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...a new perspective on this often-misunderstood vocation and the wonderful people who live it intentionally and full of purpose and grace. --Paul Jarzembowski, executive director, National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association

About the Author

BETH M. KNOBBE lives an intentional single life. She earned a master of divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and serves as a campus minister at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. She is a regular speaker on young adult spirituality and the author of Finding My Voice: A Young Woman's Perspective.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867169907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867169904
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Knobbe lives an intentional single life and writes from her home in Chicago. Her passion for ministry and service brought her to the windy city after graduating from Briar Cliff University. She also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Catholic Theological Union. Beth currently serves as a campus minister at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University where she oversees spirituality programs, coordinates retreats, and leads an annual mission trip to Nicaragua. She is a regular speaker on topics related to spirituality, young adulthood, friendship, intimacy, prayer, and social justice. Beth is the author of Finding My Voice: A Young Woman's Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2009) and Party of One: Living Single with Faith, Purpose, and Passion (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2011).

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By SciGirl on October 5, 2011
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Being single is an interesting state. Are you single because you are still discerning, or waiting to discern, whether you are called to marriage or religious life? Have you chosen to be single---either short-term or long-term? To consciously choose to remain single is counter-cultural. Many people simply do not understand that one would choose this.

In Party of One: Living Single with Faith, Purpose & Passion, author Beth M. Knobbe discusses single life candidly and compassionately. The author has experience living the single life and has recruited fellow singles to contribute their stories as well. The first person perspective keeps the book from sounding "preachy." Each chapter adheres to the same structure focusing on a principle or virtue---commentary by Knobbe, personal essays from other single individuals, spiritual principles, scripture quotations and a few reflection questions. Knobbe challenges the stigmas and stereotypes that singles face on a daily basis buy examining myths such as "You're not an adult until you get married," "Being single means being alone," and "Singles live a carefree life." The scripture verses and suggestions given at the end of each chapter provide further insight and encourage time for reflection. The reflection questions "stayed with me," allowing an easy way to continue to connect with material. The multifaceted structure of each chapter allows a large variety of information to be presented in a compact fashion, but I found that it gave a choppy feel to the book. The discontinuity made it challenging for me to read more than a few pages at a time.

I think that this book would be excellent for someone who is feeling depressed or discouraged about single life---either for personal reasons or because of outside influences.
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If there is anything to learn from Knobbe's Party of One, it's that there is a purpose for someone who is single (whether they intend to be single or not) and that this purpose can change over time. Knobbe speaks with the deepest authority (the kind from the heart) about what her purpose is. But she admits that there are many outlooks on the single life and she gives a voice to others who have struggled with the single life, the married life and the ordained life.

The best narratives are those that demonstrate development, change and that follow a journey. Party of One gives a story through many voices most young people can relate to, one of change, confusion, acceptance and surrender. There is no idealizing the single life or the married life in Knobbe's work. Party of One emphasizes that God is present in all of our relationships, no matter our status and that love comes in many forms through many relationships.
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This book is incredible. As a single person, reading it gave me hope and courage that the path I'm on isn't a holding pattern for my "real" life of marriage or religious life. It helped me dispel the myths I was holding about my value and worth as a person without the traditional family ties. I loved the stories people shared. After the first chapter I was already making a list of friends, family, and other single people to give this book to. Five stars!
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I finished Beth Knobbe's recent book and it resonated so well with me. As one living the single vocation (and still having to explain it to people), I appreciated how Beth confronted so many myths about single people. Many times while reading, I thought, "Oh, she is so right about that." The book had a good combination of personal stories, and sound advice. I have heard Beth speak, and she is as engaging in the book as she was in person: enthusiastic and thoughtful. This is a fabulous book for single people, both those in the single vocation, and those still looking for marriage. I highly recommend this book.
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In a society where being single is not always seen as desirable, this book reaffirms that I am ok- even great and living my vocation- as a single person. It's a "how to" guide on ways to embrace where I am now and not just see my single life as a time waiting for something else. Knobbe covers it all- from marriage, children, sexuality, money, career, and much more with an anecdotal, as well as scriptural based perspective and sums it up with suggested action steps. Completely refreshing read!
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I enjoyed the word of wisdom and encouraging perspective of the authors. The information was well thought out and we'll written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I rally appreciated the information on hope at the end of the book. This book is very useful for Singles.
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