7 Myths About Singleness
While singleness is often widely misunderstood by many in the church today and often viewed in negative terms, the Bible speaks about it very differently. This book sets forth a positive vision of singleness by responding to 7 common misconceptions,...
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While singleness is often widely misunderstood by many in the church today and often viewed in negative terms, the Bible speaks about it very differently. This book sets forth a positive vision of singleness by responding to 7 common misconceptions, such as the notion that singleness is too hard, requires a special spiritual gift, is a hindrance to ministry, or is a waste of sexuality. Addressed to the church as a whole and written by a single pastor, 7 Myths about Singleness will help readers better understand, support, and empower the singles around them to contribute to the flourishing of the church as a whole.
"Sam Allberry flushes out the several hidden, barely conscious assumptions about singleness and celibacy that control our attitudes toward single living. Once he makes these assumptions visible, he uses the Bible to dismantle them and show us a better way. It would be a great mistake, however, if we were to think this is a book only for singles. If Sam is right-and he is-the entire church must understand the biblical teaching on this subject. The local congregation must be not merely a loose network of families but a close-knit family itself, consisting of both married couples and singles, all living together as brothers and sisters. This volume will show us how to do that." Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City.
"7 Myths about Singleness offers a refreshing, biblical perspective on an oft-neglected topic. Allberry writes to remove the stigma from the idea of singleness and to help Christians think biblically about the callings of singles within the body of Christ. This timely resource will benefit the church for years to come." Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
"7 Myths about Singleness makes the glory of Jesus, a single man, more obvious in ways helpful to us all. Sam Allberry opens our eyes to how we can better understand ourselves and one another, how we can better steward our married or single lives, and especially how we can stop chasing the myths that break our hearts. He does this by showing us more of Jesus where it can be hard to find him-in the real lives we are living right now. So this married man was turning these pages thinking, 'I need this. I am helped by this!' I think you too will be helped." Ray Ortlund, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee.
"Far too often, the church regards single Christians as people who need to be fixed or fixed up. Sam Allberry provides a pastoral guide to correct this and help the church live like the family of God. I am grateful to God for Sam Allberry and for this new book!" Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key.
"Sam Allberry, in true form, doesn't waste a single word in 7 Myths about Singleness. His tone, structure, humor, and biblical undergirding make this book one of the best on the subject in recent years. Not only has Alberry thought hard about the subject of singleness; he has lived it and continues to glorify Christ in it. Too often, books on singleness still make marriage-or at least becoming marriageable-the point. There is none of that in here. Instead he dissembles the lies in which the unmarried can find themselves trapped, showing the abundant life Christ offers to every single person. People often ask me for the best book on singleness, and I'm grateful to have finally found one." Lore Ferguson Wilbert, author, Handle with Care: Why Jesus Came to Touch and How We Should Too.
If marriage shows us the shape of the gospel, singleness shows us its sufficiency.
Much of what we commonly assume about singleness-that it is primarily about the absence of good things like intimacy, family, or meaningful ministry-is either flat-out untrue or, at the very least, shouldn't be true. To be single, we often think, is to be alone and spiritually hindered.
But the Bible paints a very different picture of singleness: it is a positive gift and blessing from God. This book seeks to help Christians-married and unmarried alike-value singleness as a gift from God so that we can all encourage singles to take hold of the unique opportunities their singleness affords and see their role in the flourishing of the church as a whole.
Sam Allberry is Associate Minister of St Marys Church, Maidenhead, UK. He enjoys American history, bad puns and slowly perfecting his recipe for Thai green curry. He is the author of Lifted: Experiencing the resurrection life.