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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 211

Overcoming Hidden Loneliness with the Power of Friendship

with guest Justin Whitmel Earley

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | September 8, 2023 | 41 min.

Have you ever wondered why some friendships feel superficial while others bring immense joy and fulfillment? Tune in to learn about cultivating meaningful relationships for our children. Hear about the crucial role of conscious communication and support in navigating through challenging times. 

Today's Guest(s)


Justin Whitmel Earley

Justin Whitmel Earley is a writer, speaker, and lawyer. He is the author of the award-winning The Common Rule and Habits of the Household, though he spends most days running his business law practice. Through his writing and speaking, Justin empowers God’s people to thrive through life-giving habits that form them in the love of God and neighbor. His latest book, Made for People, delves deep into the profound impact of friendship and offers transformative strategies to combat loneliness. He lives with his wife and four boys in Richmond, Virginia, and spends a lot of time around fires and porches with friends.


Justin Whitmel Earley’s journey to understanding the power of friendship was born out of a crisis. Once a missionary in China, he felt a calling to law school. While immersing himself into the bustling life of a high-powered lawyer he found himself slipping down a slope of anxiety and isolation. In the dark abyss of his struggle, he reached out to his wife and close friends. Their unwavering support and compassion during his distress, birthed an epiphany – the transformative power of friendship. 

Justin shares the importance of cultivating authentic relationships and how intentional efforts can transform your relationships for the better. 

“Life is hard, we suffer, and we will face difficult things, but if we face them alone, it’s a completely different future and it’s not a bright one. When we face them together with other people, everything changes.” – Justin Whitmel Earley

In this episode, you’ll learn how to:

  • Confront the impact of pervasive, and sometimes hidden, loneliness 
  • Recognize the immutable strength of true companionships, along with the focused efforts necessary to nurture them
  • Realize the power of habits shaping personal health in three ways – mental, spiritual, and physical
  • Identify the potential that solid friendships can unleash, and the sustained commitment they demand


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