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As a  bestselling author, speaker, singer and television host, Michelle McKinney Hammond has authored over 40 books (selling over two million copies worldwide) including best-selling titles The Diva Principle, Sassy, Single and Satisfied, Secrets of An Irresistible Woman and 101 Ways To Get and Keep His Attention. Michelle's passion is to give relevant and workable solutions to people's questions through solid and effective principles that will help her audience navigate through the journey of life and reach the  ultimate destination of living and loving to their fullest potential. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; English Language edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785263292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785263296
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Generally, I am not a person that likes self-help books; I find them to be boring, long winded, and not worth the effort. But, this book is different. It's interesting, funny, and easy to understand.

Because I'm single and almost thirty I'm constantly reminded by family/friends of my single status. I developed a of stress and self-doubt. This book helped me focus on the important things in a Christians life and to know that my single status is not a curse, but a blessing.I found out that the thing I thirst for is not marriage, but a better relationship wiith God.

In no way is this a "stay single forever" book, but an "enjoy where you are now book." I felt that both satisfied, but also open and anticipating a human husband.

If you're single, stressed, and confused this is a good book to read. It will help you see the importance of your single life and look forward to the blessings to come.

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I liked the way it was written, kind of like a conversation. It was easy to see both Holly's & Michelle's views - which complimented each other. It helped me to regain perspective on being single and that it really isn't all that bad. I know that God wants a more intimate relationship with me, and I am honored that I get to be only His. Thank you Holly & Michelle for your encouragement and sometimes a "slap back to reality".
I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles with being single. This book covers all the bases and is very straight forward. The honesty and openness of these two ladies is very encouraging and helpful.
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If you are single and struggling with your feelings, you should read this book. It's well-written with great humor, and it changes your perspective.
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Very good book. Loved every word of it, & I highly recommend it! :) anyone who is single, I definitely urge you to take a look at this book :)
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If the cheesy "sassy-sis-whackin'-you-upside-the-head" tone of this book doesn't make you sick, the outmoded "gift of singleness" theme probably will.

Assisted handily by McKinney-Hammond, Virden self-flagellates about her struggle with being grateful for her singleness, a "gift" she admits she'd rather exchange for marriage. A few years after this book is published, it turns out to be in vain -- singleness isn't a gift after all. At least, not biblically speaking. The New Living Translation they quote from has since taken the "gift of singleness" out of their version of 1 Cor 7:7! What's more, it was never meant to be a reference to ALL singleness, wanted or not -- only to those who are, as Christ said in Matthew 19, "so given to be able to receive this teaching" to "make themselves eunuchs", or rather, CHOOSE to remain single, for the sake of doing kingdom work. In other words, we can stop bashing each over the head with the notion that all singleness is a gift and leave it those who want to forfeit marriage for the sake of the kingdom to receive Christ's endorsement of the single life.

Christians of the past never considered circumstantial singleness to be a "gift", least of all prolonged singleness. It's a modern term coined by modern bible editors that has unfortunately led to a whole genre of books for singles that, like this one, join with the reader in commiserating about how their involuntary singleness makes them suffer -- and then admonish them for their lack of contentment! It's one thing to learn to be content in your circumstances as exemplified by Paul, and quite another to call that which causes suffering a gift, which the Bible never does.
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