Christians are known for promoting committed, monogamous marriages, often elevating marriage and family as the supreme success. Being made in the image of a triune Creator implies that we are built for relationship, but what happens when sin enters the picture? Many of us may feel trapped and alone in marriage. Others of us may wonder why God has not brought our "soulmate," and how we are supposed to find relational fulfillment and community as single people. We tend to believe the lies of our culture--that sex and romance is ultimate, that our own romantic satisfaction is the goal, and that the purpose of marriage is to make us happy. True Christianity counters these lies. Marriage and singleness happen to both be affirmed in Scripture. The same Messiah whose heart beats for the church, his Bride, was a celibate Savior, completely content and fulfilled by his relationship with the Father. 

Whether you are married, widowed, divorced, single, dating, celibate, happy, tired, surrounded by loved ones, or feeling helplessly alone, the Christian faith has something to say to you.

 

Marriage

When Sinners Say I Do (Shepherd Press), by Dave Harvey 

You and Me Forever: Marriage in the Light of Eternity (Claire Love Publishing), by Francis and Lisa Chan

The Meaning of Marriage (Riverhead Books), by Tim Keller 

Each For The Other (Baker Books), by Bryan Chapell 

The Intimate Mystery: Creating Strength and Beauty in Your Marriage (IVP), by Dan B. Allender and Tremper Longman III 

Divorce and Remarriage in the Church (IVP), by David Instone-Brewer 

Inside the Broken Heart: Grief Understanding for Widows and Widowers (Crossway), by Julie Yarbrough

A Severe Mercy (HarperOne), by Sheldon Vanauken

 

singleness

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Right Where You Are (Zondervan), by Ann Voskamp 

I Loved a Girl: A Private Correspondence (Quiet Waters), by Walter Trobisch

Redeeming Singleness: How the Storyline of Scripture Affirms the Single Life (Crossway), by Barry Danylak 

Singled Out by God for Good, by Paige Benton 

True Love in a World of False Hope (IVP), by Robbie Castleman

Singleness: A Life Grounded in Love (IVP), A Bible Study by Ruth Goring 

Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships (Zondervan), by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

And She Lived Happily Ever After (IVP), by Skip McDonald 

Sex and Dating (IVP), by Mindy Meier