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Redeeming Singleness (Foreword by John Piper): How the Storyline of Scripture Affirms the Single Life [Kindle Edition]

Barry Danylak , John Piper
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Though marriage is highly esteemed throughout Scripture, the Bible also affirms singleness as an important calling for some Christians. Redeeming Singleness expounds a theology of singleness that shows how the blessings of the covenant are now directly mediated to believers through Christ.

Redeeming Singleness offers an in-depth examination of the redemptive history from which biblical singleness emerges. Danylak illustrates the continuity of this affirmation of singleness by showing how the Old Testament creation mandate and the New Testament kingdom mandate must both be understood in light of God’s plan of redemption through spiritual rebirth in Christ.

As the trend toward singleness in the church increases, the need for constructive theological reflection likewise grows. Redeeming Singleness meets this need, providing encouragement to those who are single or ministering to singles and challenging believers from all walks of life to reflect more deeply on the sufficiency of Christ.



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“Finally! I’ve been hoping and praying for a book like Redeeming Singleness for years. With insight and clarity, Danylak has presented profound biblical and theological truth that can revolutionize the church’s understanding and affirmation of singleness. This book is a gift to God’s people, and the impact could be nothing less than incredible. Read it and rejoice!”
Steve Brown, author, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel; host, Key Life 

“Immensely helpful! Amidst extremes of celibacy versus marriage in Christian traditions on the one hand and today’s proliferation of sexual noncommitment on the other, Danylak gives us a thorough-going biblical theology of singleness. He unfolds themes of marriage and singleness from both Old Testament and New Testament with essential, delightful applications for all of us.”
J. Scott Horrell, Professor of Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“Barry Danylak’s book on singleness is now the most thorough and helpful book on the subject. He treats directly the main difficulty in grasping the new covenant view—the strong Old Testament emphasis on procreation and its importance for establishing and carrying forward the old-covenant people. The change in the nature of the blessing of God for the human race that comes with the new covenant is the key new perspective for understanding Christian singleness, a perspective too often missed in discussions of singleness and voluntary celibacy in the Christian life. Danylak’s careful exegesis sustains his overarching view well.”
Stephen B. Clark, Director of Research (retired), National Secretariat of the Cursillo Movement; author, Building Christian Communities

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“Finally! I’ve been hoping and praying for a book like Redeeming Singleness for years. With insight and clarity, Danylak has presented profound biblical and theological truth that can revolutionize the church’s understanding and affirmation of singleness. This book is a gift to God’s people, and the impact could be nothing less than incredible. Read it and rejoice!”
Steve Brown, Host, Key Life Radio Program; author, Three Free Sins: God Isn't Mad At You 

“Immensely helpful! Amidst extremes of celibacy versus marriage in Christian traditions on the one hand and today’s proliferation of sexual noncommitment on the other, Danylak gives us a thorough-going biblical theology of singleness. He unfolds themes of marriage and singleness from both Old Testament and New Testament with essential, delightful applications for all of us.”
J. Scott Horrell, Professor of Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“Barry Danylak’s book on singleness is now the most thorough and helpful book on the subject. He treats directly the main difficulty in grasping the new covenant view—the strong Old Testament emphasis on procreation and its importance for establishing and carrying forward the old-covenant people. The change in the nature of the blessing of God for the human race that comes with the new covenant is the key new perspective for understanding Christian singleness, a perspective too often missed in discussions of singleness and voluntary celibacy in the Christian life. Danylak’s careful exegesis sustains his overarching view well.”
Stephen B. Clark, Director of Research (retired), National Secretariat of the Cursillo Movement; author, Building Christian Communities

“Barry Danylak not only presents a deeply penetrating study of the New Testament teaching on singleness but also shows how this teaching fits the entire storyline of the Bible. Far from being a book just for single people, Redeeming Singleness demonstrates how marriage and the single life give a complementary witness to the gospel in the modern world. This is a hugely important and timely book for all Christians.”
Daniel Keating, Associate Professor of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

“Barry Danylak's work has been a great help to me in understanding the distinctive role of singleness in God's new-covenant people. His writing provides a clear framework of biblical theology, which I found deeply valuable for drawing together the intuitions I had about the meaning of singleness. There is much that the church as a whole, and not just single people, can learn from this.”
Lydia Jaeger, Academic Dean, Institut Biblique de Nogent-sur-Marne

“I like the way Danylak methodically and progressively turns over pieces of the biblical jigsaw and assembles them to reveal a thoughtful perspective on marriage and procreation. From the New Testament he firmly grasps the nettle of exegetically difficult passages, and with reference to the cultural influences brings a redemptive perspective to singleness for the contemporary world.”
John D. Wilson, Missiologist and mentor (Southeast Asia), World Team

“In this long overdue review of the biblical stance on singleness, Danylak looks at the biblical attitudes with great care and manages to affirm both marriage and the gift of singleness. Working through the in-depth analysis will bear much fruit for those looking at this issue on a personal level or seeking to teach or advise on a pastoral level.”
Jeremy Sewell, Pastor, Slough Baptist Church, Berkshire, UK


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  • Publisher: Crossway Books (September 1, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Foundational Book for All Concerned with Family Values September 30, 2010
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As a former singles pastor, I can say unequivocally that this is the most helpful book a single Christian can read. It is not a practical, how-to guide; nor a shallow self-esteem booster. It radically reorients how we think about singleness so that it is shaped by the WHOLE of the Bible (not a verses plucked out of the Bible that happen to mention singleness). This book is deep, provocative, nuanced, and thus transformative.

Might I also add that I pray this book has broader influence than simply "Christian singles." In an era where Focus on the Family and Family Values have become synonymous with Christian thinking, this book shapes our whole thinking on family in light of the wider narrative of Scripture. It is the first shout in a cry for us to begin thinking deeply and biblically about family/marriage/children/etc.

Danylak's thesis was first published in England and was also utilized in a sermon by John Piper. I also had the opportunity to hear one of Danylak's first lectures on this issue. As a result, I have been waiting for this book for a long time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of One in Biblical Narratives October 9, 2010
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Even if you could find and enroll in a seminary course on "A Theology of Singleness" -- you might not get such a comprehensive and well-integrated look at Scriptural understandings of being single. Here, in one volume, is a graduate-level education in the power of one, viewed through the lens of God's interaction with human persons --- one person at a time.

So often singles tend to feel incomplete, less-than, or as if they are missing some key qualities that would make them valuable to the community of faith. Here, in clear Scriptural language and readable prose, is a cogent argument that singles are healthy, whole, well, Biblical and valued by God in His comprehensive plans for human life.

This book is a gift to the 21st-century church, west and east.

Dr. David Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Del Mar, California
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Like the Sam Cooke song - "A Change gonna come", this book arrives at a great point of potential change in the best direction for the Evangelical church. Barry Danylak does a great job of highlighting and taking apart the foundational issues in a clear, Biblical way that is accessible to most any reader. Drawing the historical-redemptive line from Adam through the OT transitions and preparation to the break-out of the Church in the NT to today, Danylak connects the dots and spells it out in detail. He shows how singleness is just as valid a life situation as marriage for a Christian, if not more so, seen from the perspective of eternity.

With more singles than ever in both the church and secular society, the time has come for many to rethink the overfocus on the family over the past 30+ years. It's time for single-friendly churches to be a positive witness for hope, real community and a full life, married or single alike and serving together. Christian singles are such a large resource for the wise pastor and elder to encourage and promote, people with the most time, treasure and talent at hand. May we get more books like this one to push the church back on the right track. Thanks for your work on this, Barry!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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OK, so I gave it five stars because it is the first decent book on this subject that I have come across in 40+ years. It is a biblical theology but doesn't get overly technical. I think it is a great discussion of the topic of singleness. It is also a great reminder to the church that, in spite of the fact that your mother wants grandkids, it really is ok to be single. It also is refreshing that the author presents this discussion without attacking marriage (or the desire of most single people to be married).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Though I kissed dating books goodbye, I was captivated by this gem because it is thoroughly theological at heart. This is not a dating book. This is not a how-to book for singles. This is not about praying for your future spouse. In other words, Redeeming Singleness is unlike anything I've ever read. And as a single woman in her 20s who was raised in the church- HALLELUJAH!

"In an age in which evangelical Christianity has been strongly identified with the politically active 'family values movement,' Jesus' statements in reference to family relationships sometimes seem surprising" (166). Growing up in the church, singleness was often considered more of a holding tank for people until they get married, in the sort of way that unemployment is a holding tank for people looking for a job. It was only when someone went a substantial number of years without being married, people said that person "had the gift of singleness" (which barely sounds like a gift at all.)

However, in Redeeming Singleness, while recognizing the tremendous value and blessing of the God-glorifying call to marriage and family in the Church, Barry Danylak also highlights the tremendous value and blessing of the God-glorifying call to singleness as presented by a painstakingly detailed walk through the Bible.

Danylak does not merely provide his personal opinions with a few scattered verses to support his thesis. Neither does he cite sociological or psychological studies for his argument. Instead, he starts "in the beginning" with Adam and Eve and the creation of the nuclear family. He then examines God's covenants to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God's promises, commands, and curses at Mt. Sinai; and God's renewed covenant to David.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Affirmative. Persuasive. Encouraging. A Must-Read Book.
This volume is neither a "self-help" nor a "how-to" book. It is not a cultural analysis of what it means to be an unmarried person in a 21st century western... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Darrell Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Danylyk will change your viewpoint of singleness. Both married &...
Wonderfully Biblically researched, Danylyk goes to the heart of scripture to dispel myths that marriage is a qualification for fulfillment. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shannon Buckner
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful thorough treatment
Really appreciated how in depth this book works over the key passages but also how our Biblical theology should inform us on this issue. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marcus Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars From Old to New Testament eunuchs: Blessings accessed through Jesus,...
Amazing walk through the Word of God/Bible, validating singleness. In fact, this man of God did what we should have all done, study the word of God on the matter. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Elonga
5.0 out of 5 stars How Jesus Redeems Singleness
I am single, and a follower of Jesus. I can easily feel like that means I am playing the second fiddle, not fully initiate or functionally important until I get myself a family. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Affirming and Encouraging -- highly recommended
Barry Danylak carefully unfolds the truth of Scripture to reveal a message often ignored in today's church: That a life of singleness, whether by choice or not, can be purposeful... Read more
Published on February 27, 2011 by Marcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Biblically faithful food-for-thought
Although I did not read every word of Redeeming Singleness, I did skim it thoroughly before passing it along to a friend for her review. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by E. Hankins
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