Connecting in an Age of Isolation and Incivility

Dr. Heather Holleman joined us on Wake Up Right for a great discussion about meaningful conversations and connection with others. A professor at Penn State, Heather recently published The Six Conversations: Pathways to Connecting Again in an Age of Isolation and Incivility, a book that reflects one of her deepest passions: to connect people in loving community. As we enter the holiday season, we may feel the tension of awkward relationships and dread small talk around the table or the conversations in the living room. It seems conversation is getting harder. Heather invites us to reimagine better conversations and demonstrates how we can develop authentic community by changing our relational mindsets to become more curious, to believe the best about others, to express concern about their lives, and to share our own.

Listen as Heather shares a little bit about her book The Six Conversations and gives us practical examples of ways to foster meaningful connecting conversations this holiday season:

If you enjoyed our conversation with Heather, go deeper with Heather’s book The Six Conversations: Pathways to Connecting Again in an Age of Isolation and Incivility, which will equip you with effective questions, self-assessments, and action steps to immediately implement this Thanksgiving and Christmas with family and friends. Deepen your relationships with your spouse, children, friends, in-laws, grandchildren, coworkers, neighbors, and more as you read this book and grow in the art of The Six Conversations!


About Heather Holleman

Dr. Heather Holleman writes books, teaches advanced writing at Penn State, and speaks regularly to encourage audiences to connect deeply with Jesus and one another. Most recently, she’s become passionate about fighting the loneliness epidemic by inviting readers to enjoy better conversations. She and her husband are passionate about helping believers and churches developing a culture of evangelism. Learn more at

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