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...A remarkable book, biblically saturated and Christ-exalting...wise, encouraging, personal, and much needed. I highly recommend it. -- Randy Alcorn, author, founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries

...A warm, tender, gracious, and God-centered challenge to singles...Carolyn understands the issues, and she faces them head-on. -- Bob Lepine, Co-Host, FamilyLife Today

...One of the most biblical, substantive, and helpful resources I am aware of on this topic. -- Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, host of Revive Our Hearts Radio

...Will encourage countless single women to trust God and embrace His wise plan for their lives. -- C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, and Carolyn Mahaney, author of Feminine Appeal

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"This book is one of the most biblical, substantive, and helpful resources I am aware of on this topic. Carolyn gives single women a map to help them discover God's purpose, mission, and calling for their lives. Her writing is engaging, practical, thought-provoking, and refreshingly transparent. I am confident that every woman who reads this book will be greatly blessed, challenged, and encouraged."
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Radio Host, Revive Our Hearts

"We have nothing but superlatives for Carolyn McCulley and this book. Its biblical content and timely wisdom are fully supported by her compelling personal example. These honest and hope-filled pages will encourage countless single women to trust God and embrace His wise plan for their lives."
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

"Carolyn McCulley has written a remarkable book, biblically saturated and Christ-exalting. Her words are wise, encouraging, personal, and much needed. I highly recommend it."
Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries; author, Heaven and Happiness

"Carolyn McCulley has a gift for the body of Christ. This is a warm, tender, gracious, and God-centered challenge to singles to live a rich and abundant life for His glory. Carolyn understands the issues, and she faces them head-on. Her transparency and vulnerability as a fellow single adult make this a book that singles will connect with."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (June 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently finished reading a book on singleness. It's not the kind of book that I'm usually drawn to. I read hard-hitting theology, meaty fiction or compelling non-fiction. I particularly avoid this genre because experience has taught me that I roll my eyes approximately three times per page (I suppose that shows my own degree of sanctification ... but I digress).

Historically, I find myself thinking that these books are written by women who are trying to convince themselves that they're okay. I could summarize them as: "I'm okay. I'm Okay. I'm OKAY, right? Okay? Anyone? Anyone?"

Carolyn McCulley is different in "Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred" (title is courtesy of her pastor, Josh Harris). She is not a single woman in search of identity and meaning; she is a woman whose identity and meaning are rooted in Christ ... and her situation happens to be "single." As I said, I usually avoid these books, but I actually sought this one out after reading an article about beauty and later learning that it was an excerpt from this book.

Carolyn McCulley examines the single life in biblical categories that transcend the "single Christian woman" genre and that show that the whole of Scripture speaks to me, as a daughter of God who happens to be single at this stage of my life. And so the book slides back into a genre that's more comfortable for me: hard-hitting (but imminently practical) theology.

As hard-hitting theology, McCulley makes five points that I consider for essential for every identity=Christian-situation=single woman out there. I'm working on internalizing this list:

1. Trusting God with a hope deferred.
2. Contentment while we wait.
3. Faithfulness to sow for the future, even when we're in tears.
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Ms McCully writes with humor yet loaded with hope, vision and purpose for the ever increasing number of Christian single women in our world. A unique voice, charged with personal self-diclosure, integrity to take on the authenticity of life for the Christian woman today, and armed with biblical truth to separate and discern what a unique gift single life is and to infuse vision and courage and finishing the race with faithfulness.

This book is full of insight and hope, not a book to pick up if you want someone to console your pity, rather a book that genuinely takes on the very real challenges and temptations in our culture with integrity, even within The Church, for the Christian woman today. Sin in this book is sin. Good is good. Right is right. Godly is godly.

By far, the best part of the book is the hope it instills that we can walk faithfully, gratefully and with a heart of praise.

Here are the chapter headings.

Table of Contents:

1. "You're Still Single?": Hard questions, Godward answers

2. Esteeming the Gift: Why the Bible calls singleness a gift and for what purpose

3. God's Quiet Providence: God is still working when nothing seems to be happening

4. A Woman of Noble Character: The priceless worth of a virtuous woman

5. Do Him Good All the Days of Your Life: Why guarding your heart before marriage matters

6. Respected at the City Gate: Observing and serving the men around you

7. Food From Afar: Having a love for the home and hospitality when you're oftne gone

8. Out of Her Earnings: Wisdom in the workplace with an eye on eternity

9. The Blessing of Children: Investing in the Next Generation

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I recently read Carolyn McCulley's book, Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? I was pleasantly surprised and inspired by her genuine candidness and honest approach to what can be such a sensitive subject. She dives into the topic of Biblical womanhood with refreshing purposefulness, emphasizing that no matter in what stage of life a woman might find herself, God has good plans for her to walk in that are meaningful. McCulley's writing is laugh-out-loud humerous at times and also extremely heartfelt as she
writes of her own life and the struggle that women face as they wait for marriage and family. I also found very helpful insights for married individuals on what not to say to single women when they are trying to help them. I highly recommend this book. There is not another one on the market like this! Enjoy!
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Carolyn McCulley's wit and wisdom shine through in this practical guide to living the godly single life. She consistently points single women longing for marriage back to Jesus and back to the cross. Most helpful were her chapters on the Proverbs 31 woman, she made it clear that the virtues of a married woman have to be the virtues of a single woman first. Her personal anecdotes are hilariously helpful as she humbly shares her life to make her application of scripture clear. I have learned much about loving God more, and living my life for his glory from Ms. McCulley. SOOO glad this book was written!
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By Jessi Urban on September 30, 2013
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As a teenager, I read "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" by Josh Harris. The ideas in it were reenforced by my own convictions about waiting until I was ready to assume the responsibilities and ties of marriage to get into a committed relationship with someone. And if the relationship wasn't going to be committed, I didn't see the point of pouring time, energy and affection into a short term investment with really low return statistics.

As a 29 year old single woman, I had begun to question whether or not I'd been wise to prioritize the things that I did and take the risks that I did at a younger age. Watching friend after friend who had chosen very different lifestyle paths than the one God put before me entering into seemingly idealistic, perfect marriages and producing adorable children made it even harder to see my life clearly. Ms. McCulley's insightful, honest look at the challenges and opportunities facing single, Christian women encouraged me and helped me to refocus on truths I once knew and had begun to question.

For every woman staring into the future with a confused heart wondering what she "did wrong" to get to this point in her life alone, this delightfully written book will be a God-send to your heart. Refocus. Renew. Realize that there is richness in life at this moment whether you are single, dating, divorced, or married.
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