Youíve passed some landmark birthday or itís your younger sisterís wedding, and the questions start coming: ďYouíre still single? Why havenít you gotten married yet?Ē And you start to wonder if you have, indeed, kissed marriage goodbye.
Carolyn McCulley pierces right to the heart of single women in this excellent study on Godís plans and purposes for singlehood. Drawing from her own longing as a forty-year-old single woman, she describes singleness as a gift most people would rather do without, but which holds unexpected blessing.
Donít look here for advice on finding a husband. McCulley teaches women to treat all guys as brothers in Christ, not dividing them into possibilities, just friends, and ďIíd rather not even talk to him!Ē While sympathizing with the pain single women feel, she pulls readers beyond their pity parties to see the real potential of singlehood.
Following instruction found in the life of the Proverbs 31 woman, McCulley shows readers the importance of guarding their hearts, being hospitable, and finding ways to interact with children. Other topics include finances, service, and growing older. Chapters contain many examples from the authorís own life and othersí, increasing the bookís readability amid otherwise serious prose.
Joshua Harris, the authorís pastor, wrote the foreword and came up with the unique parody title. Recommended for single women who are looking for more than just the right guy to come along. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
Through personal anecdotes and careful examination of Scripture, Carolyn McCulley challenges single women to regard their singleness not as a burden, but as a gift from God that allows them to perform a unique role in the body of Christ.