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Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church Paperback – June 1, 2009
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Christine Colon and Bonnie Field thought that by a certain age they would each be married. But they watched that age come and go--and still no walk down the aisle. In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience and that of an increasing number of Christians. From the secular world and the evangelical church, singles are bombarded with negative images of celibacy. Here, Colon and Field explore a deeper understanding of celibacy that affirms singles' decision to be sexually pure, acknowledges their struggles, and recognizes their importance in the church community.
"This book should be required reading for every adult Christian not yet (and perhaps never to be) married. Use it as an antidote to others' expectations for your life. I love how Colon and Field have resurrected St. Paul's teaching to the church in Corinth--that marriage, family, and singleness are all callings from God, and that ultimately, following Christ trumps them all."--Jon M. Sweeney, author of Cloister Talks: Learning from My Friends the Monks
"Finally--a whole book dedicated to redeeming and reclaiming celibacy for people aged 30 and beyond! Colon and Field offer a refreshing critique of stilted messages in the media and in our churches and call us to challenge assumptions that one needs to be married to be a happy, well-adjusted contributor to society. I recommend it to anyone (married or not) wanting to take singleness and celibacy seriously."--Lisa Graham McMinn, George Fox University, author of Sexuality and Holy Longing: Embracing Intimacy in a Broken World
"Colon and Field let the issue of abstinence graduate from the youth group and move on to the sanctuary and the bedroom, the pages of church history, and the screens of our current entertainment media. I'm so grateful they acknowledge that honest, intelligent conversation about singles and sexuality requires not just three simple words--'just say no,' 'true love waits'--but more words like those found on the 256 pages they've thoughtfully penned here."--Camerin Courtney, senior editor of Today's Christian Woman and author of Table for One
About the Author
Christine A. Colón (Ph.D., University of California at Davis) is associate professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She has published articles in Women's Writing, Renascence, and Brontë Studies as well as in several volumes of collected essays. Bonnie E. Field is an educational consultant and curriculum specialist who lives in Dallas, Georgia. She has also taught English at Arizona College of the Bible and Wayland Baptist University.
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The plusses of this book include: I was extremely impressed by the authors' research; it was extensive! I was impressed by their willingness to share the pain they have experienced at the hands of other Christians. This is quite a comprehensive book in 250 pages.
The minuses of this book are: They spend a little too long in lamenting what is wrong (wrong attitudes and behavior in churches toward singles) before getting to their proposed solutions, which doesn't come until the last third of the book, and was the part I was really interested in so that I can be a more loving Christian brother. And, I think they let Focus on the Family off a little too easy.
My prayer is that this book will be widely read and widely heeded by Christians who truly desire the church to be the place where all are welcomed into God's family and not shunned.
This book is mostly about sex which I wasn't anticipating but found to be helpful in understanding the issues that face singleness.
I found the end of the book to fall flatter than the opening. It could have been shorter toward the end as messages began to be repeated. The application and solution to the future of the church and singleness were general and relatively uncreative but well worth the read.
The book is really a start on a way forward with still quite a ways to go before God' family reflects the population and not primarily the nuclear family. I hope to read several of the books that the authors mentioned positively as I continue on the journey to be a healthy and whole over-40 single. There is more in the book about history, theology, and current experience than "what to do in the future", partly because honestly what God's family is called to be is something yet to be fully discovered and embraced.
There were a couple of sections of the book (both modern and historical) that I that would have benefited from being more concise.
One last note... I read a complaint in another review on Amazon that in effect accuses the authors of making older singles feel bad if they still seek a spouse. I respectfully disagree. I don't find this anywhere in the text and I must confess I certainly would have noticed it because, frankly, it would have upset me because I still seek one.