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contentsIntroduction1: Longing for Love2: Accepting God's Sovereignty3: Viewing Reality Correctly4: Being Thankful5: Living in Reality6: Understanding Your Unique Advantages7: Living a Christ-Centered LifeEpilogueQuestions for Further Insight contentsIntroduction1: Longing for Love2: Accepting God's Sovereignty3: Viewing Reality Correctly4: Being Thankful5: Living in Reality6: Understanding Your Unique Advantages7: Living a Christ-Centered LifeEpilogueQuestions for Further Insight


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contentsIntroduction1: Longing for Love2: Accepting God's Sovereignty3: Viewing Reality Correctly4: Being Thankful5: Living in Reality6: Understanding Your Unique Advantages7: Living a Christ-Centered LifeEpilogueQuestions for Further Insight contentsIntroduction1: Longing for Love2: Accepting God's Sovereignty3: Viewing Reality Correctly4: Being Thankful5: Living in Reality6: Understanding Your Unique Advantages7: Living a Christ-Centered LifeEpilogueQuestions for Further Insight

30 review for Fine China Is for Single Women Too

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was simply fabulous. It doesn't mess with the fluff that other books on singleness get caught up in. Rather, it gets right at the root of the matter. God is sovereign (therefore quit obsessing and worrying) and God is good (therefore trust that He knows what is for your good more than you do). It calls us to find our satisfaction, our purpose, our joy, and our hope in Christ alone and it is there that we will find the peace and strength to be content regardless of circumstances. It was This book was simply fabulous. It doesn't mess with the fluff that other books on singleness get caught up in. Rather, it gets right at the root of the matter. God is sovereign (therefore quit obsessing and worrying) and God is good (therefore trust that He knows what is for your good more than you do). It calls us to find our satisfaction, our purpose, our joy, and our hope in Christ alone and it is there that we will find the peace and strength to be content regardless of circumstances. It was incredibly convicting and very encouraging. This will be a book that I can see myself referring back to frequently. I would highly recommend this for every single woman.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    SO encouraging and inspiring to live my life in the moment, resting and trusting in God that His will is best for me, moment by moment! :D

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Van Gorp

    All single women- young and old, divorced, widowed, or still hoping for a husband- will find great benefit from this book. I just finished and I'm starting it again. All single women- young and old, divorced, widowed, or still hoping for a husband- will find great benefit from this book. I just finished and I'm starting it again.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mic

    This is a beautiful, encouraging, and inspiring must-read for all single women.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Krystal Esmi

    Anyone who knows me is well aware of my feelings in regards to marriage: I don't want anything to do with it. The thought of marrying someone gives me an instant headache and makes me gag. I know, I know. Not what you would expect from an attractive 20 something chaste Christian, but I'm not your average chica; I'm a fine china kind of girl. Anyway... I bought this book because zombie-like society, and in some cases the church community, likes to equate singleness with futility and uselessness. T Anyone who knows me is well aware of my feelings in regards to marriage: I don't want anything to do with it. The thought of marrying someone gives me an instant headache and makes me gag. I know, I know. Not what you would expect from an attractive 20 something chaste Christian, but I'm not your average chica; I'm a fine china kind of girl. Anyway... I bought this book because zombie-like society, and in some cases the church community, likes to equate singleness with futility and uselessness. They also tend to look down on and pity single women. And seeing as how I relish my singleness, this can be both offensive and disheartening. So whenever I find a book written by a woman who stands in my demographic, I check into it. This was a very short read; you could probably read it in one sitting. This is one of those instances where you don't have to say a whole lot to say a whole lot. The author gave a lot of relevant, relateable information in the 100+ pages of this book. She addressed the many issues that single women face as well as share pros and cons of both seasons of singleness and marriage. I enjoyed the reflection questions at the end of each section. They can reveal a lot if you're honest with yourself. I would read this book again and I would recommend it to those who are happily single, desperately single, and those married women who haughtily look down on single women.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Roberts

    Despite my expectation and prior judgement based on the title, this was a non frou frou book. Brownback quickly goes to the root of a heart not trusting in God, and that what He gives and wills is good, breeds discontentment-so commonly found in single women. This book was a good charge to, like Paul, think realistically about both marriage and singleness and to look at singleness as something to be used to the glory of God, not as a hinder to. It “is cause for gratitude and rejoicing” that the Despite my expectation and prior judgement based on the title, this was a non frou frou book. Brownback quickly goes to the root of a heart not trusting in God, and that what He gives and wills is good, breeds discontentment-so commonly found in single women. This book was a good charge to, like Paul, think realistically about both marriage and singleness and to look at singleness as something to be used to the glory of God, not as a hinder to. It “is cause for gratitude and rejoicing” that the Lord used single women through His redemption story and does today too. And why not just buy your own fine china while you’re at it?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    If you are single woman, read this book. If you know a single woman, read this book. If you don't know a single woman, go meet one and then read this book. This was not a deep, theological read, but it hit close to home more than once. The writing is down to earth and relatable, but packed with biblical truth. I admit to tearing up a time or two over simply feeling understood in this stage of life (approaching 30 and single). If you are single woman, read this book. If you know a single woman, read this book. If you don't know a single woman, go meet one and then read this book. This was not a deep, theological read, but it hit close to home more than once. The writing is down to earth and relatable, but packed with biblical truth. I admit to tearing up a time or two over simply feeling understood in this stage of life (approaching 30 and single).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This little book is by far the best book I've ever read on singleness. It's charming, convicting, encouraging. The focus is on finding what God has for you in your current situation. That this IS His best for you. Pining for a different season will not bring more joy. Marriage will not bring more joy, only a different joy. I cannot recommend this book enough. It's also a fantastic book to read if you want to see into the life of a single woman. This little book is by far the best book I've ever read on singleness. It's charming, convicting, encouraging. The focus is on finding what God has for you in your current situation. That this IS His best for you. Pining for a different season will not bring more joy. Marriage will not bring more joy, only a different joy. I cannot recommend this book enough. It's also a fantastic book to read if you want to see into the life of a single woman.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    This is probably the best book on singleness I've ever read. It's a short, breezy read and yet I was really challenged by it. Highly recommended for the single ladies out there, whether it's by choice or not. Note: I read the Kindle version and there were a ridiculous amount of typos. Didn't stop me from enjoying it, obviously, but keep that in mind. This is probably the best book on singleness I've ever read. It's a short, breezy read and yet I was really challenged by it. Highly recommended for the single ladies out there, whether it's by choice or not. Note: I read the Kindle version and there were a ridiculous amount of typos. Didn't stop me from enjoying it, obviously, but keep that in mind.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Chick

    Some helpful insights and reminders of the fruitfulness and gift of singleness when it is centered on Christ!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma Smith

    Great perspective on how marriage is elevated in the church. Not super applicable to myself currently but eye-opening all the same.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Most of us already know to not judge a book by its cover. After reading this book, I'd add to not judge an author by their earlier works. I really wasn't sure how to rate this one - content-wise, I agree with all or nearly all of what she shares about life and singleness, though I would have worded some things differently. My biggest disappointment comes from her comment toward the beginning that this book was born out of a talk she gave. Unfortunately, it didn't lose that feel - it reads more lik Most of us already know to not judge a book by its cover. After reading this book, I'd add to not judge an author by their earlier works. I really wasn't sure how to rate this one - content-wise, I agree with all or nearly all of what she shares about life and singleness, though I would have worded some things differently. My biggest disappointment comes from her comment toward the beginning that this book was born out of a talk she gave. Unfortunately, it didn't lose that feel - it reads more like a talk or speech than a book. The main reason this disappointed me is that I LOVE her book that came out this year, "Flourish." I highly recommend that one for single and married women, and I had hoped for more of the same in this book. While "Fine China is for Single Women Too" didn't deliver like "Flourish," it does share some important truth and I am glad I read it. And I got a glimpse of how much Lydia Brownback has grown in her writing, which was encouraging to see.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather Carrillo

    According to Ms. Brownback, God's ultimate goal for all of our lives is to make us holy. “It is his top priority” she says. Our marital status is merely a way He goes about sanctifying us. Married or single only means God has chosen that for us, for now, to make us holy. When a single woman (or man) is tempted to feel as if something is wrong with her she can think of what God is doing in her life. He didn't forget about her. He has a perfect plan for her which involves singlehood right now. It According to Ms. Brownback, God's ultimate goal for all of our lives is to make us holy. “It is his top priority” she says. Our marital status is merely a way He goes about sanctifying us. Married or single only means God has chosen that for us, for now, to make us holy. When a single woman (or man) is tempted to feel as if something is wrong with her she can think of what God is doing in her life. He didn't forget about her. He has a perfect plan for her which involves singlehood right now. It might even involve singlehood long term, but if so, it's only because that is the way God feels will be the most sanctifying. Ms. Brownback also gives a new way of thinking about your singlehood. One of my favorite parts was when she brought in the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism “Q: What is the chief end of man? A: Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” If one is single, “God has determined that you will most glorify him and come to enjoy him most fully as a single woman.”1 That's an interesting way of thinking. It's not just about the contentment of the woman, but it's about God ordering our lives so that we can glorify him the most. God has chosen singlehood for you right now because that is how you are most effective to the kingdom. What a wonderful thought! Much of what Ms. Brownback says in this book can be found in most books written for single women, but again, it helps that Ms. Brownback practices what she preaches. You get a feeling reading her book that if she can do it, you can do it too. Also, she just doesn't hold back from getting right to the heart of the matter and completely backs up all her statements with scripture. She not only encourages those struggling with being single, but she also chastises those complaining against the lot God has given them. I think if I was a single woman I would have been challenged and encouraged by this book. I will be recommending this book to all of my single female friends.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy B

    An intruiging book which has truly opened my eyes to questions i'd never dreamed of asking. Instead of letting you sink into self pity this book with its many stories, anecdotes and life applications (making it a truly interesting read) allows you to consider singleness from other angles: NOT self-pity, loneliness or because i've always dreamt of having a husband, but instead as a way to make great friendships, enjoy a great many activities and freedom, and being in a position to abandon yoursel An intruiging book which has truly opened my eyes to questions i'd never dreamed of asking. Instead of letting you sink into self pity this book with its many stories, anecdotes and life applications (making it a truly interesting read) allows you to consider singleness from other angles: NOT self-pity, loneliness or because i've always dreamt of having a husband, but instead as a way to make great friendships, enjoy a great many activities and freedom, and being in a position to abandon yourself to God's service. For real women in a real world!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Encouraging read. We should enjoy our lives as singles and serve God throughout life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Liz Koetsier

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina Christy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Streekstra

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Daugherty

  23. 4 out of 5

    Merrily

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deb T

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Emrich

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristie Skaggs

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kait Waters

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mia Edw

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