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34 review for The Wait Will Not Be Wasted: Learning to Trust God's Plan For Your Season of Singleness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This is an emotional filled memoir of Lauren's struggle with a deep desire to be married. Believing it is God's plan for her life, she has struggled with the wait and in desperation has made unwise decisions. She shares more of what she has learned from her experiences than she does on lessons learned from Scripture. While she still struggles greatly with her longing to be married, she knows in her head there is nothing she will ever need she cannot find in Jesus. (Loc 2033/2310) While she says This is an emotional filled memoir of Lauren's struggle with a deep desire to be married. Believing it is God's plan for her life, she has struggled with the wait and in desperation has made unwise decisions. She shares more of what she has learned from her experiences than she does on lessons learned from Scripture. While she still struggles greatly with her longing to be married, she knows in her head there is nothing she will ever need she cannot find in Jesus. (Loc 2033/2310) While she says only Jesus can fill that gaping hole, she also confesses she still struggles with the longing for marriage. (Loc 2033/2310) Nonetheless, she admits that if one is not content now, one would not be content in marriage. (Loc 2084/2310) She says she has submitted her desires to God, yet she still asks God for a husband, still believing she is in a place of waiting for the dream to come true. (Loc 2117/2310) Lauren touched briefly on her counselor's question of whether she could be content if it was God's will for her to remain single. I wish Lauren had given more space to an exploration of that possibility, especially in light of Paul saying that the single life is preferable. One is less concerned about earthly affairs and can serve the Lord with more devotion. (1 Cor. 7:32-35) This is a good book for single women obsessed with marriage and frustrated at the wait God has planned. It reveals the thoughts and actions of a deeply emotional woman still struggling with her dream of marriage. (Loc 1931/2310, 1562/2310, 1677/2310) I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This is a great book. Unfortunately, I can’t relate too much to the wait because I got engaged at 17 and married at 18. I didn’t have a waiting period! Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a well-written story. It’s a great piece of inspiration. While I didn’t have a waiting period, I do think that you can get something from this book even if you didn’t’ have to wait to be married and to have a family. For me, there have been many times that God has said wait. Wait for the new house. Now, w This is a great book. Unfortunately, I can’t relate too much to the wait because I got engaged at 17 and married at 18. I didn’t have a waiting period! Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a well-written story. It’s a great piece of inspiration. While I didn’t have a waiting period, I do think that you can get something from this book even if you didn’t’ have to wait to be married and to have a family. For me, there have been many times that God has said wait. Wait for the new house. Now, wait for closure. Wait for this problem to be solved. You’re going to have to wait for your healing. So, even if you aren’t in a time of singleness waiting to find your spouse and the marriage/motherhood you’ve dreamed of, I still think that this book has something to offer you. It’s a great book and worth a read. You’re bound to glean something from it. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    The Wait Will Not Be Wasted is a memoir of sorts—author Lauren Lianne shares what she's learned through years of singleness that have stretched longer than she'd ever imagined. As a single woman of a similar age, I could identify with many of the things she talked about—especially her desire as a young woman to be a wife and mother with no real "back up" plan. Other things didn't ring as true to me, probably because I went through my own singleness struggle with God much earlier in my life. That The Wait Will Not Be Wasted is a memoir of sorts—author Lauren Lianne shares what she's learned through years of singleness that have stretched longer than she'd ever imagined. As a single woman of a similar age, I could identify with many of the things she talked about—especially her desire as a young woman to be a wife and mother with no real "back up" plan. Other things didn't ring as true to me, probably because I went through my own singleness struggle with God much earlier in my life. That's not to say that I don't still wish to be married and that I never struggle with singleness (I do!), but I came to a place of surrender at 21, so I've been "comfortably" living in the tension of hope, trust, and acceptance for ... let's just say it's been a while now 😉 The author also relates to God in a very different way than I do—she seems to actually hear Him speak to her (in the first person), which is something I've always been a little skeptical of (don't even get me started on Jesus Calling 🤣), probably because my experience with the Lord is so different than that. So, I'll be honest, after the first couple instances, I skipped over those portions where she was transcribing what she believes God told her. (I do want to be clear: I am not saying that God does not communicate with her in this way. God can do whatever He wishes, and perhaps he does speak directly to people like this. But I still am skeptical.) Bottom line: I appreciated the author's transparency with her struggles, and I do think that, read with discernment, this book could be excellent, especially for a small group of single women to go through together. There are some very thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter that could both cause deep reflection and lead to great discussion. With so many women being single far longer than they ever imagined, books like this can be very helpful in navigating an undesired season. 3-1/2 stars. Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    This is a great non-fiction read from a new-to-me-author! I made the decision to wait for God's best in a husband at the age of 16, I am now in my late twenties and still single, and I've found it difficult to find a book like this that I can really relate to in this stage of life, so of course I jumped at the chance to request a review copy of this one! This book is a bit different than I was expecting, I'd say it's a bit more of a memoir than your typical non-fiction book format, which actuall This is a great non-fiction read from a new-to-me-author! I made the decision to wait for God's best in a husband at the age of 16, I am now in my late twenties and still single, and I've found it difficult to find a book like this that I can really relate to in this stage of life, so of course I jumped at the chance to request a review copy of this one! This book is a bit different than I was expecting, I'd say it's a bit more of a memoir than your typical non-fiction book format, which actually really worked for me! I really appreciated that this is a book about waiting written by someone who is still waiting, and in fact there were many times while I was reading that I almost felt like the author had read my mind, because I could so clearly relate to what she was saying! I also loved that the author didn't pretend to have it all together and was very open about some of her emotional ups and downs as well as her epiphanies, I respect her all the more for her willingness to share all the realness! The Wait Will Not Be Wasted is a quick read, but it's chock full of wisdom, truth, and encouragement. I found this book to be very helpful and it's definitely one for the keeper shelf that I'll be turning to time and again. Another thing that I really loved was the section titled "Songs to help you through the hard moments." I'm a big fan of the healing power of music and there are lots of great songs listed here that I will definitely be adding to my playlist! Although this book is geared toward singles, everyone is in a season of waiting for something at one point or another and this book's teaching could definitely be helpful no matter what you're waiting for! I highly recommend The Wait Will Not Be Wasted! (5 Stars!) I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    4.5 Stars Like Lauren Lianne, I am single. I am also ten (plus) years further into my journey than the author, and while marriage and family aren’t the deepest desires of my heart, I could relate to so much of this book because I’ve experienced long seasons of waiting. And I know I will be in them again. With vulnerability and transparency, Lianne shares her journey of waiting—the good, the bad, and the ugly—to receive her heart’s desire of a Godly husband. But The Wait Will Not Be Wasted goes muc 4.5 Stars Like Lauren Lianne, I am single. I am also ten (plus) years further into my journey than the author, and while marriage and family aren’t the deepest desires of my heart, I could relate to so much of this book because I’ve experienced long seasons of waiting. And I know I will be in them again. With vulnerability and transparency, Lianne shares her journey of waiting—the good, the bad, and the ugly—to receive her heart’s desire of a Godly husband. But The Wait Will Not Be Wasted goes much deeper than Lianne’s journey. It’s about placing those desires in the hands of the One who understands our longings, the One who knows the full picture, and the One who loves us unconditionally. The fact that the author is still in the middle of her wait makes it easy for the reader to relate to her as she shares her story. I highlighted so much of this book, including the practical things we can do that Lianne suggests near the end of the book. Bottom line, in life, everyone will experience a season of waiting. Whether it be for a husband, a child, a home, or a job, there will be times of doubt. There will be times of questioning, arguing, and perhaps even separation from God. But, as we are reminded in The Wait Will Not Be Wasted, God is always there. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    Patience is something I work on everyday. I don’t like to have to wait on things. I’ve learned that my timing is not God’s timing. It is easy to relate to this book because I wanted the perfect life with the picket fence, perfect husband and perfect children. I rushed into relationships trying to find “the one” only to get my heart broken many times. The book is definitely one I would recommend to everyone who is waiting for that certain someone or waiting for something you feel may never come. Patience is something I work on everyday. I don’t like to have to wait on things. I’ve learned that my timing is not God’s timing. It is easy to relate to this book because I wanted the perfect life with the picket fence, perfect husband and perfect children. I rushed into relationships trying to find “the one” only to get my heart broken many times. The book is definitely one I would recommend to everyone who is waiting for that certain someone or waiting for something you feel may never come. We have disappointments in our life and it’s up to us to choose to grow from them or allow ourselves to become bitter. There were times I’m my life I wanted to give up and became this angry person. Nothing seemed to go my way and I felt like I was spinning around in circles. In my pity party I wanted someone to love me. Guess what I found out? I was loved but would not invite Him in. Over the years I have journaled my thoughts and found it to be healing. I write to God and let Him into my thoughts with open arms. We need to grasp the idea that God knows our dreams. He knows how we struggle in areas and He wants to reassure you that He has a plan for you. The book is very encouraging and is one that I will read each time I need to be reminded that “ You can trust that even in the wait, God has a plan.” I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    When I chose to read this book I wasn't aware that it targets single women who long to have their own family but often find themselves unable to find the perfect mate. Author Lauren Lianne has been one of those young women and she bares her soul as she shares her own years of searching and waiting: the disappointments, her failed efforts to find the right person, and all of the times when she chose to act instead of wait. Now, after learning to be patient, she feels that her relationship with Go When I chose to read this book I wasn't aware that it targets single women who long to have their own family but often find themselves unable to find the perfect mate. Author Lauren Lianne has been one of those young women and she bares her soul as she shares her own years of searching and waiting: the disappointments, her failed efforts to find the right person, and all of the times when she chose to act instead of wait. Now, after learning to be patient, she feels that her relationship with God is the most important one and and she hopes that others will discover that also. It has been a very long time since I was young and single but I received a lot of encouragement and inspiration from reading The Wait Will Not Be Wasted. I certainly recommend it to young women who find themselves searching for a lasting relationship but it is also useful for anyone who finds themselves in a season of wanting and waiting. The God who created the universe and yet still knows the hair on your head can handle every one of your dreams and desires. (p. 75) Sometimes we miss God's speaking to us, because we aren't still enough to hear Him over all of the noise in our lives. (p. 118) I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "The Wait Will Not Be Wasted" by Lauren Lianne is another book that surprise me! I can honestly say that if I seen it at the library I wouldn't have checked it out! Why, I know you are asking, well be cause it for women who are single and want to be married. I am not single and haven't been for 42 years. Well, here is the reason, I was surprised, the book is a useful tool for anything you are waiting for. Yes, it talks about the author wanting to be married and be a parent, but I found myself put "The Wait Will Not Be Wasted" by Lauren Lianne is another book that surprise me! I can honestly say that if I seen it at the library I wouldn't have checked it out! Why, I know you are asking, well be cause it for women who are single and want to be married. I am not single and haven't been for 42 years. Well, here is the reason, I was surprised, the book is a useful tool for anything you are waiting for. Yes, it talks about the author wanting to be married and be a parent, but I found myself putting in the things I am waiting for. My favorite chapter in the book is chapter 7 "You Gotta Have Faith". I really like this quote " He said faith isn't an imaginary state where we convince ourselves nothing bad will ever happen. Instead, "Faith is a focus." Faith is when we decide to put our focus on God and who He is no matter what- even while we are still going through the tragedy and even when the wait makes no sense." There are questions at the end of each chapters to answer and there is also a prayer. These questions and prayers aren't geared toward being married but on trusting in the wait. I truly recommend this book even if you aren't a single woman. I received a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I decided to read this book to see if it would be one I would want to recommend to single young women. I expected more of a teaching style text, but this reads more like a memoir, with lessons learned added to each of its nine chapters. The author openly shares her own experiences, hopes, dreams, and disappointments so it’s more about her personal experiences rather than a study book. I was surprised she started sounding negative in her opening remarks and introduction. I thought the purpose was I decided to read this book to see if it would be one I would want to recommend to single young women. I expected more of a teaching style text, but this reads more like a memoir, with lessons learned added to each of its nine chapters. The author openly shares her own experiences, hopes, dreams, and disappointments so it’s more about her personal experiences rather than a study book. I was surprised she started sounding negative in her opening remarks and introduction. I thought the purpose was to encourage other women, but the tone didn’t sound that way. It would be better to leave that part out. The book is easy to read, but the author’s anecdotes may not necessarily all be ones readers can identify with. However, this short book does offer some universal principles to help single women navigate the sometimes difficult road they find themselves traveling. The topics covered include disappointments and faith. This is a book for Christians with emphasis on growing spiritually. It encourages women to seek God for your future. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. all opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patti Pierce

    While I was growing up, I had dreams of what I wanted my life to look like. Initially, I wanted to be a nurse but I can not handle the sight of needles or blood so that idea went away. Then I had dreams of being a teacher and traveling around the country in a motorhome with a little convertible hooked behind. At that point, marriage was not on my mind. Yet, God brought my husband and me together in His time without either of us looking. Now as the mother of four: three sons who are about to turn While I was growing up, I had dreams of what I wanted my life to look like. Initially, I wanted to be a nurse but I can not handle the sight of needles or blood so that idea went away. Then I had dreams of being a teacher and traveling around the country in a motorhome with a little convertible hooked behind. At that point, marriage was not on my mind. Yet, God brought my husband and me together in His time without either of us looking. Now as the mother of four: three sons who are about to turn 24, 21, and 19 plus a daughter who is 17, the message of this book resonates with me for them. I firmly believe that God has created the perfect soulmate for each of us, and the message of this book is one that needs to be shared. I love how Lauren Walton presents her ideas in this book. We. have done nothing on our own to deserve God’s blessings, but He freely gives them to those who love and trust Him. We are told patience is a virtue and more, but when you only want to have someone to share your life with waiting can be painful. I love the vulnerability Lauren Walton shares in the pages of this book. So whether you are single yourself or have someone in your life who is, check out this book for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kasy Long

    I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to read the book. It’s geared towards single ladies who feel discouraged in this difficult “waiting period” of life, but you could apply this to any area of your life. Most of us have plans for our lives. However, life doesn’t always go according to those plans. But God might have something else in store for you. God loves you and He is not giving up on you. He knows what you WANT, but you have to trust Him that He knows exactly what you NEED. Not want, but ne I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to read the book. It’s geared towards single ladies who feel discouraged in this difficult “waiting period” of life, but you could apply this to any area of your life. Most of us have plans for our lives. However, life doesn’t always go according to those plans. But God might have something else in store for you. God loves you and He is not giving up on you. He knows what you WANT, but you have to trust Him that He knows exactly what you NEED. Not want, but need. He knows what is best for you and what you need in life. Have trust in Him. Once you start praying about this and believing in this, the waiting will get a little easier. The waiting won’t be wasted—at all! That’s what I have learned in Lauren’s book and there’s plenty more to read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    So hood This is exactly what my heart needed to hear. I wish all my friends would read this book during a season of waiting.

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