Friday, January 27, 2006


A Match Made in Heaven

Book #1. The first book that I read in 2006 was a book by Wendy Widder called A Match Made in Heaven. It is subtitled, "How Singles and the Church Can Live Happily Ever After." I was intrigued by this book because the church often ignores and excludes single people and often times may not realize it. Thankfully I attend a church where the people consciously try to do neither. Wendy started the book well and explained briefly the theology of the church pre-Luther and the sacredness put on celibacy in the early church. Then she went on to explain that Luther tried to offset that imbalance he perceived by focusing on the traditional family. Then communities of believers began to see the traditional family as a means to strengthen the church. Then bang the thesis of the book...The church spends so much time focusing on the traditional family that the family of God is forgotten and in turn singles are left out and feel odd, rejected, etc. At this point I was pretty pumped to process some ideas about how the body of Christ could function more as the family that God intended us to be.

To my disappointment Wendy then spent a greater portion of the book addressing the fact that our marriage to Christ is the most important marriage of all. While this is very important and definitely true, I was hoping for a different spin and some practical advice. I didn't really want to read a singles book that built my self esteem and made me feel better because I have Christ. All in all Wendy did have a few good points throughout the book but it wasn't what I had hoped for.

Book #2 coming soon: Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas and Micah Sparks

Hey Anne, it's Laurie.

I'm almost done with a book I found really great.

it's called "Captivating: Unveiling the mystery of a woman's soul". by John and Stasi Eldredge.

It is the counterpart to "Wild at Heart" (the guys book).

It is basically about being a woman- what the core of a woman is, and how that relates to the core of a man. Also, how woman have messed it all up because they have been hurt in the past, and how to let God help you make it right.

i'm not the best summerizer, but I've really enjoyed it, and it has a lot of good insight.
Laurie, I read that book in 2005:) I thought it was pretty good. The part that stood out the most to me was when Stasi talked about being lonely. I was excited about the idea that loneliness is from God because it helps us identify the hunger we have for God. Our relationship with him is the only one that will only satisfy us completely (and we may not even experience that until we get to heaven but we can seek it here on earth). I'm really glad you are enjoying the book.
best regards, nice info » »
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