Point blank: Our relationships are failing!
Even with more so called “enlightened” people in the world and with more information at our disposal, we seem to have more contempt for each other, more divorces, more suicides, more discrimination, more company executives getting over on their employees, more people in jail, more people killing each other EVEN their own families, more babies having babies, more national and world conflicts, more lies, more deceit, more people having relationships with their computers and phones than people, just more more more!!
I recently read This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics, and Faith by Robert E. Hall and I knew it was going to be a delightful read when I read the title.
Like other non-fiction books that have kept my attention from beginning to end, This Land of Strangers captured me fully with useful stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate the most important points.
I’m not even shocked at some of the destruction Hall highlights. I can see it all around me. We have failed ourselves and each other in terms of building solid relationships that can make this world a much better place. Even if you don’t know it or can’t see it, there is a large cost to our having fewer genuine relationships. Yes, it’s sad and toxic.
From our families, friends, neighbors, church members, local community organizations, co-workers, peers, and the person staring you down with road rage in the next lane, Hall explores how our damaged relationships with each other are threatening our society and in some cases have already caused great downfall and distress in all areas of our lives – home, work, politics, and faith.
This Land of Strangers…
- I’m amazed at the extensive research involved in this narrative and how it’s not just opinion and guesswork.
- You immediately see the crisis that’s upon us when you start reading and with the powerful insights Hall uses, you will definitely want to change the way you relate with others in your personal and professional lives and try to reverse it – starting with self!
- Yes, Hall drives home the many ways our lives are deteriorating right before our eyes, which could be very depressing, but he also offers a cure – things we can start doing individually to turn our current state around. It’s the small things that make great impacts!
- Since everything we do is relationship based, how can we be so naive AND so arrogant to think that other people in our lives don’t matter or that we don’t need them, regardless of what they look like, their backgrounds, or religious and sexual preferences?
- Hall examines 3 key shifts that are essential to bringing in the new age – the Age of Relationships.
The truth is, relationships are one of our most valuable resources. Therefore, we soooo need to look at how screwed up we are in regards to relations and make some drastic, and even small, changes to effect more positive scenarios in our world!
We can’t build better lives or a stronger society on deteriorating relationships. -Hall
With all that said, I assume you can see I highly recommend taking a gander, and re-gander, at this book right?! I wholeheartedly believe that one way for all of us to attain true happiness is that we MUST have better relationships
Over to you…
You can check out This Land of Strangers on Amazon for yourself. Let me know your thoughts about it as well if you decide to read it. There’s plenty to be discussed around the topic of healing our relationships!
Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy. However, all of my opinions are truly my own and I am not receiving any sort of compensation for this review.