A Book for Everyone About the Relationships That See Us Through
by Kelly Flanagan
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 09 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 11 Mar 2021
"Though we often do whatever it takes to avoid feelings of loneliness, in these pages Dr. Kelly Flanagan invites readers to do something else—make friends with our loneliness, attend to it, and even welcome loneliness as a gift. Flanagan is a guide for the isolated soul, showing us that our agonizing longings for deep companionship are actually graces—signposts pointing us toward deeper connection, love, and holiness. And along the way, we discover this gentlest of miracles: we are, none of us, truly alone."
-Aubrey Sampson, church planter and author of The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament
"In True Companions, Kelly Flanagan grapples with the joys and risks of genuine connection. With sincerity, wisdom, and deft storytelling, Flanagan dares readers to become more human. In an increasingly inhumane world, his is a dare worth taking."
-Katherine Willis Pershey, author of Very Married: Field Notes on Love and Fidelity
"I know this book will touch many lives. Kelly Flanagan has harvested the rich rewards of true companionship from the everyday struggles of doing real life together—a gift to every couple and every kind of companion everywhere."
-Bob Goff, author of Love Does and Dream Big
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 4 members
True Companions by Kelly Flanagan is a book sharing the joys and struggles of companionship whether it be through marriage. friendship, or just the relationship with yourself. This book highlights the importance of unconditional love and the power it can have when you start with unconditionally loving yourself and those around you. However the author highlights the importance of true unconditional self love that does not hide flaws or embarrassments which is not a true unconditional love. The book is broken up into three parts: 1) befriending your loneliness by becoming quiet; 2) embracing your struggle to grow strong; and 3) cherishing your time as you grow old. Interspersed throughout the book are letters to the author's wife at the beginning and end of each section. The writing is conversational and easy to read. I appreciated the vulnerability from the author throughout the book and the author's humility shined through. I think both people in relationships or not would benefit from the perspective of the author which is realistic yet somehow creates a hopeful tone. Many thanks to the publisher Kelly Flanagan and Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.