Party of One: Truth, Longing, and the Subtle Art of Singleness

February 9, 2018 - Comment

“This book is bold and strong and unapologetic. Unflinching, even. Joy Beth doesn’t back down from those hard conversations that need to be happening, not just in our churches but in our small groups, our social circles, our relationships.” —Mandy Hale, creator of The Single Woman and New York Times bestselling author Did you enter adulthood

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“This book is bold and strong and unapologetic. Unflinching, even. Joy Beth doesn’t back down from those hard conversations that need to be happening, not just in our churches but in our small groups, our social circles, our relationships.” —Mandy Hale, creator of The Single Woman and New York Times bestselling author

Did you enter adulthood thinking marriage would naturally find you, only to end up at a second-cousin’s wedding, dodging yet another bouquet the night before you turned thirty? Maybe you’ve started wondering, is this the best the single life has to offer? Joy Beth Smith says it’s not. The single life doesn’t have to be the runner-up version of God’s best. It doesn’t have to leave you constantly waiting for “real life” to begin. Party of One offers a trade: let go of the tired lies weighing you down and turn toward truth. Understand that:

You don’t have to be married to be wise. You don’t have to be a mother to have supernatural love. You don’t have to own a home to be hospitable.Singleness is not meant to be pitied, shamed, fixed, or even ignored. It is to be celebrated.God doesn’t promise you a husband, but he does promise comfort, intimacy, and satisfaction.

With humor, self-awareness, and been-there perspective, Party of One delves into the insecurities and struggles of singleness and encourages you to find the good, the true, and the beautiful, to dive headfirst into community, and to stop pressing pause on a life you never expected.

Comments

Read Yourself to Sleep says:

so I pretty much missed out on being a single adult The title and blurb will probably lead you to think this book is for single women only, and I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. While Smith writes with the single female audience in mind, there is wisdom and truth to be gleaned here by everyone who chances across these pages. I’ve been with my husband since I was 20 and married since 22, so I pretty much missed out on being a single adult, and I found Party of One to be incredibly relatable and inspirational.I’ve been a fan of…

Maggie R says:

Brilliant, Witty, Formidable—Everything a woman should be. After reading Party of One, I couldn’t help but wonder if Joy Beth had been creeping on my text messages like some faceless government agent to pull material for her book. Her Jake is my Luke, her fears of being intimidating and feeling too much are ones I’ve expressed countlessly to my own merry band of ladies—heck, I even texted my best friends two weeks ago asking just that: why haven’t I dated before and what is there in me that repels men/keeps me from finding love? I am only twenty-three,…

Jordan T. says:

Single, married, or in-between: this book is for you. Culture has taught us that life only begins once you get married and have babies– a thing that doesn’t always happen for everyone. What about those of us left single in our 30s, 40s, and beyond– do our lives not have worth because we don’t have a partner? I’d disagree.Joy Beth dismantles this lie and many others about singleness, marriage, and sexuality in Party of One. Using wisdom, a brilliant sense of humor, and Biblical truths, Joy Beth’s uses her personal been-there…

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