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Overview The issues of single and married Christians are essentially the same, because they are the products of fallen humanity-loneliness, unfulfulled desires, unanswered questions, pain, rejection, and fear. This book urges us not to let the assumptions of others taint God's view of who we are. It includes character studies of people in the Bible and shows how the lessons they learned can apply to single Christians. Chapters include "Abraham-Unsolved Mysteries," "Moses-I think I'll Go Eat Worms," and "Jacob and Joseph-I Did It My Way." Widder blends the experience of being single and the truths of God's Word, always with a sense of humor, to proclaim God's promises of eternal life-with no marital strings attached.
Publishers Description Wendy Widder blends the experiences of singleness and the truths of God's Word with a sense of humor to proclaim God's promises of an abundant life--with no marital strings attached Bombarded by the good intentions of others, singles sometimes find themselves in a mad pursuit to find their "better half" instead of living the whole life God intended for all of His children. Their obsession to lose the "single" label may rob them of His richest gifts.
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Studio: Kregel Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.45" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date May 23, 2000
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825441110 ISBN13 9780825441110
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More About Wendy Widder
Wendy Widder spent most of her twenties teaching elementary students and waiting to get married. Then she decided life was happening without her, so she started a collection of graduate degrees in Bible, theology, and ancient languages. After twelve years, five advisors, three schools, two states, and two continents, she emerged from the ivory tower and found herself in mid-life, learning new ways to live whole without a better half. She is also the author of A Match Made in Heaven: How Singles and the Church Can Live Happily Ever After (Kregel, 2003) and a book she coauthored with her father to help Christian teachers integrate a biblical worldview into their courses. Wendy blogs at wendywidder.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about Living Whole Without a Better Half?
THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE Nov 23, 2006
I bought this book 5 years ago and it has changed my life. I was searching for a great guy (I'm 28 now) and the book taught me to search for a great life. After reading it I went on my first vacation alone and learned that life is just as enjoyable with great family and friends as it is with a significant other. It gave me strength and courage I didnt know I had in me... I got a job opportunity to move 9500 miles away and never thought twice about making a move from New York to Singapore - it really gave me such independance and joy and although if I met a great guy I would embrace a relationship but I don't search for it or feel like less of a person because I'm not in one. I definitely recommend this book!
Moderately helpful read, But much better options out there. Feb 21, 2006
This book puts emphasis on human effort to run the race/strive/pursue the prize, etc. rather than emphasis on the sovereign grace of a holy God who works all things according to his Glory. Widder does write about the fact that God, unlike Santa, gives only GOOD gifts -- ie, no "coal" in our stockings, even if we are likely to perceive our singleness in that way.
There are, in my opinion, FAR better options available to singles, single Christian women in particular.
Example: Short booklet "Singled out for Him" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, the relatively new release with accompanying DVD "Sex and the Supremacy of Christ" edited/compiled by John Piper, and "Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye" by Carolyn McCulley (member of Joshua Harris' church).
Also helpful, check out Carolyn's internet "Blog" -- gives lots of regular articles pertaining to singleness; that will be a better resource, also, than this well-intentioned book.
Another brief comment: This book is very helpful, perhaps, to "beginners" on the journey towards contentment in singleness. Anyone, however, with a deeper understanding of God's grace will find it elementary at best.
I've read better Jan 9, 2006
Even though I love my 30-something single life, I am always on the hunt for good encouragement as, let's be honest, it can still be lonely...and the older I get, the more I feel that biological clock ticking! I probably own at least a dozen or so of these types of books that have either been given to me, or that I've picked up on my own. This was one I picked up myself and rather than finding encouragement, it actually depressed me.
There were some good points I thought she had, and I know that many have probably found it encouraging, but overall it was not practical for me and the way I have approached my life and my current God-given gift of singleness.
A book like this I think should speak to all, and instead I think it surely speaks to some, but it certainly didn't to me or any of my friends (who I also had read it as I was afraid that maybe my take on it was "just me"). I kept it on my shelf for awhile, but eventually ended up getting rid of it completely.
There are so many of these kinds of books out there right now, I would highly recommend picking up another one and leave this as one of the last reads you do. One that I would highly recommend is "Table for One: The Savvy Girl's Guide to Singleness" by Camerin Courtney.
You MUST pick up a copy of the book Oct 31, 2002
This is by far the best book I've ever read. I get so tired of hearing people say to me "God has someone special for you" or "What? You don't have a boyfriend? You're not married?!?" Why continue searching for your "better half" when you can live the life that God has for you. I can't tell you all of it. You have to purchase a copy for yourself.
A DEEPER ENCOURAGEMENT FOR SINGLES Jul 1, 2002
WOW! Wendy does a great job of honestly going deeper on a difficult subject. Although she doesn't trivialize the pain involved in living with unmet Godly desires, she does uncover the fact that these struggles aren't new to mankind. This is a deeper bite than Table For One, but just as good. Not for the faint of heart--be ready to wrestle with God. Huge encouragement for singles. Even though the author is apparently young and comes from an amazingly supportive family she is no stranger to lonliness. Excellant job helping us stay focused on God. Hard to be disgruntled with your life when you have an attitude of gratitude, even if this isn't the life we had hoped for.