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

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 0718094050
ISBN-13: 9780718094058

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Author Bio

Joy Beth Smith is a managing editor with Christianity Today and winner of the Evangelical Press Association's Higher Goals in Christian Journalism Award. She’s been published in the Washington Post, Salt Lake Tribune, Virginian Pilot, and Christ and Pop Culture. After earning her MA degree in English Lit, Joy Beth had a brief stint as a teacher, but now she happily resides in the Chicagoland area, where she no longer has to give anyone permission to go to the bathroom.

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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.

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  1. Carissa Joy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great start to a new conversation on singleness
    February 9, 2018
    Carissa Joy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With courage and humor, Joy Beth Smith continues an important conversation about singleness in the church in a disarmingly honest manner.

    This book is aimed squarely at a specific person (or at least, it's about a specific person): women who are single, have a desire to be married, and grew up in a faith system that left them with questions or misconceptions about dating, sex, and marriage. Those individuals (or someone wanting to learn more about how to interact with those individuals) will love this book. Joy Beth is not afraid of contradicting conventional wisdom in favor of new perspectives, and she brings to light many of the issues with Christian singleness that haven't been talked about enough.

    Hopefully this book is the beginning or continuation of many conversations about this topic.
  2. HW
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The book on singleness youve been waiting for
    February 6, 2018
    HW
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the book Ive been waiting for on singleness. Its not your typical Wait on the Lord, he has good things for you book for singles with trite responses and half-hearted promises. Its a book that wrestles with truth and heartache in a raw, real way, that hit on the pain and joy in a way I cant express, and that inspired me in a way I never expected.

    A hard truth to wrestle with is the reality that marriage is not a biblical promise. It is a gift, and one I hope to someday enjoy. But its not a promise or guarantee, though often we treat it as such. Single or married, I want to celebrate the life God has given me.

    We need to offer singles something better than empty promises. And I love how Joy Beth Smith articulates those things so beautifully in her book. Do yourself a favor and go get it. It deserves a place on your bookshelf and in your life.
  3. Tory
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book read like you're having a conversation with a close friend who is cheering you on to celebrate the life you have.
    February 6, 2018
    Tory
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In my experience, a lot of books on singleness feel stale and outdated and it is a breath of fresh air to find one that feels relatable (and is funny! and fun to read!). It reads like you're having a conversation with a close friend at your favorite coffeeshop. Joy Beth's writing invites you to the table with hilarious confessions of her personal experiences that make you feel truly welcomed. Her enthusiasm cheers you on to push past your frustrations and disappointments so you can begin to celebrate and enjoy the life you have; however unexpected it may be.
  4. Carrie Beth Davis
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is the book I've been waiting for. It's the book YOU'VE been waiting for.
    February 6, 2018
    Carrie Beth Davis
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Are you single with ALL THE THOUGHTS on singleness? Married but wanting to know how to love your single friends better? In church leadership with not the slightest clue how to minister to the growing number of singles in your congregation? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this book is for you!

    Joy Beth wrestles with the topics that so many are scared to touch singleness, sexuality, dating, and the church. She doesnt shy away from talking about the hard things like the pain singles often face when looking unfulfilled desires squarely in the face or the lies we believeand have been told our whole livesabout singleness. She tackles these topics with grace, wisdom, humor, and tons of stories that had me nodding my head, breathing deep sighs of relief, and starring huge chunks of text with AMEN! or Yesssss!!! written in all the margins.

    While this book may be geared toward the female single experience, I think it is a book of value and worth to be read by all peoplemen AND women, single AND married. Its not just a fluffy read or pat on the back. Its truth and grit and wisdom. Its a theology of singleness that I can finally get behind.

    You and me? The Church? We desperately need this book.
  5. Jordan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Single, Married, or In between: we all need this book.
    February 6, 2018
    Jordan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 experiences of singleness to break down the lies and insecurities of singleness as a Christ follower--where singleness is barely looked at as anything other than a stepping stone to marriage and "real-life."

    Our lives don't begin when we're married-we can have the life we've dreamed of now, with or without a mate. Joy Beth's book helps us see past the lies we've been told and live the life we're called to right now.

    This book is SO needed. In the church, in our communities, in the world. Married people, clergy, single people-- we all need this book. I needed this book, desperately.

    Let's stop treating singleness like it's a disease to cure, and let's start valuing singleness as something more than an in-between stage where we wait for life to begin.

    It's already begun, married or not.
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