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Alone: Finding Connection in a Lonely World (Th1nk) [Kindle Edition]

Andy Braner
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Teens are going through some of the hardest times in history, and you know the biggest issue they face? Young people feel alone.

Author Andy Braner tackles the universal desire we have to belong. Covering topics such as isolation, addiction, sh



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Today’s teens live in a networked world filled with opportunities to connect, share, and experience community. But despite Facebook friends and 10,000s of text messages, the majority of youth today feel disconnected, unfulfilled, even depressed.
Here’s the sobering situation:

- Students don’t know what to do about their own future. They fail to understand their gifts and how to discover how God wants to involve them in his story.
- Students live in a world filled with darkness. The culture around them draws them away from God and His love.
- Students don’t feel that their friends really care about them. They often feel used and neglected.

Author Andy Braner has worked directly with students on issues of identity, sexuality, depression, family, and faith. In Alone, he raises real issues and deals with them head-on with practical, biblical counsel.
This is an essential read for anyone raising or working with tweens or teens. The issues are complex, but more than ever students need leaders who will point them to God’s love and grace.








About the Author

Andy Braner is an ordained youth minister and former president of Kanakuk Colorado. Currently, he is the president of KIVU, a ministry that teaches Christian worldview principles to teens and college students in the context of outdoor adventures. Each year, Andy speaks to more than 80,000 teens and college students all over the world. His message centers around training global leaders to love God and others.



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  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Navpress (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095ZCU4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Book for Youth & Parents November 23, 2012
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ALONE: FINDING CONNECTION IN A LONELY WORLD

ANDY BRANER

I met Andy a couple of years back and have been following him and his work. He's an on the edge kind of guy - someone who's kept his touch with youth but sees it beyond an age phase people go through to what our world is going to look like and how do we prepare youth for it. He's become heavy into worldview, global issues, and faith issues as well.

ALONE - his most recent book is a gem. The title says it all - how do you help youth be connected meaningfully in this fast-paced interconnected world where there are relationships technologically, but not at deep an interpersonal relationships. Jaques Ellul would love this book! As I read it, I was amazed at how many of these issues are not just youth issues but "people" issues. Adults deal with this stuff all the time. Growing older doesn't necessarily mean that you manage life better - if anything you may learn how to put on a better face, with the same old junk. This book gave me lots of ideas for preaching!

I would RECOMMEND EVERY PARENT READ THIS BOOK then give it to their teen child to read and then discuss it with them. It's an invaluable resource. It would make a fantastic study guide for an entire youth group to go through.

His primary solution to the issue of loneliness and disconnectedness is the body of Christ. I can identify with this, our church has been in a deep learning curve related to this in how we relate to one another and how our T-life cells operate. It amazed me how clear the solution was for him. "God created mankind not as individuals destined to walk alone but for fellowship together." Man in Genesis 2:18 was made not to be alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! December 24, 2012
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In Andy Braner's book Alone, he gets to the roots of teenagers' loneliness and encourages us to find our hope in God. Andy's book helped me understand why there are so many lonely people in today's "connected" world. Alone is a must read for teenagers, parents, grandparents, everyone! Thanks Andy for what you do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow! June 1, 2013
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This book touched on so many different things that I have been experiencing lately. I am encouraged by many scriptures presented throughout the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for today's young adults and teens October 31, 2012
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Excellent well thought-out chapters addressing the core issues behind the feelings of loneliness and isolation that we all feel. I liked some chapters better than others, but overall the message is cohesive. With the seriousness of teen suicides and bullying issues on the rise, this book brings light to what is behind it and how we can combat feelings of isolation in ourselves and others. We were made to connect on a real level, not the artificial relationships set up by social media. Alone brings up the challenge, yet necessity of real human interaction and sharing of joys, sorrows and compassion. Being transparent and loving are paramount in a false media and tech-driven social realm. I'm a female and felt the chapter on Real Women was my own personal story. At a minimum, you can't come away from reading this without thinking "wow, somebody gets it, and gets me!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alone by Andy Braner June 16, 2014
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Love this book! Andy Braner really knows the hearts and minds of today's youth. He understands their needs and presents solutions in a real way. He doesn't shy away from the gospel. This is a great resource for any teen parent or youth leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read! January 6, 2014
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This book was a good read, very thought provoking! Delivered on time and as advertised! E reader is a good way to get a book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight! November 28, 2013
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I recommend this book highly to anyone that works with young people. It is so important for the younger generation to develop healthy relationships not only with their peers but with older people too. Society has changed as a result of our advances in technology but the need for real friends and human interaction-face to face is still vitally important. You cannot upgrade or purchase compassion, the time you invest in the lives of others or genuine interest.
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It's weird to think this way in our highly-connected society, with the status symbol of getting as many friends, followers, and likes as possible, but more and more people feel disconnected and desperately alone. This is a serious subject that Andy Braner hits head-on in his book Alone.

Andy writes, "When people ask me, `What's the biggest problem we can identify in the teenage nation today?' it's an easy answer: Teenagers are living all alone! ... Even though Facebook gives us the ability to build a convenient corner of lives over the vast Web interface, the light of a computer screen isn't bright enough to shine deep into our hearts and souls. We need real people. ... Although this book is written for just the teen crowd, know that you're not the only ones struggling."

I love technology, and I'm very appreciative of the instant access to information and people. But I also know that the double-edged sword of so much technology is an increased connection to screens corresponding with a decreased connection with living human beings. There has got to be a healthy balance, and Andy makes some great suggestions for finding that balance.

I not only encourage teens to read this book, but parents of teens need to read it as well. Whether you read it together or not, find a way to discuss this content. Help your teenagers find healthy, fulfilling connections both through a screen and through face-to-face interactions.
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I started writing as a response to issues I saw in the faith community. From LOVE THIS, a book on helping people love like Jesus loves, to DUPLICATE THIS, a book to ask a lot of faith questions; I've found writing a therapeutic way to identify ideas. Through my writing I hope to continue raising awareness to taboo issues, and help people ask hard questions about difficult problems. The latest EXPOSE book is reaching parents and youth leaders around the world, as they begin a conversation with teenagers in their communities.

I just finished a book called ALONE: FINDING CONNECTION IN A LONELY WORLD that identifies the chief problem in the teen world today. LONELINESS. How can we connect to people around us? Check it out.

Thanks for continuing to read the books I'm working on as I continue to re-imagine the Christian Worldview.

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