"Singleness is . . . the kind of gift that makes us cringe and smile politely while we desperately search for a gift receipt."
Singleness is a "gift"; at least that's what we've been taught. But if singleness is a gift, then why does it make us feel miserable so often? Does God really want his children to embrace a gift they resent so much?
Debbie Maken proposes that marriage is the fundamental design and structure for life that God chose for his people. Digging into the Bible and history, she shows that the modern idea that we should be content, even happy, with singleness is flawed, not normal for mankind, made in the image of God. She shows that this perspective has not been the norm in the past, and traces how that has changed over the last few generations.
The author contends that men should stop acting like children, and again take up the mantle of leadership and responsibility. She argues that the church needs to stop praising the virtues of singleness over marriage and must reemphasize the importance of marriage. This book issues a challenge to churches in their teaching and attitudes toward singleness and to believers in their understanding of God's intentions regarding marriage. Read by Gentry Rench.
(2-4 chapters each)