Single Today

Single Today

Conquer Yesterday's Regrets, Ditch Tomorrow's Worries, and Thrive Right Where You Are



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April 23, 2024 | ISBN 9780593948743

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About the Book

An empowering guide to the gift of singleness that will help you leave shame in the past and let go of anxiety about the future in order to thrive today—from a thirtysomething single pastor who understands that the struggle is real.

“Raw, relatable, and encouraging.”—New York Times bestselling author Granger Smith

Ryan Wekenman has been an unmarried pastor for over a decade. He’s heard all the usual questions: “Are you dating anyone? Any wedding plans in the future?” But he knows the real question they’re asking is, “Hey, do you think you’ll be single for the rest of your life?”

Ryan believes that singleness isn’t a curse to endure. Rather, it’s a gift to enjoy, even if at times it can be hard to see it that way. But he has discovered firsthand—and from hundreds of meetings with other single people—that we are often consumed by regrets or shame from the past, together with worry or fear of the future, making it feel impossible to find peace in the present.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Single Today shares Ryan’s perceptive anecdotes, thought-provoking questions, biblical insight, and disarming humor as he invites you into his journey of learning to fully embrace his current reality.

Single Today will encourage you to

• gain practical tools to help handle the annoying and uncomfortable situations single people get placed in
• learn how to talk to family and friends about your singleness with confidence
• practice opening your heart and embracing true intimacy
• stop believing your marital status is keeping you stuck
• start living the full and abundant life available today

No amount of shame will change the past, and no amount of worry will fix the future, but with a little faith and work, you can start thriving today.
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Praise for Single Today

Single Today is a brave and stirring look into the deep waters of the human heart. It asks probing questions and explores underlying pressures of marital expectations from the church and society. Yes, this is a book about being single, but it is even more about being truly present and soaking up every bit of beauty that the past and the future might otherwise steal.”—Jeffrey Tacklind, author of The Winding Path of Transformation, and pastor of Little Church by the Sea, Laguna Beach

Single Today will be an encouragement to many who need to know that they are unique, gifted, valued, and loved.”—Ben Higgins, co-founder and president of Generous International and author of Alone in Plain Sight

“I’ve been a mentor for single women for more than a decade, and I wish I had this practical resource to share with them sooner! It’s funny, warm, and encouraging, and it reads like you’re having coffee with a good friend who also happens to be one of the wisest people you know. Single Today will change the way you see your past and your future, your singleness and yourself.”—Stephanie May Wilson, author of Create a Life You Love

Single Today offers a vision for a fully satisfied life sans the need to be tethered relationally in marriage. It is the book every single person needs to read and every married person needs to read to better equip their single friends and family members to live the full lives God calls them to.”—Wayne Francis, lead pastor of The Life Church, New York; co-author of God and Race; and chaplain for the Brooklyn Nets

“Singleness doesn’t need to be a valley in life you must endure until you find that other person, but instead it can be a nonstop collection of mountaintop moments, inspired by God for your life, that you can be absolutely grateful for!”—Shawn Johnson, senior pastor of Red Rocks Church and author of Attacking Anxiety

“Such a helpful guide for anyone struggling with contentment right now. I loved Wekenman’s insight and stories that anyone can relate to, whether single, dating, engaged, or married.”—Ruth Soukup, New York Times bestselling author of Living Well, Spending Less and Do It Scared

“Brilliantly written, this timely, inspiring, and biblically based work is full of practical application that will move readers to a place of true contentment in the season they are in.”—Jimmy and Irene Rollins, founders of TWO=ONE marriage ministry

“This book is packed with immediately practical real talk about contentment, purpose, and living presently through singleness, regardless of the reason or the season. Single Today is raw, relatable, and encouraging. It’s the real deal.”—Granger Smith, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Like a River

“Wekenman gives practical steps toward significant mindset shifts that lead to a deep satisfaction in being single today.”—Jonathan Pokluda, lead pastor, bestselling author, and host of Becoming Something podcast
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About the Author

Ryan Wekenman
Ryan Wekenman is a storyteller and single pastor who passionately believes we don’t have to be married to live wholly. Ryan has a master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology. He is the co-host of two podcasts, Stories in Scripture, a show that brings the Bible to life for people all around the world, and Afterthoughts, a weekly conversation about faith, culture, and the church. Ryan is the teaching pastor of Red Rocks Austin, a young, vibrant church he helped start with two of his best friends. He lives in Austin, Texas. More by Ryan Wekenman
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