Joy Beth Smith is not married, but she wants to be. Her first book, Party of One, isn’t like most Christian books on singleness I’ve read, which were usually a married person’s success story of how to get through singleness and do it well. Instead, Smith offers an honest glimpse into the modern Christian single’s adventurous, confusing, and lonely world.
She offers more questions than answers, and more perspectives than her own. Smith reports from the trenches, weaving testimonials throughout her book, which she collected from Facebook polls and roundtable discussions of single women in a handful of different Christian hub cities like Chicago, Nashville, Dallas, and Lynchburg, VA.
Smith writes for Christian single women who have struggled with hearing unhelpful, unbiblical advice often given by well-meaning people in their churches. But married people also have a lot to glean from Party of One, myself included.
I married my husband one year ago, so I am not currently struggling with singleness. I’ve heard that mothers forget the pain of childbirth once they hold their beautiful new babies, and I believe this memory loss similarly affects many married people. I was single for most of my 20’s, and I can still remember some details, but reading Party of One helped me remember some of the common struggles and issues that singles face.
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