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Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century Paperback – Bargain Price, June 19, 2007

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In a culture that has grown unkind to marriage and the marriage-minded, Jennifer Marshall’s analysis of the facts we live with, and the faith that sustains us, offers guidance and hope for young women. You may be single, but you do not have to be alone. Jennifer Marshall shows the way.
William J. Bennett, Washington Fellow-The Claremont Institute; Host-Bill Bennett’s Morning in America

Jennifer Marshall rescues the dreary notion of “contentment” from passive resignation and recharges it with a robust faith in God that results in vigorous, purposeful living…. Singles and non-singles alike will find this brand of contented living liberating, energizing, and fulfilling.
Carolyn Custis James, author of When Life and Beliefs Collide and Lost Women of the Bible

If we value marriage, we should value and mentor those among us who want to get there but are not there yet. In Now and Not Yet, her faith-and-research-based book, Jennifer Marshall not only brings to light this unaddressed reality of modern life, but gives her fellow single traditional women the pep talk they need. Post-twenties singleness can be a lonely time for the marriage-minded; Jennifer Marshall has made it less so.
Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the National Review Online

Jennifer Marshall has a fresh, positive, God-centered perspective on singleness as one of the many callings we live by in the Christian life. Now and Not Yet is about much more than marital status; it is about loving and serving Jesus in the space between the way things are and the way we expect them to be. Marshall is honest about life’s struggles and open to the legitimate desire to be married during what she calls “the unexpected in-between.” What she writes is full of biblical and practical wisdom for pursuing single-minded devotion to God and finding joyful contentment in His unique plan for your life.
Philip Graham Ryken, author of The Message of Salvation and Ryken’s Bible Handbook; senior minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With sensitivity and a sharp-edged knowledge of God’s Word, Jennifer Marshall reveals the sweet and satisfying answer to our deepest longings, helping us all–whether married or single–find true pleasure in God. Thank you, Jennifer, for shining so much light on an oft-troubling topic.
Joni Eareckson Tada, JAF International Disability Center

In her insightful and hopeful meditation on contemporary singlehood, Jennifer Marshall breaks through the tired stereotypes of the single woman as desperate for marriage or obsessed with career. She makes the compelling case that “Christian, single, and content” is not an oxymoron but another pathway for women to fulfill God’s calling for their lives. This book is essential reading not only for single women of all ages but for their mothers, fathers, friends, and faith communities.
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, author of The Divorce Culture: Rethinking Our Commitment to Marriage and Family and Why There Are No Good Men Left: The Romantic Plight of the New Single Woman; co-director, National Marriage Project, Rutgers

About the Author

Jennifer A. Marshall speaks and writes frequently on cultural issues as director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.,-based think tank. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159052649X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,886,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Beth on July 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Jennifer Marshall provides an honest and insightful look at the young, single woman. She met me where I am and where so many of my friends are too. I did not finish the book anxiously awaiting the arrival of my prince charming, but rather hopeful of the plans the Lord has for my life, whatever they may be. The identifiable testimonies of so many women from across the country are both validating and encouraging. Marshall's illustrations and Biblical context challenged me to see my life from many different perspectives. It is an important read for any single woman (or single woman's mother). Our lives are purposeful, and we should live them with intentionality and balance no matter the season.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Leslie on July 22, 2007
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I'm not in Kansas anymore either, Toto. This book re-emphasized that the easy-dating-evolving-into-marriage decade is history (for now) and that I, as a parent from that era, am inexperienced in delivering firsthand knowledge of "what you should do today" if you are single. Bottom line: Your calling is not something you wait for, but the something that is at hand today. If you are a single, Christian woman following your main purpose to reflect Christ, then consider that God is using you to be single for now, for HIS highest glory. It's not Plan A or Plan B marriage scheming that is profitable, but Plan G, the God Plan, that is pertinent. What a great way to assess your spiritual agreement with God. It's a valuable test for your TRUE, spiritual ambition.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gina R. Dalfonzo on August 27, 2007
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I once worked for Jennifer Marshall (full disclosure), so I knew she was smart, articulate, and sincere! But I was still pleasantly surprised by the depth of her insights in this book. This is not your everyday "Christian single ladies' manual." Jennifer takes an honest, clear-eyed look at the gap between where so many of us are and where we had expected and hoped to be, and the struggles we face while trying to make a life in that place. (Am I where I should be? How do others see me? What adjustments will I need to make if the opportunity for family life comes along?) And she offers wise and compassionate guidance on how to live a balanced and fruitful life no matter where we find ourselves, even as we work on preparing ourselves for what might be coming. She also does a great job of helping defuse today's version of the war between the sexes by explaining how we see each other, and what factors distort that view and cloud our judgment. A must-read, not just for single women (and men too), but for anyone trying to understand the new and strange landscape both single and married people are facing today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DELA on November 14, 2014
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I heard Jennifer speak at a conference earlier this year and purchased this book to learn more about what she had to say on the topic.

Just as she was a good verbal communicator at the conference, her writing skills in this book further reflect her giftedness as a communicator.

Unfortunately, the main focus of the book is single women who are longing and expecting to be married. Nearly all of the advice and milestones about education, finances, and other life decisions are filtered exclusively through the lens of whether we will be made more suitable for marriage as a result. In my 50 years of singleness, I have not benefited much from that approach. In fact, most of the times when I did make life decisions on that basis, I have felt out of step with the Lord and have mildly regretted the outcome.

I know I may not be the norm or the author's target audience though, so if you are younger and have the expectation of marriage as your driving motivation, then you will most likely appreciate what this author has to offer. In that regard, the book is quite helpful and the author is clearly gifted and personable on those topics. Not everyone's cup of tea, but some will definitely be blessed.
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