Singles at the Crossroads: A Fresh Perspective on Christian Singleness

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One of the 1998 Academy of Parish Clergy Top Ten Books of the Year!

Nearly half of adults today are unmarried. But most churches emphasize marriage and family, leaving many Christian singles feeling marginalized or alienated. Though they look to Jesus and Paul as role models, many suspect they would be more acceptable to the church—and God—if they settled down and got married.

Albert Hsu challenges this view. Christian singles don't need tips ...

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Overview

One of the 1998 Academy of Parish Clergy Top Ten Books of the Year!

Nearly half of adults today are unmarried. But most churches emphasize marriage and family, leaving many Christian singles feeling marginalized or alienated. Though they look to Jesus and Paul as role models, many suspect they would be more acceptable to the church—and God—if they settled down and got married.

Albert Hsu challenges this view. Christian singles don't need tips on finding a mate or advice on suffering through the single life. What they need is a truly Christian understanding of singleness—a biblically grounded, theologically informed perspective that honors singleness equally with marriage and family.

Moving beyond pat answers, Hsu

debunks the myth of the "gift of singleness"chronicles how the church has overemphasized both singleness and marriageworks through discerning God's will as a single Christianexplains why searching for the right marriage partner can be misguided—even unbiblicalgrapples with loneliness, aloneness and communitywarns of common mistakes regarding dating, love and sex

Hsu draws insight from an interview with John Stott as well as from the stories of other Christian students and professionals. Ultimately, singleness is not a problem to be solved by marriage, he says; rather, like marriage, it is an opportunity in which to follow Jesus. Singles at the Crossroads points the way to a Christian community where all members are valued, Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female, married and single.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830813537
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/1997
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Y. Hsu (pronounced "shee") is senior editor for IVP Books at InterVarsity Press, where he acquires and develops books in such areas as culture, discipleship, church, ministry and mission. He is also a PhD student in educational studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

Al is the author of Singles at the Crossroads, Grieving a Suicide and The Suburban Christian. He has been a writer and columnist for Christianity Today and served as senior warden on the vestry of Church of the Savior in Wheaton, Illinois. He and his wife, Ellen, have two sons and live in the western suburbs of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Why This Book?
1. Where Singles Are Today
2. A Brief History of Singleness
3. The Myth of the Gift
4. The Issue of God's Will
5. Freedom and Opportunity
6. From Loneliness to Solitude
7. From Aloneness to Community
8. Rethinking Romance
9. Temptations Singles Face
Epilogue: A Vision for the Future
Appendix: John Stott on Singleness
Notes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

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    Simply Awful

    I bought this expecting it to be an well thought out theolgy of Singlness instead I got an theolgicly tepid and woefully out of date book haveing been published in 1996 all of the statistics are at least 16 or 17 years old. Meanwhile the authour down plays the truth of God's Soverign Reprobation and never clearly condems unmaried co habitation or self identified "celibate homosexuals". A frustateing read that left me feeling like I had been solid a bill of wrong good avoid at all costs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Changed my perspective on singleness

    This book is amazing. It basically blows so many other christian single books out of the water. With so many insights into how the church see's singleness as something to be looked down upon, and yet the Bible speaking something so differently. I think the fact the it focus's on you and God. And not, you, God, and the spose waiting in the wings. It really changed my life, helping me want to live for the Lord today, and not waiting until I get married for my reall life to start. Great, amazing, and very simple. Read if you are a single tired of all of those books that focus on marriage and not Jesus, but still need to learn to be a single in this world of Christian couples and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2002

    AWESOME!

    This book is very helpful and will help to understand God's purpose for being single until he brings you your perfect match!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    Our Relationship With The FATHER Matters

    I recently left a church in San Diego because I felt like an outcast (I was the only single guy) and until I found Singles at the Crossroads felt like there was something wrong with me. Besides validating my own feelings, it has given me a mission within the church to welcome singles. This is an excellent resource for singles AND to a large extent, couples without kids. This book is a great gift to give to clergy, vestry, and anyone else that needs to be reminded that our relationship with the Father is what really matters.

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