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Overview Our culture is inundated with conflicting views about single life. Even in the church, preconceptions and biases exist, including such notions as: an individual is complete only when married; contentment is the litmus test for the gift of singleness, and only married persons should serve in leadership roles. In this book, author Hoffeditz takes a fresh new look at singleness by examining the lives ofeight individuals from Scripture who were single at some point in their adult lives-Paul, Anna, Martha, Jeremiah, Ruth, Joseph, Nehemiah and John the Baptist. By studying their lives and situations, Hoffeditz explores how God intends single men and women to live and demonstrates how one can truly serve God and be single.
Publishers Description For singles who want to live a godly, biblical life amid all the issues of singleness, there can be no better examples than the lives of Bible characters who have blazed the trail. Years ago, David Hoffeditz was presented with a question: How does one walk with the Lord in the midst of living single? Countless books have been written on the topic--how to cope with singleness, how to begin a thriving singles' ministry, and how to provide an inspirational "Kumbaya land"--but there are no thorough studies about what the Bible says and what the biblical singles have to say. After struggling with the issue, Hoffeditz realized that there were biblical figures that had been single at some point in their adult lives--Paul, John the Baptist, Anna, Joseph, Ruth, and three others. And through studying their lives and situations, Hoffeditz reached the conclusion that liberates singles from the shackles placed by themselves and others. He realized that these preconceived notions, biases, and cultural ideals must give way to the wisdom of God's Word. In this thorough examination of singleness in Scripture, singles will discover, as the author did, spiritual freedom in the midst of living single.
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Studio: Kregel Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825427762 ISBN13 9780825427763
Reviews - What do customers think about They Were Single Too: 8 Biblical Role Models?
They Were Single Too Feb 9, 2007
This book is being used by our women's class at church as a study guide. I have received good reports from the class members about the book.
Ten Stars? Nov 18, 2006
I am a married woman, and it may seem odd that I'd comment on a book about singleness. But I have a good reason. I married later in life. I'm glad that I did it, I'd do it again and I have no desire to end my marriage.
My single years were wonderful and I did a lot, experienced a lot and learned unbelievable good things. But my singleness was marred by the constant pressure and even criticism from my friends, colleagues, and at times, even my own relatives. I was asked unbelievably personal questions and had to put up with remarks that were downright tacky. And the people who thought there were going to make me "see the light" about my singleness and settle down and marry were actually driving me AWAY from marriage and killing what desire I did have for it. For a long time I refused to pray for a mate. The story of how I met my husband and how we got married is a whole separate matter, but I can say this -- I was a contented single when I met him. We have a good relationship and I credit part of this to the fact that we both were able to lead good, useful lives when we were single.
I think that David Hoffeditz has done the Christian community a real service with this book -- he gives sound, Biblical examples of people who were single or who had spent a great deal of their lives single. With the spate of books out pushing marriage over singleness and just about equating singleness with sin, I think this one restores a true, Biblical balance.
In fact, the prime example of singleness: Jesus Christ Himself. In spite of all of the DA VINCI CODE controversey, Jesus was a bachelor!
For a calm amidst the storm Dec 17, 2005
Despite the fact that I am an exceedingly slow reader, I just couldn't put this book down. As a 21 year old single facing the prospect entering entirely into adult singleness, this book caught my attention by the mere force of the topic itself. As I read I was delighted to see that the content of the book was highly beneficial and the style in which it was written made it easy and enjoyable to read. I'm not sure what I appreciated more, the level of honesty or the number of universal Biblical truths put forth. The level of honesty is key for this kind of work, as Hoffeditz clearly realized. The struggles are real and Hoffeditz given the chance for me to consider the real battles vicariously through his experiences while aptly describing my thoughts and feelings on the various struggles in "solo living;" as the author terms it. The book was universal in that the ideas put forth affect every person, single or not. The significance of this work is that these important idea were dealt with in the context of singleness; namely, sorting out the various issues, often with just you and Christ. As Hoffeditz highlights, often these struggles are dealt in the face of have no other person to help. Again, the universals such as pursuing Christ above all else are brought out beautifully and in a refreshing way for the single Christian. I enjoyed this work thoroughly; it will make a great gift for some on my list this year. I was very encouraged in Christ and am forced now consider and evaluate how I think about must in my single life before God. This is the sort of work where I found myself wishing I could have certain people read a particular chapter as it addressed the particular struggles that I know some around me are going through at this time. At the same time I was convicted that I needed to hear much of what was stated by the author. The topics dealt with include loneliness, how to face adversity as a single, the discouragement that often comes to the single adult from those who are married and/or have expectations of you being so soon, a strong reminder of who we are as follower of Christ (regardless of marital status), and many more. This will no doubt be a profitable book to read, regardless of your current relationship status.
They Were Single Too by Dr. David Hoffeditz Dec 6, 2005
David Hoffeditz is a highly skilled writer who examines various single biblical characters greatly used by God. In his book, They Were Single Too, I appreciated David's thorough examination of the texts of Scripture and his vulnerability in describing various facets of the single life. His timely humor and deep thought-provoking challenges encouraged me to view life as a single woman in an innovative way. I wish I would have had this book as a resource years ago! I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks to understand God's perspective on the topic of singleness. As a graduate school professor and licensed professional clinical counselor, I see GREAT benefit in utilizing this book as a resource. This book is a "must have" for individuals, groups, churches, and academic institutions. I have yet to come across any other book that addresses singleness in such a creative way. I have read the book once and am already reading through it a second time because of the great encouragement I received from its content. I am looking forward to reading more of David Hoffeditz' books in the near future!