Regina Boyd’s Leaving Loneliness Behind and the companion Leaving Loneliness Behind: The Workbook are conveniently available in a two-book set.
Our connections with God and others are fundamental to who we are as people. The reality is that often these relationships—especially with our family, friends, and others around us—are less than ideal, and we end up feeling lonely. That loneliness makes us doubt God’s promises, our friends and family, and even the idea that we are worthy of love at all.
These books will help you build the skills you need to have meaningful, rich, and rewarding relationships with God and those around you. Emotional intimacy is the antidote to loneliness, Boyd says. It’s about sharing yourself and your feelings more deeply with another person—being vulnerable and trusting through what you say and how you act.
Boyd identifies five keys to reach emotional intimacy:
- Recognize the potential depths in your existing relationships.
- Allow yourself to be vulnerable so that true intimacy is possible.
- Communicate through conflicts in a way that encourages affection, trust, and openness.
- Acknowledge the past and move toward emotional wholeness.
- Give of yourself for the sake of the relationship.
Free companion videos that follow each of the keys are available on AveMariaPress.com.
Each chapter of the main book includes a real-life story that illustrates how applying the principles of emotional intimacy can transform marriages, friendships, families, and workplaces. Catholic thought, stories from scripture, and teachings from the Church highlight how our faith connects to our daily actions and exchanges.
The workbook provides exercises, charts, lists, ideas, interactive questions, and journaling space to put into practice the skills you’ve learned from the main book. Scripture reflections guide you to explore ways that connection with others help you live God’s plan for your life.