Leaving Loneliness Behind

5 Keys to Experiencing God's Love and Building Healthy Connections with Others
Author: Regina Boyd

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Publication date: October 6, 2023

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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.

In Leaving Loneliness Behind, licensed Catholic therapist Regina Boyd helps 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.

So how do we reach emotional intimacy? Boyd identifies five keys:

  1. Recognize the potential depths in your existing relationships.
  2. Allow yourself to be vulnerable so that true intimacy is possible.
  3. Communicate through conflicts in a way that encourages affection, trust, and openness.
  4. Acknowledge the past and move toward emotional wholeness.
  5. Give of yourself for the sake of the relationship.

Each chapter 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.

Product Details

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781646802043

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “This book is going to change your life.”

    “This book is going to change your life.”

    Rachel Bulman
    Contributor to Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

  • “A gift to the Church.”

    “Regina Boyd offers a sincere path toward connection and communion that does not shy away from difficult realities. She draws not only from her clinical expertise but also is generous in offering the fruit of her own journey and prayer to bring together this work, which is a gift to the Church, especially in our time.”

    Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN
    Licensed counselor

  • “I highly recommend it.”

    “This book is filled with practical wisdom. I highly recommend it. Put Boyd’s words into practice and your relationships will flourish.”

    Bob Schuchts
    Author of Be Healed

  • “Will make you feel accompanied.”

    “Addressing trust and betrayal, relationships and communication, healing and growth—all through the lens of our Catholic faith—Boyd’s conversational style and experience will make you feel accompanied.”

    Sr. Bethany Madonna, SV
    Vocations director for the Sisters of Life

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