Made for People: Why We Drift Into Loneliness and How to Fight for a Life of Friendship

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About the Author

Justin Whitmel Earley is a writer, speaker, and lawyer. He is the author of the award-winning The Common Rule and Habits of the Household, though he spends most days running his business law practice. Through his writing and speaking, Justin empowers God's people to thrive through life-giving habits that form them in the love of God and neighbor. He lives with his wife and four boys in Richmond, Virginia, and spends a lot of time around fires and porches with friends. You can follow him online at

Few of us want to admit how lonely we are. It feels shameful, even though almost everyone is facing loneliness right now. In this book, Justin Whitmel Earley draws us out of all of that to show us not just why we need people but how to combat this lonely age. This book is practical and timely and will make you feel less alone. Russell Moore, editor-in-chief, Christianity Today
For relationship, we were created. God conceived us for himself and each other. So why do we often try to go it alone; why do we think we can live on our own? In this new book, Made for People, Justin Whitmel Earley implores us to exercise the art and habit of fostering life-giving friendship. Through principles and practices, you will be challenged and equipped to cultivate friendships that go the distance--something simple, yet not easy. Jonathan 'JP' Pokluda, lead pastor, Harris Creek Baptist Church; bestselling author, Why Do I Do What I Don't Want to Do?; host, Becoming Something podcast
I don't know about you, but it can feel like an admission of inadequacy to confess that I have fewer intimate friendships than I would like. Worse, it can feel like this is an indictment of who I am as a person, an intractable, interminable problem with no solution and no path forward. Thankfully, Justin Whitmel Earley provides a path forward and helps us to see, to paraphrase Dallas Willard, that friendship is opposed not to effort but to earning. I learned so much from this book and have found it to be helpful in my own life. I especially appreciate Justin's focus on spiritual disciplines and the centrality of prayer in friendship. Let this book guide you to a life of friendship. Michael Wear, author, The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life
In an age when loneliness and isolation feel especially pernicious, we desperately need steady wisdom and clear guidance toward a better way. In Made for People, Justin Whitmel Earley offers us just that. Earley is a wise, compelling, and gentle guide, helping readers better understand and cultivate the God-given gift of friendship. I'm grateful for this book and am confident it will bless its readers. Claude Atcho, pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Charlottesville, Virginia; author, Reading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and Just
In my experience, the men who are experiencing the deepest pain are often the men who are most alone. This book won't just bring hope, it will point you to Jesus and, as a result, will bring healing. Jerrad Lopes, founder, Dad Tired
Justin's exploration of the art of covenant friendship in this book will both convict and encourage you toward becoming more and more like Christ. Ruth Chou Simons, Wall Street Journal bestselling author; artist; founder,
The Bible says, 'One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.' God designed us for relationship, and it is to friendship we are called. In our world, rugged individualism and resilient independence are admired, but this path leads to loneliness and despair. Justin Whitmel Earley's Made for People is a clarion call to covenant friendship--a deep, abiding love that comes from vulnerability and trust. Don't go to ruin; be encouraged and equipped as you read--and pursue friendship. Kyle Idleman, senior pastor, Southeast Christian Church; bestselling author, When Your Way Isn't Working