5 Books that Every Single Woman Needs to Have on Her Shelf
Can I be transparent for a second? I experienced a lot of discontentment during my single season. I became exhausted with the overwhelming amount of engagement announcements, #relationshipgoals posts, wedding photos, and #datenight selfies that flood my timeline on a daily. And of course, I often asked myself the age-old questions like “What’s wrong with me?”, “Why can’t I find a bae?”, “Do I need to buy Fashion Nova jeans to make these curves pop?”, “Do I need to go out more?”. Seriously, I dreaded being single and doubted myself in the process.
In true Jasmine form, I began doing some hard-core research; which means watching every YouTube video on singleness and following every Instagram page that posts encouraging quotes like “It’s ok if you don’t like me, not everyone has good taste.” *Long sigh*
Anywho, after the YouTube videos and Instagram posts grew old, I turned to my other favorite form of research, and one of my favorite pastimes, READING! Here’s a list of books that affirmed me during a time when I felt like being single was the worst thing ever.
I’m Happy for You (Sort of...not really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison By Kay Wills Wyma
For when the envy tries to overstay it’s welcome
This book will help kick envy and jealousy to the curb. In order to thrive in your singleness, you have to let go of comparing your season to someone else’s. Kay helps you prevent comparison from hijacking your life and provides effective ways to beat the comparison trap.
You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be By Holley Gerth
For when you begin to spiral out of control with tons of questions about yourself
Holley does a great job of highlighting those amazing things about yourself that you may not think about as much as you should. She shows you how to own the good, the little, the bad, and the beautiful things about yourself. And most importantly, she stresses the importance of understanding your identity in Christ and that He is only person that you should seek validation from.
Sassy, Single, and Satisfied: Secrets to Loving the Life You’re Living By Michelle Mckinney Hammond
For when the discontentment is too much to bear
The title speaks for itself. This book gives great tips on how to thrive in your singleness. Michelle does a great job of breaking down the many scenarios that single women experience while stressing the importance of contentment.
Pink Lips & Empty Hearts By Heather Lindsey
For when you look good on the outside and feel like crap on the inside
Heather gets it. She’s been there, done that, and has the t-shirt to prove it. She shares many moments where she was completely dressed up on the outside yet broken on the inside. This book helped me to recognize voids and insecurities that took residency in my heart and how to fill them with God’s love instead.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar By Cheryl Strayed
For when you think you’re the only one going through this
Cheryl takes stories from her advice column “Dear Sugar” and places them in this book full of practical advice for everyday situations. While reading, I found myself connecting with a lot of the stories and found Cheryl’s advice to be very helpful. Feel free to read this book out of order.
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Here’s to thriving,