Made for People

Why We Drift into Loneliness and How to Fight for a Life of Friendship

by Justin Whitmel Earley

On Sale: 2023-08-15

Book Summary

Made for People by bestselling author Justin Whitmel Earley guides us into a new understanding of why we need friendship to survive, shows us how we can leave behind loneliness, and provides practical habits that help build the life of deep connection we long for.

About the Book

Loneliness is the most dangerous and least talked-about epidemic--but Made for People offers a cure. Busyness, fear of vulnerability, and past pain often keep us from the deeper friendships we long for. Discover life-changing habits for friendship that will help you move out of a world of digital loneliness and into a life of being truly known by your friends.

Is it possible to have--and keep--life-giving friendships? In Made for People, bestselling author and founder of The Common Rule Justin Whitmel Earley explains why we were made for friendships and how we can cultivate them in a technology-driven, post-pandemic world.

Justin weaves personal stories with fascinating research and biblical wisdom to show us:

  • How loneliness points to our God-given needs
  • Why vulnerability is the beginning of real friendship
  • How to deepen friendships we already have
  • Key habits that create a lifestyle of friendship
  • God's design for "covenant friendships"


Isolation may be the norm of modern life, but it does not have to be the story of your life. Made for People will inspire you to practice the art and habit of fostering life-giving friendships.


Few of us want to admit how lonely we are. It feels shameful, even though almost everyone is facing loneliness right now. In this book, Justin Whitmel Earley draws us out of all of that to show us not just why we need people but how to combat this lonely age. This book is practical and timely and will make you feel less alone.
Russell Moore, editor-in-chief, Christianity Today

For relationship, we were created. God conceived us for himself and each other. So why do we often try to go it alone; why do we think we can live on our own? In this new book, Made for People, Justin Whitmel Earley implores us to exercise the art and habit of fostering life-giving friendship. Through principles and practices, you will be challenged and equipped to cultivate friendships that go the distance--something simple, yet not easy.
Jonathan 'JP' Pokluda, lead pastor, Harris Creek Baptist Church; bestselling author, Why Do I Do What I Don't Want to Do?; host, Becoming Something podcast

I don't know about you, but it can feel like an admission of inadequacy to confess that I have fewer intimate friendships than I would like. Worse, it can feel like this is an indictment of who I am as a person, an intractable, interminable problem with no solution and no path forward. Thankfully, Justin Whitmel Earley provides a path forward and helps us to see, to paraphrase Dallas Willard, that friendship is opposed not to effort but to earning. I learned so much from this book and have found it to be helpful in my own life. I especially appreciate Justin's focus on spiritual disciplines and the centrality of prayer in friendship. Let this book guide you to a life of friendship.
Michael Wear, author, The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life

In an age when loneliness and isolation feel especially pernicious, we desperately need steady wisdom and clear guidance toward a better way. In Made for People, Justin Whitmel Earley offers us just that. Earley is a wise, compelling, and gentle guide, helping readers better understand and cultivate the God-given gift of friendship. I'm grateful for this book and am confident it will bless its readers.
Claude Atcho, pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Charlottesville, Virginia; author, Reading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and Just

In my experience, the men who are experiencing the deepest pain are often the men who are most alone. This book won't just bring hope, it will point you to Jesus and, as a result, will bring healing.
Jerrad Lopes, founder, Dad Tired

Justin's exploration of the art of covenant friendship in this book will both convict and encourage you toward becoming more and more like Christ.
Ruth Chou Simons, Wall Street Journal bestselling author; artist; founder,

The Bible says, 'One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.' God designed us for relationship, and it is to friendship we are called. In our world, rugged individualism and resilient independence are admired, but this path leads to loneliness and despair. Justin Whitmel Earley's Made for People is a clarion call to covenant friendship--a deep, abiding love that comes from vulnerability and trust. Don't go to ruin; be encouraged and equipped as you read--and pursue friendship.
Kyle Idleman, senior pastor, Southeast Christian Church; bestselling author, When Your Way Isn't Working

Product Details

  • Imprint: Zondervan
  • On Sale: 2023-08-15
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2023-08-15
  • Trim Size: 134.000mm x 210.000mm x 15.000mm
  • Weight: 285.000gr
  • Category 1 : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Friendship
  • Category 2 : RELIGION / Christian Life / Family
  • Category 3 : RELIGION / Christian Life / Personal Growth
  • Category 4 : SELF-HELP / Spiritual