Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church [NOOK Book]

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Authors Christine Colón and Bonnie Field thought that by a certain age they would each be married. But they watched that age come and go--and still no walks down the aisle.

In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience--and that of an increasing number of Christians. Rejecting overly simplistic messages from the church about "waiting for marriage," they explore a deeper ...
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Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church

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Overview

Authors Christine Colón and Bonnie Field thought that by a certain age they would each be married. But they watched that age come and go--and still no walks down the aisle.

In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience--and that of an increasing number of Christians. Rejecting overly simplistic messages from the church about "waiting for marriage," they explore a deeper understanding of celibacy that affirms singles' decision to be sexually pure, acknowledges their struggles, and recognizes their importance in the church community.

Thoughtful and accessible, Singled Out is an invaluable voice of realistic encouragement for any single as well as an important tool for church leaders and others concerned with mission and ministry for singles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441204288
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 840,698
  • File size: 371 KB

Meet the Author

Christine A. Colón (PhD, University of California at Davis) is associate professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She has published articles in Women's Writing, Renascence, and Brontë Studies as well as in several volumes of collected essays. Bonnie E. Field is an educational consultant and curriculum specialist who lives in Dallas, Georgia. She has also taught English at Arizona College of the Bible and Wayland Baptist University.
Christine A. Colon (PhD, University of California at Davis) is associate professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She has published articles in Women's Writing, Renascence, and Bronte Studies as well as in several volumes of collected essays.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction: Our Journey 9

Part 1 Navigating Our Path

1 Repression & Neuroses: Negative Secular Views of Celibacy 21

2 Power & Freedom: Positive Secular Views of Celibacy 37

3 Chastity & Holiness: Positive Christian Views of Celibacy 54

4 Sin & Selfishness: Negative Christian Views of Celibacy 77

Part 2 Encountering Dangerous Messages along the Way

5 Lust & Avoidance: Dangerous Messages about Sexual Temptation 99

6 Happiness & Maturity: Dangerous Messages about Sex and Marriage 122

Part 3 Searching for a New Direction

7 Covenant & Inclusion: Views of Celibacy in Scripture 149

8 Monks & Martyrs: Views of Celibacy in the Church's Past 172

9 Discipline & Community: Views of Celibacy in Contemporary Christian Thought 201

Afterword: Where Do We Go from Here? 223

Bibliography 234

Notes 245

Index 254

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    A must read, especially for those who are discerning whether mar

    A must read, especially for those who are discerning whether marriage or celibacy is right for them - and for churches that are struggling with their singles ministries.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Excellent way to start some thought-provoking discussions

    Could we make this required reading for all marrieds and singles in the church? What an amazingly better place the church would be . . . The questions raised in this book just keep coming back to me, and I'm somewhat entranced by the vision of the church as presented by Colon and Field. If you have ever been single or know anyone who is :), read this book.

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