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The Back of the Book (from Amazon):  Though marriage and procreation were fundamental to the propogation of God’s people in Old Testament times, the New Testament affirms singleness as a calling for some Christians. Redeeming Singleness expounds a theology of singleness that shows how the blessings of the covenant are now directly mediated to believers through Christ.

Redeeming Singleness offers an in-depth examination of the redemptive history from which biblical singleness emerges. Danylak illustrates the continuity of this affirmation of singleness by showing how the Old Testament creation mandate and the New Testament kingdom mandate must both be understood in light of God’s plan of redemption through spiritual rebirth in Christ.

As the trend toward singleness in the church increases, the need for constructive theological reflection likewise grows. Redeeming Singleness meets this need, providing encouragement to those who are single or ministering to singles and challenging believers from all walks of life to reflect more deeply on the sufficiency of Christ.

NotJustLaura’s Review:  In this book, Mr Danylak looks at singleness from a theological perspective.  I found the first half extremely difficult – my knowledge of the Old Testament just wasn’t up to the job and Mr Danylak was clearly writing for a more learned audience than me.  The second half, dealing with the New Testament, seemed far easier although I should point out that I think this was due to my greater NT knowledge rather than a change in Mr Danylak’s style so another reader’s experience could be different.  Although this is not a book for the faint-hearted, I did enjoy the watching the development of ideas about marriage and singleness filtered through the Biblical texts and can only applaud Mr Danylak’s scholarship.


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