"[T]he vast knowledge and careful reading of particular stories make this book a valuable addition to nineteenth-century social and family history..."
"An incisive first book... Bennett provides the first thorough-going and theological account of singleness (in all its varieties) as a Christian vocation. Clearly and engagingly written, Bennett's book will be of interest to serious lay persons as well as scholars. Going forward, all engagements in a theology of marriage and sexuality must necessarily reckon with Water Is Thicker Than Blood." M. Therese Lysaught, co-editor of Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective and of the forthcoming On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics, Third Edition
"Bennett offers a renewed understanding of marriage and singleness, and she challenges the contemporary focus, in theology, on the nuclear family. As surprising as it seem, she retrieves this challenged through a study of Augustine. She sets Augustine's oft-cited (and misunderstood) statements on marriage, sex, and sin within a broad and incisive account of his theology and his hope for holiness in the Christian life." David Matzko McCarthy, author of Sex and Love in the Home: A Theology of the Household
"Jana Bennett's new book speaks to all Christians who want their daily lives to reflect their faith in Christ. By addressing the many varieties of households in which Christians live, she is able to offer an ethic that is equally relevant both for those who are single and for those who are married. Bennett is one of a new generation of moral theologians who bring to the table rigorous analysis of the Christian tradition and serious attention to contemporary problems. Her book deserves a large audience of academics, students, and lay people." Julie Rubio, author of A Christian Theology of Marriage and Family
"A welcomed contribution to the growing body of theological literature on marriage and family...[Bennet's] adept engagement with St. Augustine as a principal conversation partner is timely and pertinent." Modern Theology
"Thought-provoking. . ."Religious Studies Review