Book Review: Savoring Single by Shelley Black

Savoring Single shelley black book review

The synopsis on the back of the book:

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!

  • Genre: Christian Non-Fiction
  • Published: 12/2017
  • Pages: 160
  • Goodreads rating: 4.71
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

Why I chose this book

Livvy reached out to me to be a part of the Savoring Single Blog Tour in February. At first, I thought to myself I am not single so I am not sure how this book would benefit me. But then I thought, I bet some of my readers are single and I know they would be interested in reading this book! So here we are!

Thoughts throughout

Shelley did an amazing job writing this book. I felt like she was talking to me as a friend, sister, or confidant. She covered topics such as finances, pursuing adventure, developing a skill, developing discipleship, and appreciate being single. 

Throughout the book, she often brought in examples from the Bible and translated it to today's world. For example, she covered the story of Sarah and Abraham and how for most of their life they didn't have children. Then God finally provided for them and Sarah had a baby at 90 years of age. Shelley emphasized the fact, that God has a purpose for where you are now. 

One other message Shelley wrote, was the importance of developing a skill. To me, this chapter emphasized the importance of following your dreams and doing something you love before you jump into marriage. I know this may be a silly example, but you know those single girls or boys on Instagram trecking through the world and living like a nomad? When I see those pictures, I often think those people are enjoying their single life - and doing something they love! They are fulfilling God's purpose for them at that time of their life. 

Shelley also covered the topic of loneliness. Many girls often don't want to be single because they don't want to be lonely. However, she emphasized how God is the one person that will always be with you. When you feel lonely, remember that God is there with you at that moment. You are never alone! 

The most important message Shelley covered, in my opinion, was purity. I was not Christian when I was single in my very early 20s. Before I met my husband I gave up things precious to my body. I want single girls to know, wait, wait for marriage. Today's society glorifies sex and temptations are everywhere. Your virginity should be sacred. The only thing I didn't agree with Shelley is that she mentioned hanging out with single or married men can be detrimental to your purity. I believe we can be friends with men and not have feelings for them. 

If we think our best is ahead of us in marriage, career or success or even behind us in memories of days gone by or that time when everything seemed perfect, we will miss the treasure of our todays. You have such a treasure in this moment, that you won’t have in the next.
— Shelley Black

Message Delivered?

What I appreciated about Shelley's writing is that she often got to the point quickly. She didn't tend to repeat herself multiple times. This made the book easier and more engaging to read. 

The main message of this book is to emphasize the fact that it's OK to be single. Enjoy being single and understand what God wants you to be while being single. Savor being single! 

Would I recommend?

Yes, definitely! I think anyone who is single, whether they are in their early 20s or 30s or even 40-50s, they will benefit from the lessons learned in this book. This would also make a great gift! 

 

About The Author:

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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 besingle 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 SavoringSingle.com and across social media at SavoringSingle.

Official Website: www.savoringsingle.com 

You may purchase the book ---> HERE

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**Note: Thank you to Livvy for including me in this blog tour! So sweet of you!! I was given a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. 

Livvy is a book marketing agent. You may check out her website ---> HERE.