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Beyond Loneliness

Beyond Loneliness

The Gift of God's Friendship  

by Trevor Hudson
Grief Healing & Wholeness

Loneliness touches everyone, whether they are young or old, rich or poor. It can be one of the most painful experiences of life.

There is a friend-shaped hole in all of our lives, Trevor Hudson writes. People long for relationship with others, but what may surprise them is that God actually longs to be friends with them.

Having a close friendship with God is the only thing that will ultimately bring joy and happiness and ease the ache of loneliness. In Beyond Loneliness, Hudson provides guidance for building a friendship with God.

Ten chapters help readers discover how to get to know God and deepen their friendship with God. Each chapter includes friendship exercises and reflection questions. Perfect for small-group or individual study.


  • Friendship exercises at the end of each chapter to help with reflection and action
  • Simple, conversational writing
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-1519-2
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 120
Dimensions: 8.5000 x 5.5000 x 0.2730

Rev. Trevor Hudson has been part of the Methodist movement in Southern Africa for more than 40 years. Serving primarily around Johannesburg, South Africa, he is deeply committed to the work and ministry of the local congregation. In addition to preaching and teaching on a regular basis in South Africa, he is also involved with the Institute for Creative Conversation and the Jesuit Institute of South Africa. A significant part of his weekly work is giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Besides his local commitments, Trevor travels widely, preaching, teaching, and lecturing in the areas of spiritual formation, spiritual direction, and pastoral therapy. In the USA he lectures at Fuller Seminary and Gardner-Webb University in their Doctor of Ministry programs, the Next Frontiers Program for Ministers, the Renovare International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, and the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College. Trevor is the author of over 20 books, including the Pauses series (Pauses for Advent, Pauses for Lent, and Pauses for Pentecost) with Upper Room Books. Trevor is married to Debbie, and they are the parents of two adult children, Joni and Mark.


In this book Trevor gently helps us to step in to the experience of God's invitation to intimate friendship. While grounded in sound theology, this book very simply invites the reader into the lived experience of friendship with the God who longs to encounter us at our places of deepest need—the God who meets us in our loneliness, our places of suffering and fear, and who desires to bless us beyond our wildest imaginings. Trevor helps us to engage with what it means to experience this transforming gift of friendship with God. This book reflects Trevor's own deep relationship with God and is a tremendous gift ot anyone who is seeking that "friendship like no other."

—Dr. Annemarie Paulin-Campbell
The Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg

Trevor Hudson has a wonderful, down-to-earth style of writing. His latest book will be accessible to anyone who wants to deepen relationship with God. Hudson weaves together solid theology and practical wisdom. He draws from Dallas Willard, William Barry SJ, Henri Nouwen, Gerald May, and a plethora of family and friends to illustrate and illuminate his key points. Hudson is well known for his preaching and teaching—this book will leave the reader in no doubt that this reputation is well-earned. Beyond Loneliness is a useful guidebook into transformational friendship with God.

—Margaret Blackie
Author of Rooted in Love

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