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Overview For some, singleness means fear, grief, and jealousy. For readers who are single and struggling with its attendant "stigma, " Smith offers God's liberating truths about singleness and clears away the fog to see singleness as a part of God's good plan.
Publishers Description Approximately 50 percent of American adults are single. Many of them don't feel as though they fit in at church. Some wonder what they did wrong to miss the person they were supposed to marry. If they're divorced, they may carry a burden of guilt and lies. They're lonely, and many believe they've missed God's greatest blessing for their lives. They want to be content but don't think it's possible. For some, singleness means fear, grief, and jealousy.
If you are single and struggling with its attendant "stigma, " The Single Truth offers you God's liberating truths about singleness. Lori Smith clears away the fog and lies surrounding singleness and challenges you to live a full life and to see your singleness as a part of God's good plan.
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Studio: Destiny Image Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2005
Publisher DESTINY IMAGE #45
ISBN 0768430046 ISBN13 9780768430042
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More About Lori Smith
Lori Smith is a vice president with Crosswalk.com. Her weekly Internet articles on singleness have generated hundreds of responses from readers around the world. This book is an outgrowth of her own quest to be at peace with singleness.
Reviews - What do customers think about Single Truth?
How a Single Really Feels! Nov 6, 2003
This book is really fantastic! A friend of mine did a small group based on the book and although I wasn't able to attend the group I read the book anyway and I am glad I did! It really is honest about how it feels to be a single and for the first time in over 4 years I feel ok about my singleness! There are times in the book when Lori Smith must have heard my prayers because she says exactly what I am feeling (especially about that old phrase, "You'll find someone" - how irritating!). This book is really a blessing for any single to get a grip on what a blessing being single can be!
And that's the truth! Aug 11, 2003
Finally! A Christian book on singlehood that isn't preachy, sugar-coated, or a thinly-disguised how-to-catch-a-spouse book (Smith states at the beginning, "as if a relationship begun by such a method would be worth having"--right on!) She attacks some of the well-meaning but wrong, and sometimes hurtful, statements from others about our singleness, such as "I know God has just the right man for you, you'll meet him someday" ....None of us knows God's plans for our friends. Or, "God must have something more to teach you". Really? Is spiritual maturity a necessity for marriage? It's not in my church!
She also points out how we tend to trivialize two of the most powerful verses in the Bible: Psalm 37:4 ("Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart"); and Jeremiah 29:11("I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"). By focusing on these verses alone and ignoring the context (David's exaltation not to fret, to trust God, to obey him; Jeremiah's missive to the captives in Babylon telling them God wants them to stay for a while, and to never forget his future plans for the nation of Israel are always good), we trivialize the verses and turn them into sayings that will somehow magically make everything better. Smith goes on to remind us how these verses do show what God does provide when we feel like we are in a holding pattern, something much better than a magic "spell".
I, like Smith, have sometimes loved being single, and sometimes hurt deeply wondering why God has "forgotten" me in this area. I found this book to be empathic but not enabling, true to Biblical principals, and very well written. A special blessing: Smith doesn't leave out widow/ers, single parents, or divorce/es, which, sadly, many Christian books on singlehood do. She also doesn't assume her audience stops after 35. And this 41 year old is very grateful.
Finally, the TRUTH about singleness in God's Kingsdom! May 16, 2003
As an author whose writes about singleness and the Christian life, I've had occasion to read a LOT of books on singles and singleness (an occupational hazzard). Lori Smith's The Single Truth is by far the best book on the subject that I have ever picked up. In a style that is at once emotionally honest and vulnerable, yet thoroughly grounded in God's Word, Lori carries us along on her own personal (yet universal) journey as a Christian single who's disillusioned with a God who fails to do for us the things we think He should. In her quest for understanding, she moves us from a place of desperation to faith, loneliness to community, falsehood to life-giving truth.
There isn't a single anywhere (man or woman) who won't immediately relate to Lori's honest account of her struggles as a single. Her brazen honesty is refreshing--but she doesn't stop there. She goes beyond the struggle to search for genuine, realistic answers in God's Word...and she finds them. The biblical truths she shares aren't simplistic and they aren't churchy; they're real, perhaps even gritty. And they're powerful.
If you're looking for a book that encourages you to wallow in self-pity, or simply rants along with you about what a rotten hand you've been dealt in this life, then this isn't the book for you. But if you're really looking for a way out of the quiet despair that plagues so many singles, then Lori's book is the place you should begin.
Finally a Book That REALLY Speaks to Singles Mar 28, 2003
Finally, I've found that really speaks to singles! Lori Smith's book is filled an honest reflection on the single life. Rather than settle for the pat answers or comments from well-meaning friends (who are usually married), Smith cuts to the core of what it means to be single and how to make the most of it. Chapters including "You can be conent" and "You can change the way you feel about being single" are particularly helpful.
If you're in your twenties or thirties or even forties and single, then this is a must-read!
To tell the Truth Mar 10, 2003
The key word in the book's title is "Truth." The forthrightness of Lori's message is very refreshing. I feel as though I have been held accountable for my past poor attitudes regarding singleness and it's spirit-renewing! Even if you are a single (or you know a single person) who isn't struggling with the single status at this moment, this book is a must-read especially for the perspectives on being content.