Through Proximity<br>20. Belonging By Placemaking<br>21. Belonging And Local Culture<br>conclusion:<i> Belonging To The God Who Knows Your Name<br></i>index