Leaving the Lonely Labyrinth

Seeking Enduring Love in an Age of Narcissism and Manipulation, Betrayal and Cynicism, Violence and Ephemeral Connections
Pages: 493


For decades Yeats’s words, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,” have been taken as paradigmatic of the crisis or our age. That crisis has been examined and analyzed from every conceivable perspective and angle—philosophical, psychological, sociological, political, economic, technological and so on. The crisis has been described in terms of narcissism, alienation, poverty, loss of freedom, pollution, ecological catastrophe and in many other ways. All of these perspectives shed some light on the problems. But however else we look at it, a dissipation of the power of love, the kind of love that holds lives together in deeply fulfilling relationships, seems like a more fundamental issue in that just about everyone speaks this language. For no matter how many turn to these other disciplines for insight, they nonetheless return to the millennia-old language of love in working out the everyday relationships that seem so important to them. This book, therefore, takes a close look at a different sort of love as something that at least potentially pulls people together, as a center that might be made to somehow hold, one that could bring the coherence for all that is “falling apart.” Then it examines what must be done to allow love to work in this way. This leads to a searching study of covenanted love. This covenanted relationship is not without definition and contours. It is not without explicit terms and conditions. Leaving the Lonely Labyrinth identifies and discusses with penetrating insight the form and essence of this exclusive relationship held out to those who willingly enter such a love. In doing so, the book portrays a Christianity radically different from what we normally see today, but a Christianity Jesus might have recognized.


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Blair Adams is a minister, author, artist, father and grandfather from central Texas. In 1973, Blair founded the Christian community now known as Homestead Heritage, a flourishing intentional agrarian community that has now spawned several more expressions across the U.S. and around the world. Drawing from his personal experience and decades of research, Blair has authored scores of books mostly directed towards the restoration of an authentic Christian culture. His works span a breadth of related topics, including education, history, religion, and family and community life. (Read more about Blair Adams)