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They Were Single Too: Eight Biblical Role Models

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Singleness is not a sin that needs to be redeemed. Yet for many single Christians, the way the church regards them often feels condemning. Living between these truths can be a painful, frustrating experience.

By examining eight individuals from Scripture who were single at some point in their adult lives--Paul, Anna, Martha, Jeremiah, Ruth, Joseph, Nehemiah, and John the Ba
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Kregel Publications (first published October 5th 2005)
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Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this to be a confusing book. Hoffeditz writes that singleness is a divinely appointed gift from God with blessings to enjoy. (25) He said he was to “relish the fact that God had lavished the gift of singleness on me.” (38) Yet he was not content in his single state – he was a miserable single. He struggled with jealousy of married couples. Listening to his students talk about becoming engaged was “unpleasant” for him. (38) He writes about having to grow in his acceptance of being alone, ...more
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Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Kregel Book Tours.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

I have mixed feelings about this book, as is often the case when I read books like this one [1].  On the one hand, I am absolutely sure that these books are being written to me, as a single man but a committed believer.  On the other hand, though, I don't often like what they have to say.  In this case, we have a book that was written when the author was single originally, but revised now t
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
They Were Single Too
Eight Biblical Role Models
By David M. Hoffeditz

They Were Single Too is written to the single adult by examining the lives of eight different individuals in the Bible and their unique positions in a world and culture that expected them to be married. While the author originally wrote this book from a single state he has since married before this updated, revised edition was released. The author quite plainly states that this book is applicable for married believers too.

Of the
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
They Were Single Too by David M. Hoffeditz is an updated nonfiction book highlighting eight Biblical individuals.

It’s primarily informative about the Biblical figures mentioned. The book has one chapter each on Paul, Anna, Martha, Jeremiah, Ruth, Joseph, Nehemiah, and John the Baptist. I really appreciated the variety of people mentioned–Anna’s years of widowhood present an entirely different perspective than Paul’s ministry or Joseph’s temptations.The book is less than 150 pages long, and eac
Wanda (The Watered Soul)
In They Were Single Too, David Hoffeditz highlights 8 Biblical characters who knew what it was like to live the single journey. When I think of singleness in the Bible, Ruth is the one character that often comes to mind. And although Hoffeditz does include her story, there are others like Nehemiah, Joseph, and John the Baptist whom I never considered the impact of their relationship status. He also disperses some of his own life’s ups and downs as a single. I found the author’s openness about hi ...more
Danny Bennett
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The best book so far I have read on the subject and I've read a few already. Hoffeditz goes through 8 biblical figures pulling out applications from their lives. Paul, Anna, Martha, Jeremiah, Ruth, Joseph, Nehemiah, and John the Baptist each bring an aspect of trial and blessing to the single life. My favorites were probably the chapters on Paul and Jeremiah. Well worth a read if you struggle with your singleness or even if you don't. ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent study of eight Biblical characters, all of whom were either single all of their lives or were single at least part of their lives. This is also a study of the dynamics of what it means to be both single (unmarried) and Christian. The character sketches reveal how these Biblical characters handled being single in the midst of the culture in which they lived.
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David M. Hoffeditz is cofounder and director of Ancient Tours, which leads several tours a year to biblical lands, and president of Iron-2-Iron Ministries. He also teaches part time at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Hoffeditz has authored iVocab Greek materials and was a contributing author to What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About.

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