I wish I had owned Beth Knobbe’s new book 30 years ago when I was single and wondering why. If I had read Party of One: Living Single With Faith, Purpose and Passion, I think I would have lived a happier and more fulfilling life as a single woman in a couple’s world. I probably wouldn’t have driven up Kirby Road every day on my way home from work with my fist raised in anger to God for not sending a man deserving of me into my life!
The entire time I worked with Beth Knobbe during the development and writing of Party of One, her second book, I could see clearly that her insights and wisdom and practical tips for living single would help many men and women who are trying to make sense of their lives. Her grounding in Scripture and Church teaching, plus her own life experience—and that of a great group of friends who contributed essays to Party of One—make this a must-read for anyone single, whether by choice or circumstance.
In individual chapters she addresses the myths of singlehood, with plenty of her own and others’ stories:
Party of One makes the road to self-discovery a bit easier to navigate, and Beth thankfully ends each chapter with relevant Scripture passages and questions for reflection that are suitable for individual or group use. The “Try This” suggestions that conclude each of the three sections are wonderful and doable ways to integrate what you’ve just read into your own life.
As Beth so wisely writes, “Whether we are single for a brief time or forever, singleness is an invitation to discover who we are, to live our lives in the present, to not be trapped by our past or so consumed with the future that we fail to recognize the many gifts and opportunities that await us right now.”
Even though I am married now and shaking my fist at God for new reasons, I found Party of One inspirational. It is a book that invites you to look closely at why you live the way you do and how your life can be one of abundance and joy.
Party of One has already become my favorite gift for singles—as a thank you for helping me and as college graduation or birthday gifts. All the singles in my family circle will get a copy this year for Christmas!
Featured photo by Andrzej