Welcome to the Savoring Single Blog Tour!
We will start off with a book review and then let’s meet the Author of Savoring Single, by Shelley Black!
We have all been single at one point in time and you may currently still be single. Since Valentines Day is right around the corner, it can be a painful reminder of just how single you are. As couples gush on facebook and instagram, you may sit in the house silently sobbing into a bowl of ice cream or wine. In Savoring Single, Shelley encourages you that being single doesn’t have to be so bad. In fact it’s a great time to cultivate a relationship with God, enjoy life, and love yourself! I love how Shelley puts a lot of importance on developing a relationship with God, as God can fill the empty places in your heart, and even prepare you to love who God has called you to be. Shelley touches on various topics including staying pure, and embarking on your journey/calling as a single woman of God. As a woman who is currently single I enjoyed Shelley’s humor, great research, and extensive biblical references. I agree with many of her points to enjoy being Single as self-discovery is best when your single, and focusing on your relationship with Jesus helps you spiritually, but helps you become a better you for others, and even your future mate!
Now let’s get to know Shelley!
- Three Fun Facts about yourself!
I absolutely love to travel! I have walked the streets, tasted the food, and met the beautiful faces of God’s family in 10 countries to date. Not including the US, of course. There’s at least ten more on my heart, and though backpacking New Zealand remains at the top of my bucket list, a road trip to just about anywhere suffices in the mean-time.
I grew up in the south and love all things nature, backwoods trails, star gazing and saying “coke” for soda, even though I only drink Dr. Pepper.
I am a self-taught graphic designer, local church volunteer and stage set builder. If it weren’t for trial and error, I wouldn’t know much, and also wouldn’t have quite as many power tools.
An adventurous heart I love it, and a busy lady! We have a lot in common!
2. Favorite place to relax?
As Dorothy put it so well, “There’s no place like home.” But at home, I’m usually in my super comfy bed that doubles as my office and prayer closet.
Love how you put that!
3. Cafe drink of choice?
On cold days: a soy Chai Latte, extra chai of course.
On any other day: iced coffee with extra sugar and cream (loving a bit of peppermint too, lately)
Once again something in common. I love vanilla soy chai lattes!
4. What inspired you to write this book?
Hands down, I was inspired by God to write “Savoring Single.” I didn’t set out to write a book, and as it all began to unfold, I didn’t even realize that’s what I was doing. I was two weeks in to daily inspiration and 20+ pages of straight content when I realized what was happening.
Wow, truly inspired by God!
5. What do you want your readers to take away from your book?
In short, that it’s perfectly okay to be single. Actually, it’s a good thing. If you try to avoid being single or rush through it, you’ll miss everything God wanted to develop in you through this once-in-a-lifetime part of your journey! Savoring Single is about enjoying every moment to the last drop, to the moment you say “I do.” And even then, what you learn, how you grow, and who you become while single dramatically impacts every other season for the rest of your life.
6. Favorite Chapter in your book
That’s like asking a parent, which child they favor the most… I mean, is that even possible? But if I had to choose, it’d be “Finding Purpose in Single.” In it, I mention the testimony of the moment God shifted my life forever. I didn’t realize how hard life was and how low I had gotten until God pulled me out. It wasn’t some crazy addiction or deep sin that made things so hard, it was really just a lesser purpose that I had settled for without even realizing it. He loved me so fully in that moment by His patient mercy and I will never get over it!
7. Being Single can be hard, what scriptures really comforted you during this season of your life?
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
All of Psalm 18, Isaiah 54 and 55.
8. Favorite part of being single?
This one is kind of weird for me. On a lot of “single” blogs you always hear about the “my own time, my own money, control of the remote, the whole bed, and so on…” kind of stuff.
For me, really, it’s that I am getting to know God for myself and cultivating my “yes” to Him every day. I know for a fact if I had gotten married already, I would have missed out on learning to love Him, know Him and be taken care of by Him in the way that I have… being 34 and still single.
I’m glad it didn’t go from being my parent’s faith to being my husband’s faith, without the opportunity of me growing to know God for myself in the in between.
9. What advice would you give to other aspiring writers?
You are uniquely you and you have a story to tell. There are lives your life touches that others, even me, will never be able to reach. There is great power in the testimony, bringing glory to the One who formed us, redeemed us then renewed us to draw us near to Himself.
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” (Acts 20:24 NLT) Let the lives that we live and the stories we share be to the glory of God. There are many creative and unique ways that can happen and His expression through you is all a part of His design.
Thank you Shelley for answering my questions!
About The Author:
Shelley Black has journeyed through being single longer than she expected and has since found joy, hope and purpose from a once begrudged season. She now challenges the status quo of what it means to be single as a modern-day Christian female, with a passion to infuse hope and restore joy to every single-girl heart. Shelley is a loving momma to her pup Lucy, is one proud “T” to six nieces and nephews and serves her local church in North Mississippi as the worship leader. Find her at SavoringSingle.com and across social media at SavoringSingle.
If this has spoken to you I encourage you to check out her book! Thank you for visiting Purely Unorthodox for the Savoring Single Blog Tour!
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