Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church

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Brazos Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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Authors Christine Colón 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 walks down the aisle.

In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience--and that of an increasing number of Christians. Rejecting overly simplistic messages from the church about "waiting for marriage," they 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.

Thoughtful and accessible, Singled Out is an invaluable voice of realistic encouragement for any single as well as an important tool for church leaders and others concerned with mission and ministry for singles.
 

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User Review  - barbara - Christianbook.com

An excellent book, very encouraging. The authors do not shy away from tackling difficult yet pertinent questions that are being quietly asked by a mature single person. Read full review

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This is a subject in which I have developed a great deal of interest. I am a christian and single. The book deals with questions I have regarding the way single Christians are viewed by the ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Negative Secular Views
21
Positive Secular Views of Celibacy
37
Positive Christian Views of Celibacy
54
Negative Christian Views of Celibacy
77
Dangerous Messages about Sexual
99
Dangerous Messages about
122
Views of Celibacy in Scripture
149
Views of Celibacy in the Churchs Past
172
Views of Celibacy in Contemporary
201
Where Do We Go from Here?
223
Bibliography
234
Notes
245
Index
254
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Christine A. Colón (PhD, 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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