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9 Books that Celebrate the Rich Single Life
Answering God's Call
Nearly half of all American adults are single: unwed, widowed, or divorced. Many unmarried Christians struggle with the "stigma" of singleness and wonder if they somehow missed God's blessing.
If this describes you, here are nine books that can help you put your life into perspective. Each book takes a fresh approach to singleness that is biblical, practical, and at times, humorous.
The authors (many who are single themselves) encourage you to view your singleness, not as a misfortune or stigma, but as a gift to accept with gratitude and joy.
The Rich Single Life
Whatever your marital status, the key to contentment is discovering God's plan for your life and living your calling with purpose and zeal.
Singleness and marriage are different, but neither is better or worse than the other. Both have their blessings and challenges, and both are meant to be celebrated in a rich and meaningful way.
If you are single, embrace singleness as God's gift for this season of your life. Let the following books challenge you to live God's calling for you as a single person until He moves you in another direction.
Written by Mary S. Whelchel / Format: Paperback Edition
1. Common Mistakes Singles Make
Common Mistakes Singles Make addresses dating and marriage, family and friends, careers and money, and a whole lot more.
As a single person, Mary S. Whelchel understands how frustrations and longings can lead to mistakes. She offers valuable insight and biblical solutions for some of the most common problems you may face as a single adult.
Common Mistakes Singles Make is a 1999 expanded edition from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Written by Michael P. Cavanaugh / Format: Paperback Edition
2. God's Call to the Single Adult
God's Call to the Single Adult, by Michael P. Cavanaugh, answers your tough questions about singleness.
Valuable insights and practical advice make this one of the best books for single Christians.
Originally published by Oasis House in 1988, this 2003 ILN release includes an award-winning workbook and study guide.
Written by Wendy Widder / Format: Paperback Edition
3. Living Whole Without a Better Half
Living Whole Without a Better Half celebrates the wholeness of single life with wisdom, humor, and grace.
Widder uses lessons from Bible stories and characters to show you how to live an abundant life now, instead of waiting for marriage to begin life.
Living Whole Without a Better Half was published in 2000 by Kregel Publications.
Written by Michael Cavanaugh / Format: Paperback Edition
4. Power and Purpose of Singleness
Michael Cavanaugh incorporates a comprehensive study guide in Power and Purpose of Singleness.
Using biblical stories and personal anecdotes, he shares six important truths about the single life.
For the Christian, true joy comes through serving God and others. Cavanaugh explains how God can use your singleness to fulfill His plans and purposes.
Power and Purpose of Singleness is a 2009 publication of Whitaker House.
Written by Barry Danylak / Format: Paperback Edition
5. Redeeming Singleness
Redeeming Singleness is a great book by Barry Danylak, with a foreword by John Piper.
Taking a biblical stance on singleness, the author affirms marriage and singleness as gifts from God.
The book offers a new perspective for understanding Christian singleness and is appropriate for personal or pastoral study.
Redeeming Singleness is a 2010 publication of Crossway Books.
Written by Andrew Farmer / Format: Paperback Edition
6. The Rich Single Life
The Rich Single Life presents a compelling case for living life to the fullest as a single Christian.
Written by Andrew Farmer with a foreword by Joshua Harris, this book examines the challenges of singleness and celebrates the advantages.
The Rich Single Life was published by PDI Ministries (now Sovereign Grace Ministries) in 1998.
Written by Dana Anders, Nathan Clement, Chris Conti, and Lana Trent / Format: Paperback Edition
7. Single And Content
Single and Content was written by Dana Anders, Nathan Clement, Chris Conti, and Lana Trent.
It features contributions from more than 25 single Christians (authors, artists, and speakers) who address various issues of singleness.
Through real-life stories and personal conversations, the authors and contributors reveal how you can find contentment as a single in a "couples' world."
Single and Content is a 1999 Thomas Nelson publication.
Written by Lori Smith / Format: Paperback Edition
8. The Single Truth
In The Single Truth, Lori Smith challenges the lies about singleness with God's liberating truth.
This encouraging book affirms that you are deeply loved by God. Marriage is not better or worse, but different, and you can be content as a single adult.
The Single Truth is a 2002 publication of Destiny Image Publishers.
Written by Albert Y. Hsu / Format: Paperback Edition
9. Singles at the Crossroads
Singles at the Crossroads takes a new approach to singleness.
Drawing on insight from John Stott and others, Albert Hsu suggests that singleness is not a problem that marriage can solve. Rather, singleness (like marriage) is an opportunity to follow Jesus.
Singles at the Crossroads was published in 1997 by Inter-Varsity Press (IVP) Books.
Copyright © 2011. Annette R. Smith. All rights reserved.
Published: September 25, 2011 / Modified: June 10, 2013
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