How to Make Lasting Friends with Justin Whitmel Earley

Have you ever felt a gnawing sense of loneliness, even when surrounded by others? Or found yourself drifting into isolation, despite our hyper-connected digital world? Join us as we venture into this seemingly paradoxical terrain with returning guest and author, Justin Whitmel Earley. Through his thought-provoking books, “Habits of the Household” and “Made for People: Why We Drift Into Loneliness and How to Fight for a Life of Friendship”, Justin navigates and enlightens us on this universal human journey.

The conversation does not stop at identifying the issue but extends into exploring tangible solutions. We delve into the power of community, friendship, and the intentional moments that make our connections truly meaningful. We’ll also hear from Justin on his unique observations about the rules of engagement in healthy friendships. With vivid stories and real-life examples, this episode invites you to explore the art of deep connection and equips you with the insights to ward off loneliness. Be prepared to challenge your thoughts, question societal norms, and embrace the beautiful messiness of fostering meaningful relationships.


Biography: Justin Whitmel Earley

Justin Whitmel Earley is a lawyer, author and speaker from Richmond, VA.

Most of all, he is a husband to Lauren and a father to his four sons – Whit, Asher, Coulter and Shep.

But he also graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in English Literature before spending four years in Shanghai, China, teaching and writing. Justin got his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and he now runs his own business law practice under the Earley Business Legal. (

His book, The Common Rule – Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction, was published with InterVarsity Press in 2019. He frequently speaks at businesses, churches and conferences on habits, technology and mental health. (

His second book, Habits of the Household – Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms, addresses spiritual formation in ordinary family habits, and was published with Zondervan in 2021. (

His third book, Made for People – Why We Drift into Loneliness and How to Fight for a Life of Friendship, explores the arts and habits of friendship.

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