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Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended

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Tired of feeling sorry for yourself? Sick of answering the same old questions about why you still haven’t found your perfect match?

Despite what many people think, singleness is not a disease. It’s not the lesser option. Singleness is God’s gift to you today.

In Thrive, Lina AbuJamra – who has been single for over 40 years - will show you how you can make a difference with y
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Moody Publishers
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Jason Custer
May 05, 2013 Jason Custer rated it it was ok
As a single Christian, I wanted to like this book - I really did. But after finishing it, I honestly can't give it more than 3-3.5 stars. Here's my reasoning:


1) The book does a great job of diagnosing the difficulties with singleness: loneliness, self-pity, self-control, contentment, etc. It hit the nail on several areas that I have wrestled with and didn't pull any punches in revealing them. Commendable.

2) Lina was able to adequately diagnose singleness because she knows it well herself (4
Suzanne M
May 05, 2013 Suzanne M rated it really liked it
Finally a book for single adult Christians who struggle with daily living and living for God. I found a book I could relate to. The author struggles with the same issues I do. "You are not living plan B."
"Stop telling yourself your life would be easier if you were married".. I used to think like that.

I found the book challenging to my walk. I highly recommend it.
Linda Parker
Oct 11, 2014 Linda Parker rated it it was amazing
Awesome book-challenging but exactly the kind of book you need to read. She doesn't soothe you over or tell you it's ok but causes you to realize God's bar is much higher and none of us are there yet-and what does that look like for the single Christian
Jul 31, 2015 Melanie rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Thrive was a nice nonfiction read. I liked how real the author was and that you could really connect with what she was saying. While I didn't agree with everything she said, I did enjoy the book and liked reading it.

**I received a complimentary e-copy via NetGalley for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
Nov 05, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
In Thrive, Lina Abujamra opened candidly about her struggles with being single in her forties and she hasn’t been married and doesn’t have any children. She also ended an engagement so she understands the pain in going through that. She has written this book to encourage believers that they can still thrive and live for God even if they are single. She begins the book by admitting 1 Corinthians 7 was tough reading and she resisted to look as being single a gift given by God. There are a few ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
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I think this is a unique book in the market of books for Christian singles. I haven't read many of them, but I think most emphasize a kind of waiting and becoming - trusting the Lord for a spouse while cultivating the attributes and skills of a godly spouse. I'm not saying those are not good things. However, that attitude can become difficult/problematic if the decades keep rolling by and one is still single. At some point, preparation is probably sufficient and dwelling on the desire for a ...more
Jerusha Agen
Nov 02, 2013 Jerusha Agen rated it it was amazing
This life-changing book is NOT just for singles--it's for every Christian who wants to live a more holy and God-centered life. AbuJamra's energetic, transparent writing style is incredibly easy to read, making this book a breeze to sail through while being challenged and inspired. Never dry or boring, AbuJamra's prose exudes wit and a blunt humor that had me laughing out loud.

AbuJamra speaks directly to singles when she show them the biblical perspective of singleness, and the importance of taki
Apr 16, 2015 Allie rated it it was amazing
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This is the first book on singleness that I haven't wanted to throw at the wall. As a Christian who is single, I typically avoid books on singleness. Many books on the subject talk about waiting on God's timing for marriage and how to prepare so that you are ready when Mr. Right comes along. This author focuses on how to thrive in your singleness. She reminds us that single does NOT mean second-best, that God uses single people in His body and in the lives of others. Although the book contains a ...more
May 22, 2014 Joan rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. It may be the best on being a single Christian I've ever read. The author is very honest, revealing her own struggles and unanswered questions. She goes through I Cor. 7 with biblical honesty I have not seen in a long time. She reaffirms that the single is not half of a whole. Each and every Christian is made whole in Christ. The author is in her 40s and still single so this book is good for middle ages singles too. A very practical book, I highly recommend it.
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Aug 14, 2013 Coyora Dokusho rated it liked it
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In compliance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. (i.e. DESTINY wants me to read this book.)

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I'm going to update my review as I read the book!! Why? Because it's fun~

8/13/2013 9:55 PM

I'm getting a lot out of this book (and I'm a pagan Daoist Zen Buddhist Russian Orthodox Catholic, so it's not just for the cookie-cutter Christian~). Looking forward to reading the rest. First rating: 3 s
Sep 10, 2013 Marianne rated it really liked it
I'm not single, but I found much to apply in this book by Lina AbuJamra. Putting anything before God in our life is a universal struggle and those who are single do the same. Lina is honest about her own struggles, but provides biblical advice as to how to deal with some of lifes greatest disappointment. As someone who was married at the age of 20, I appreciate learning about those who endeavor to be married but don't find their mate. It helps me be a better friend and encourager to the many in ...more
Mary Pat
May 14, 2013 Mary Pat rated it really liked it
Powerful...brave ...easy to connect..great alternative
for those that do what thy are uncomfortable doing.
Aids in a christian thought pattern with a realistic
choice pattern. We cannot change the world , thank God
the book points out our ability to change ourselves.
Harder than it sounds, Great Read !
Jul 12, 2014 Mae rated it it was amazing
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It took me a while to finally open the pages of this book. I was hesitant at first because I don't really like the topic about singleness... But it was worth reading it. As I went through the pages I learned more about appreciating life as a single person and how God works even when I'm not married yet... I'd recommend it to other single friends to read too
Bonny Macisaac
Aug 20, 2013 Bonny Macisaac rated it really liked it
I think there were a lot of good points brought up in this book for single Christians. Love the humor the author brings to the subject. Could have used it myself years ago as a single Christian and the trials one goes through. Wish I had a book like this at the time. I think most young people would take a lot from this book.
Holly Kisly
May 01, 2013 Holly Kisly rated it it was amazing
Refreshingly honest and Biblically solid. At times funny yet consistently challenging, Thrive needs to be read by every single woman (and man).
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The best book I've read about the single life.
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