Recently I had the opportunity to read Savoring Single by Shelley Black, and it as very encouraging! I wanted to share my thoughts with you all today and encourage you, if you are a single girl, or know a single girl who would benefit from this message, to go check out the book! Let’s get on to the review!
Summary/description from Amazon:
Why savoring single? Because you were meant to enjoy it!
Finding purpose, knowing love, and experiencing adventure aren’t reserved solely for the married girls! You can enjoy a full and vibrant life even while being single. It’s also a perfect time to partner with what God wants to develop in you through this once-in-a-lifetime part of your journey! Girl, being single is okay. There is a purpose for it, and it won’t last forever. So savor it!
Savoring Single was very encouraging from the beginning. It was full of stories from Shelley’s life, without being too personal and oversharing. (To me, it’s a bit odd when authors share a bit *too* much about their personal life, you know?) It was also full of Truths from God’s Word and inspiration for single girls. The book is filled with practical and applicable advice for how to fulfill the longing in your heart to be loved and to be in a romantic relationship, as well as how to live this season to the fullest and make the most of it! I appreciate how thorough this book was.
One part of the book that was really encouraging to me was when Shelley talked about your relationship with Christ. She compared needing Christ to needing water for our health. Here’s what she said:
“My body craves Dr. Pepper. It really does. The crisp, cold, sweet and
refreshing taste is unmatched by any other soda. Of course, this is merely
my opinion, but one I hold at high esteem. But even though my body
craves Dr. Pepper it needs water. Your life may be craving a boyfriend, a
best friend, a new job, a fresh start…but what it really needs is a deeper
relationship with God.”
A few paragraphs later, she continues,
“Needing God is like needing water. His presence satisfies like no
other. His Word is true. His love sustains your very life. These remain true,
no matter our season or circumstance. You may want Dr. Pepper but you
need water. You may want to be dating but you need His presence. Soon
what you need will become what you crave and emptiness will give way to
being completely satisfied in Him.” (emphasis mine)
A key point that I took away from this book, was that our desire to be loved and to have a relationship is a normal part of us as humans, but our desires will never be satisfied in anything/anyone outside of Jesus Christ. In every season of life, we’ll long for other things, but what we really need is Jesus.
Here are a few more quotes that were very encouraging to me.
“Our purpose is not to get married, to have kids, get a good education or
establish a great career. Our purpose isn’t to make a lot of money or to
be a good Christian. Our purpose is to know God and to live out of that
relationship.” (emphasis mine)
“But contrary to cultural perception, to pursue love is to pursue love itself,
not romance or affection. Love according to the Word of God begins first
in relationship with God. Then it flows through us and into others.” (emphasis mine)
“You can’t rush the foundation.
You can’t skip past the curing and maturing time. You can’t add it after all
the other things you prefer more. He’s got to be first and He’s got to have
“How you live single
matters just as much as how you will live married!”
I do want to mention one thing I personally disliked about the book. All the verses quoted were in the Message, The Passion Translation, or New Living Translation, which can be very different from other older versions of God’s Word. While I understand that these versions can be helpful to new believers and people who have a hard time understanding Scripture, and I get why Shelley used them in the book, I really love how the other versions (such as TS2009, KJV/NKJV, WEB, and others) have more accuracy and are more like the older versions of God’s Word, with less things changed/added/taken away. Now, keep in mind that this is simply my opinion and I am in no way trying to put down the author, or these versions of God’s Word! Further, this isn’t a huge issue that would turn me off from reading or recommending it, but I just wanted to add this since this is a review with my honest thoughts. 😉
To sum it up, this book was super encouraging for me in my singleness, and I know that if you’re a single girl, you’ll be encoruaged as well!! I hope you enjoyed this review and will go check out Shelley’s amazing book!
About The Author:
Shelley Black has journeyed through being single longer than she expected and has since found joy, hope and purpose from a once begrudged season. She now challenges the status quo of what it means to be single as a modern-day Christian female, with a passion to infuse hope and restore joy to every single-girl heart. Shelley is a loving momma to her pup Lucy, is one proud “T” to six nieces and nephews and serves her local church in North Mississippi as the worship leader. Find her at www.savoringsingle.com and across social media at SavoringSingle.
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