Single Women
Affirming Our Spiritual Journey
by Mary O'Brien, Clare Christie
May 1993, 232pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-89789-321-3
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Twenty-two women who live alone, many with religious affiliations, describe how they have come to terms with the negative connotations and expectations generally ascribed to being single in a family-centered society.

The twenty-two contributors to this volume find a common bond in their diversity, based on their desire to explore ways that single women can live more fully in a society that places such great emphasis on marriage and narrowly defines family as spouse and children. The contributors, ranging in age from 20 to 70, represent numerous vocations and spiritual traditions. Issues of prejudice, poverty, low self-esteem, fear, loneliness, and rage surface as single women tell their stories. Working through difficulties, many found great fulfillment in aloneness and reached significant literary and professional achievements based on strengths gained from successfully overcoming feelings of worthlessness. More than a few women found great sources of strength in deep personal and religious convictions.

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