Summer Reading

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This week we’re sharing four different lists of books to explore on four different topics. Since the lists are of non-fiction works, we also wanted to encourage your fiction reading with “4 Benefits of Reading Fiction.”

10 books for Christian Parents

7 books on Faith, Work and Economics

5 books on Singleness

21 books for Twentysomethings

Photo by Alan Levine. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

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Sex, Intimacy, Singleness, and a whole big mess

Pastor Chelsey wrote an article for our denominational magazine’s July issue (The Banner) entitled “Single and Sexual: As God Created Us.” In it, she offers some practical advice and tries to help us navigate between the truth and the false expectations given to the various kinds of people who find themselves as single adults.

The Banner published another article in tandem with Pastor Chelsey’s that may prove to challenge what you believe about sex, marriage, and the Church’s position. The thoughts expressed in “Where Do We Draw the Line?” do not represent the position of the Christian Reformed Church or of Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, but they can serve as a catalyst for you to decide where you draw the line in faithfulness to God’s Word and call to integrity, as well as lead you to wonder what role the community plays in drawing lines for one another.

As you may be able to imagine, an article that questions basic moral positions in the Church has caused quite a stir (the comments section attests to the mess.) But you’re likely to get into a mess dealing with such a sensitive topic, and the Spirit of God can be found in the hospitality as well as conflict. You can read both articles (or just Pastor Chelsey’s lead article) on the page “Sex, Intimacy, and the Single Person.” 

Then, you can read an encouraging story of a young woman trying to live with integrity within her sexuality: Olympic athlete, Lolo Jones.

 

This post shares stories, inspiration, encouragement and a challenge on the way we think about singleness, sexuality and sex in the Christian life.

When it’s hard being single.

Even if you aren’t single, we hope you’ll spend time with all of today’s resources. The first is an honest reflection from Lore Ferguson entitled “Sleeping Alone.” Remember how different other people’s lives are from your own.

When your single status shows no sign of change, it’s easy to give up hope. But in “Is Hoping a Waste of Time?” Ashley Boyer reminds us of where our true hope lies– and to take it one day at at time.

Last for today is spoken word art on waiting. You know what we mean… “I will wait for you” by Jannette:

This post is for adults of all ages reflecting on singleness. It provides reflection questions, empathy, and inspiration to stay faithful to God through all things.

When God leads love another way

It was supposed to be a momentous occasion—the day I would walk down the aisle in my mother’s lace wedding gown, peonies in hand, best friend at my side, family and friends looking on with joy. It was supposed to be the day I started a new chapter, the day my dreams would be fulfilled. Little did I know, God had other plans.

The Holy Spirit is speaking to you about your relationships. Are you listening?

Read M. Connor’s story about loving and losing while faithfully following Christ.

 

This story is meant for adults who are thinking about dating, relationships, marriage and singleness.