Singles at the Crossroads

Singles at the Crossroads Nearly half of today s adult population is unmarried But most churches emphasize marriage and family leaving many Christian singles feeling like marginalized second class citizens Many suspect they

  • Title: Singles at the Crossroads
  • Author: Albert Y. Hsu
  • ISBN: 9780830813537
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nearly half of today s adult population is unmarried But most churches emphasize marriage and family, leaving many Christian singles feeling like marginalized, second class citizens Many suspect they would be acceptable to the church and God if they settled down and got married Albert Hsu challenges this point of view Christian singles need neither how Nearly half of today s adult population is unmarried But most churches emphasize marriage and family, leaving many Christian singles feeling like marginalized, second class citizens Many suspect they would be acceptable to the church and God if they settled down and got married Albert Hsu challenges this point of view Christian singles need neither how to books for meeting the perfect mate nor trite advice on suffering through the single life What is lacking is a truly Christian understanding of singleness what it means to be single and Christian Hsu suggests that a balanced, biblical view is one that honors singleness as a status equal to marriage Moving beyond pat answers, this book debunks the myth of the gift of singleness works through issues of discerning God s will as a single explains why searching for the right one can be misguided and even unbiblical grapples with loneliness, aloneness, community, dating and sex gives practical guidance for temptations singles face and provides questions for individual or group study.

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    1. I've never read, let alone SEEN, a book that writes about singleness in this way. Usually I see book after book written by well-coiffed white women writing about "How to Enjoy the Single Life" or "Jesus as our Ultimate Husband" or "How to Get a Guy" which are all noble topics and are very important, I believe to the single life of a Christian. The third topic less vital. But this book is written by an Asian dude, who remains faceless due to no picture. Not that race or gender have much to do wit [...]

    2. Hsu’s purpose in this book is to address an issue that he does feel has been adequately treated in Christian History. Previous treatments have often had distorted or fluctuating views of what it means to be single in a Christian context (ch.2). Also, at the present time, marriage and family is an exceptionally popular topic among Christian authors (10). Perhaps ignored in all that emphasis is a practical theology for the rest, the unmarried and those who do not live in families. What book is t [...]

    3. Hsu’s treatment of singleness is readable, thoughtful, and practical. He writes as a single person to all of us. (The appendix may be the most helpful part of this book. See end of this review for comments.)You can get a feel for the book from the chapter titles. (A sentence synopsis and evaluation follows each chapter.)Introduction: Why This Book?1. Where Singles Are Today? (Published in 1997, the statistics here are woefully out of date.)2. A Brief History of Singleness (A helpful historical [...]

    4. I came across this book at a thrift store for a dollar. Unlike most books for Christian singles, it looked positive and not centered around how to get married ASAP, so I gave it a chance, and am so glad I did. This is an affirming look at what the Bible really says about singleness. It upholds singleness as an EQUALLY valid and valued state to marriage, debunking the common message that you're a second-class citizen in the Church until you're married. Hsu also takes apart the myth that some are [...]

    5. Wow--I was totally not expecting to enjoy this book so much! This book is an extremely well balanced beginners' guide to developing a stronger personal theology of singleness. It rightly identifies popular lies (not just the superficial ones), it gives a broader historical perspective on the topic, and gives good ministerial ideas for singles.

    6. Had some helpful information regarding common myths/things people say about being single (such as it's a "gift" or God has someone special picked out just for you). I skimmed a lot of it. It's a bit dated and some of what the author argues is questionable and a lot is kind of common sense stuff. It did give me a better handle I think on how to approach singleness and be better able to know what to say when someone speaks to me about being single, but it wasn't as helpful as I was hoping it would [...]

    7. Non-fiction about Christian singlehood. I don't know, this book didn't really thrill me. I guess some points were good, like the repeated message that being single is good, just like being married is good; they each have their own benefits and problems. But other parts were not particularly helpful, like the section on loneliness, although I think I've heard some of the same advice before. And some of Hsu's advice just wasn't practical in my case. And, this is really petty of me, but I hate the [...]

    8. Oddly enough this book about singles contained great stuff for those in relationships, about to get married, newlywed, or for those married for awhile. But I do recommend it to singles. It has some great advice in it.And the advice isn't good, not like the typical cheese ball dating advice most singles books try to give.So I recommend this to anyone. Its worth reading. May not be the most riveting book you read, but it has some good wisdom.

    9. This is a great book for anyone who is navigating being single in the church and for married people and church leaders (most of whom are married) who need to relate to singles in their congregations. Hsu helps debunk misconceptions and falsehoods about marriage, romance, solitude, and "the gift of singleness" and provides positive, healthy ways to view both singleness and marriage in the church. Highly recommended.

    10. It's okay to be single. It's refreshing to hear this.With SO much emphasis on "family values" in the church (and a somewhat twisted perception that people who are not living the life of a happy couple with picket fence and dog named spot are missing out on something) it's refreshing to know that a devout Christian states repeatedly that being single is okay.

    11. Living wholesome lives is possible if you are single. Hsu encourages singles to find their first identification in the relationship with God and serving Him into the community of the body of Christ. If and when God sends someone along as a partner is secondary. Trying to seek fullfillment outside of God and church binom may lead to idolize marriage or place a false security in it.

    12. Quite the interesting read on how Singleness is not a bad thing, just a temporary state before marriage, or that it doesn't offer any advantages in itself.

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