Now through February 15, the ebook of Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today’s Church by Christine A. Colón and Bonnie E. Field is only $2.99 (80% off) from the following participating retailers:
Christianity Today 2010 Book Award Winner
“Colón and Field unravel the cultural messages that inform our common response to the wordcelibacy. The deliberate pace they take in exploring the topic–as researchers who care for the church–is what sets their book apart. . . . The authors begin by taking us on a rollicking ride through the messages about marriage, sex, and celibacy–both positive and negative–that issue from secular media and the church. They then turn our attention to Scripture, theology, and church tradition, all of which suggest that Jesus’ singleness is a lens through which he displayed a radical transition between the old covenant and the new. . . . A narrative canvas like this gives Christian celibates a lively and important picture to paint, and reading Colón and Field’s words inspires hope. . . . [They] contend that a full embodiment of our Creator’s love clearly holds a place for men and women who live chastely and are celibate. Celibates are not cut off, but are uniquely positioned to give life. This is enough zest to give a single person energy and wings. Colón and Field’s positive engagement of this topic opens the sash for further discussion.”
—Christianity Today 5-Star Review
“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 Colón 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
In Singled Out, Colon and Field reflect on their experience—and that of an increasing number of Christians—as they try to reconcile God’s plan for their lives with the messages they receive about singleness from the world around them. From the secular world and the evangelical church, they are bombarded with negative images of celibacy. Here, Colon and Field explore a deeper understanding of celibacy that affirms singles’ decisions to be sexually pure, acknowledges their struggles, and recognizes their importance in the church community.
Thoughtful and compelling, Singled Out combines references to popular culture, theology, history, literature, and anecdotes from the authors’ lives. It 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.