CELEBRATING THE SINGLE LIFE: A Spirituality for Single Persons in Today's World by Susan Annette Muto

CELEBRATING THE SINGLE LIFE: A Spirituality for Single Persons in Today's World

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Chiefly what the title says: some positive thinking on the meaning of being single in the modern world and the spiritual contribution of singles. To make the point that singleness is not second-best to marriage or living in a religious community, Muto sometimes has to strain: ""we enjoy more time to devote to the pursuit of creativity and community service, since less time has to be spent in family activities."" But she does ring true on issues like loneliness and workaholism: properly tempered, solitude can make one more sensitive to the interrelationship of God and events, while working without sufficient rest and relaxation to refill ""inner resources"" will make it difficult for you to ""be present to"" others ""in an inspired, compassionate way."" Those who are single not by choice (the widowed, the divorced) are exhorted to see their suffering as God's way of communicating something. Other topics include the importance of prayer and friendship, as well as the single's relationship with the Church: the single person should make the first move to become involved, Muto maintains, rather than waiting for the Church to devise programs specifically for singles. Given the growing Church-singles bond, timely if still limited.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1982
Publisher: Doubleday