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Posted September 14, 2011
Although there are good parts of this book and it is probably an excellent read for married people, many of the authors look down their noses at single people as so many evangelicals do. I might not have noticed so much had I not recently read an excellent book by Barry Danylak titled Redeeming Singleness. That book actually presented a strong defense of the value of the gift of singleness. It is the exact opposite of the attitude taken up in this book wherein many of the writers seem to think that singleness is rare, selfish and a little freakish. This book was all downhill after Chapter 5 from where I sit. I would highly recommend the Danylak book referenced above as well as other resources from Desiring God regarding singleness. This book falls far short of providing anything remotely close to encouragement for singles, whether for a single hoping to marry or a single that believes he or she has the gift of singleness.
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Posted May 27, 2012
Could be better
Don't you love it when you feel bad about yourself when you're done with a book?...Oh, you don't? Me either. Most of the book is interesring, if rather dry. The problem is that it assumes that every non-married person who doesn't have the "gift of celibacy" is wallowing in lust and depravity. Also, while it's interesting to see someone give real information on the puritains intead of just making jokes and using the old stereotype, when you start preaching that the people who believed that ENJOYING YOUR FOOD was a sin had the right ideas about life, I begin to question the validity of your arguments. Bottom line: it's a good book to MST3K your way through or if you have a latent masochistic streak. But it's best avoided if you're single. If you are single and get this book, prepare for a boatload of guilt.
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