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Single is... ...not a condition to be cured...it's just as natural as being part of a couple. Its wisdom is contagious. Its message is powerful. ...a one-of-a-kind book that speaks a universal language to single women everywhere. ...a sometimes funny, sometimes, touching, and always uplifing collection of true-life experiences and practical wisdom that helps you celebrate you Single is... ...not a condition to be cured...it's just as natural as being part of a couple. Its wisdom is contagious. Its message is powerful. ...a one-of-a-kind book that speaks a universal language to single women everywhere. ...a sometimes funny, sometimes, touching, and always uplifing collection of true-life experiences and practical wisdom that helps you celebrate your single status. Single is about upholding the most enduring relationship of all: the one we have with ourselves.


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Single is... ...not a condition to be cured...it's just as natural as being part of a couple. Its wisdom is contagious. Its message is powerful. ...a one-of-a-kind book that speaks a universal language to single women everywhere. ...a sometimes funny, sometimes, touching, and always uplifing collection of true-life experiences and practical wisdom that helps you celebrate you Single is... ...not a condition to be cured...it's just as natural as being part of a couple. Its wisdom is contagious. Its message is powerful. ...a one-of-a-kind book that speaks a universal language to single women everywhere. ...a sometimes funny, sometimes, touching, and always uplifing collection of true-life experiences and practical wisdom that helps you celebrate your single status. Single is about upholding the most enduring relationship of all: the one we have with ourselves.

30 review for Single: The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and Independent

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shevonne

    I’ve read other singles book, and they were usually treating being single as a temporary phase. They are “how to meet your mate books” masked as “be happy and single” books. If you are single and want to remain that way temporarily or permanently, you should read this book. The author did a great job of discussing different things that singles have to deal with. I also loved that she included single parents in the book. I think that a lot of the other books I’ve read have also forgotten that the I’ve read other singles book, and they were usually treating being single as a temporary phase. They are “how to meet your mate books” masked as “be happy and single” books. If you are single and want to remain that way temporarily or permanently, you should read this book. The author did a great job of discussing different things that singles have to deal with. I also loved that she included single parents in the book. I think that a lot of the other books I’ve read have also forgotten that there are singles out there who have kids. One of greatest fears about being single is not being able to find someone to do anything with. All of my friends are taken, and I am tired of being a third wheel. This book made me realize that I can do things alone, and I don’t need someone to go out at night, go to dinner with, or do other things that I love to do. When the kids head to college, I can travel on my own and it will be fine. The book shared other singles’ stories, and I really appreciated that because it made me realize that I’m not alone. I will probably not find the right person for me, and that’s ok because I have my kids and myself. It’s a great book, and I recommend to all singles.

  2. 4 out of 5

    May

    "Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is" -Sophia Loren I decided to read this book because I wanted to know how to appreciate and enjoy my life as a single woman and reading from it, I did. One aspect that Judy Ford emphasizes is in expanding your social circle and being open with anyone you meet, not ostracizing yourself and living with the stigma of the 'people who are single'. You have the ultimate freedom! All in all, amazing read and I can see myself picking thi "Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is" -Sophia Loren I decided to read this book because I wanted to know how to appreciate and enjoy my life as a single woman and reading from it, I did. One aspect that Judy Ford emphasizes is in expanding your social circle and being open with anyone you meet, not ostracizing yourself and living with the stigma of the 'people who are single'. You have the ultimate freedom! All in all, amazing read and I can see myself picking this book up from time to time to remind myself that there is no rush to be in a relationship (especially when I am not ready for it), but rather cultivate in things I like to do and not be ashamed whether I do it by myself or with friends.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mariia Morozova

    When I was reading the book I was feeling as if I was talking to a person who I am on the same page with. I entirely agree with the main idea of the book: Being single is natural, as natural as being together. The most enduring relationship of all is the one with yourself. It’s essential to believe that something good is always ahead of you, and no matter if you are single or not, your happiness shouldn’t depend on your marital status, or be postponed until you find a partner. I think your impres When I was reading the book I was feeling as if I was talking to a person who I am on the same page with. I entirely agree with the main idea of the book: Being single is natural, as natural as being together. The most enduring relationship of all is the one with yourself. It’s essential to believe that something good is always ahead of you, and no matter if you are single or not, your happiness shouldn’t depend on your marital status, or be postponed until you find a partner. I think your impression will largely depend on what condition you are in now. I am single and - as Carry Bradshaw says – fabulous:) That’s why this book has given me many ideas of how to make my single life even more meaningful and bright of an experience: give myself presents more often, have candlelit dinners, buy flowers, dress sensually, flirt with whoever I want, learn something from all my dates, change my plans on a whim whenever I want to and don’t take it for granted! The author also looks into self-esteem. I particularly liked these passages: “If you feel good about yourself, you feel good even when you feel awful. Once you feel good about yourself, even the most horrendous tragedies will not destroy you. When you feel good about yourself, you’ll still have the same feelings as everyone else—fear, anger, hurt, and so on—but because you know you’re basically a wonderful person, such negative feelings will not affect you quite so deeply.” “Being attractive has very little to do with looks. It has more to do with an inner glow that comes from appreciating our own beauty and taking good care of ourselves. It has to do with attracting, which is what a magnet does. That’s a magnet’s inherent power. Personal attractiveness is also a kind of power that comes when you can honestly acknowledge your loveliness.” There was some really nice advice from old people e.g. “the happier you are with yourself, the more likely people will want to be with you.” I enjoyed reading other people’s stories and their perception of single lives. I also liked how evocative the language has been in this book: “when walking the dog, enjoy being pulled.” Fantastic. Quotes:  Achievement is great, but inner harmony is grand.  The path to happiness is always inward, a solitary pilgrimage. When you’re listening to your deepest needs and responding to them, you’re tapping into lasting comfort as you move toward your center.  Supporting yourself in style isn’t about getting rich—it isn’t about buying designer clothes, expensive cars, or lavish homes. Supporting yourself in style is earning enough to pay your expenses, earning enough to save, and earning enough for treating yourself when you want to. Supporting yourself in style means doing work that has personal significance by using your talents and cultivating your interests.  “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” —NELSON MANDELA Vocabulary: In the back of my mind, I must have thought it would be…. “So you were eavesdropping?” whisper sweet nothings in the ear “That is beside the point,” Olga scolded. he will roll over in his grave the joker in the deck the trials and tribulations we go through answer in unison /ˈjuːnɪs(ə)n/ Those parties became her trademarks. sexual magnetism change your plans on a whim be dissuaded by = discouraged to branch out = to start to do something different from what you usually do, especially in your job. put something on the back burner

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ryphna St-John

    This is a great "pick-me-up" book that really make me enjoy and love the single life, either I am in a relationship or not! I enjoyed the anecdotes and the stories from both the authors and people she talked too. This book allow you to see things under different angle and to not only "make the best of the situation" but see how precious and awesome the life you have on your own is and can be! It's a book I will read again and again. It's easy to read and even just skimming through it is enough to This is a great "pick-me-up" book that really make me enjoy and love the single life, either I am in a relationship or not! I enjoyed the anecdotes and the stories from both the authors and people she talked too. This book allow you to see things under different angle and to not only "make the best of the situation" but see how precious and awesome the life you have on your own is and can be! It's a book I will read again and again. It's easy to read and even just skimming through it is enough to make me smile.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I came into this book hoping for a bit of a lift-me-up in being single. This book had elements, but the author had a number of assumptions that really clouded the message. Some of these assumptions were: You are straight (there is one off handed comment of: or the same sex if that's your thing) You subscribe to heteronormativity You fit perfectly on the sexuality spectrum in terms of not being at all asexual or pansexual You have been in relationships in the past You are not in poverty, or struggling I came into this book hoping for a bit of a lift-me-up in being single. This book had elements, but the author had a number of assumptions that really clouded the message. Some of these assumptions were: You are straight (there is one off handed comment of: or the same sex if that's your thing) You subscribe to heteronormativity You fit perfectly on the sexuality spectrum in terms of not being at all asexual or pansexual You have been in relationships in the past You are not in poverty, or struggling financially This is really shown through the 'Try This' passages of the book. After every section, the author has a 'try this' where she lists 5-6 suggested calls to action. Some of these include: Take a trip to a tropic country (who has the time and resources to do that??) have a weekly night in your Jacuzzi (seriously?) flirt with the opposite sex and see where it goes/don't be afraid of one night stands (well that excludes anyone who's asexual who are largely single, as well as anyone who isn't straight). I'll be honest, there were a few of these 'Try This' that I had to stop and kind of laugh out loud at the suggestions. If nothing else, it was entertaining. I also wonder the intended audience of the book. It seems that it's intended for those similarly in the author's situation: have had relationships in the past, and how trying to be satisfied with being single. The author does acknowledge that there are other paths to get to this, but she doesn't really do anything about it, outside of some anecdotes of friends, acquaintances, and clients of hers. While we're talking about the anecdotes, many of them feel out of place and disingenuous. I completely understand why these are in the book: to put a face on the topic at hand, and expand on what's being talked about. The book also contradicts itself a number of times. At one point, the book says you don't need to be rich or wealthy to be desirable. Then later on in an anecdote, one woman admitted she only was attracted to and dated men who had a lot of money. The author also said to meet singles, go to a singles only destination vacation (which also costs quite a bit of money). The author also says you don't need to be a model or very attractive to get into a relationship, but boasts about how attractive her first husband was. Things like this are meant to be played off as cute, but just comes off as inconsistent. In the end, this book really didn't make me feel in any way better about being single. It did make me feel a bit worse about barely being able to stay afloat financially and have no time to really 'enjoy' being single. The author should have been much more cognizant about different lifestyles, different life circumstances, and different choices. I will admit at least the author addressed different stages of life, but only different stages of life as it existed in the early 2000s. If you're not satisfied in being single, I wouldn't suggest this book, unless you fit into the world that the author fits in. If you are already satisfied with being single, and you fit in that world, go for it. Otherwise, skip this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maryam Al-sharief

    This is the first time I read a book about singles.. I expected a book talking about how to enjoy this period of your life until it passes and you get in a relationship.. The book surprised me by talking about the importance of this phase in everybody's life without thinking about it as some time that will eventually pass. There are lots of things to appreciate in being single and the book reveals the stories of lots of people who not only accept the fact that they are single but also like it an This is the first time I read a book about singles.. I expected a book talking about how to enjoy this period of your life until it passes and you get in a relationship.. The book surprised me by talking about the importance of this phase in everybody's life without thinking about it as some time that will eventually pass. There are lots of things to appreciate in being single and the book reveals the stories of lots of people who not only accept the fact that they are single but also like it and enjoy it and do not feel desperate to change it. It is a very good book !

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    As someone who enjoys parts of being single, Ford's book was liberating. It discusses ways to grow in your single-ness and how to approach the cultural pressure of being in a relationship to find happiness. As someone who enjoys parts of being single, Ford's book was liberating. It discusses ways to grow in your single-ness and how to approach the cultural pressure of being in a relationship to find happiness.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samara O'Shea

    She won me over with, "Single is not a condition to be cured." Everything after that was gravy. She won me over with, "Single is not a condition to be cured." Everything after that was gravy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Juli Keele

    This book was a little too hetero-normative for me. The author started talking about the first time a woman needs to take care of a spider by herself and the first time a young man has to cook for himself and I just sort of glazed over. There was some good advice about not viewing being single as a temporary state between relationships but after reading the parts about the expected gender roles I had a hard time taking the other things she had to say very seriously. I'm passing this book along t This book was a little too hetero-normative for me. The author started talking about the first time a woman needs to take care of a spider by herself and the first time a young man has to cook for himself and I just sort of glazed over. There was some good advice about not viewing being single as a temporary state between relationships but after reading the parts about the expected gender roles I had a hard time taking the other things she had to say very seriously. I'm passing this book along to someone else who might find it more helpful than I did.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    You can really tell the author is older in some parts, and some portions (aka about fears about not being married or things relating to kids) were not terribly relatable for young people. Nonetheless, I recommend this book to everyone (regardless of age or relationship status) and give it 5 stars, as the book is much more so a celebration of what it means to be alone (in the philosophical sense) and independent. It does an excellent job of offering tips, tricks, and little stories to help you re You can really tell the author is older in some parts, and some portions (aka about fears about not being married or things relating to kids) were not terribly relatable for young people. Nonetheless, I recommend this book to everyone (regardless of age or relationship status) and give it 5 stars, as the book is much more so a celebration of what it means to be alone (in the philosophical sense) and independent. It does an excellent job of offering tips, tricks, and little stories to help you really become more in-tune with yourself, your own happiness, and self-love.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kemi

    i love single life having the courage to be single should be praised. couples are the shit of course but so are singles. life is totally rad no matter your status. this book does a fine job of expressing that fact!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    This was more of a self-help book than anything else. While possibly of worth to those who don't know how to enjoy their own company, it wasn't quite what I was looking for, I suppose. Maybe good for others, but missed the mark for me. This was more of a self-help book than anything else. While possibly of worth to those who don't know how to enjoy their own company, it wasn't quite what I was looking for, I suppose. Maybe good for others, but missed the mark for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    I've been through two break-ups already this year, so I was more receptive to this book than I normally am to self-help. Had I read this book in a bitter frame of mind, I would have noted, I'm sure, how trite it can be at times. Instead I underlined passages and lines that gave me new clarity. It's always so hard to pick one self-help book out of the sea that address your specific needs. I went on Amazon with the purpose of looking for books on singledom. This one stood out for the cover and the I've been through two break-ups already this year, so I was more receptive to this book than I normally am to self-help. Had I read this book in a bitter frame of mind, I would have noted, I'm sure, how trite it can be at times. Instead I underlined passages and lines that gave me new clarity. It's always so hard to pick one self-help book out of the sea that address your specific needs. I went on Amazon with the purpose of looking for books on singledom. This one stood out for the cover and the subtitle. I had hoped it would be relevant to my age category (I'm 26), and it is to a certain extent. But the author, Judy Ford, has been, at one point, single, married, divorced, and widowed. I've only ever been single. I don't have any kids. She does the rote self-help formula of short, vignette-y chapters filled with her personal experiences, her client's experiences, or her friends' experiences. Often she speaks on being a single mom or being an older single person. I was disappointed that she didn't talk enough about being a single twenty-something (arguably the hardest time to be single). I was happy that I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I don't know why I did any underlining, however, since I won't be keeping this book. At the end of each chapter Ford also inserts five things to do or work towards and a quote related to the chapter. Overall, you will learn a few things about yourself from reading this book. Being single is something we all seem to fear the most. Learning to truly be okay with being single is one of the best skills we can develop.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Finley

    This book jumped out at me at the book store. I had recently gotten a divorce and was single for the first time since I was a teenager. Initially I was happy to be single and free and moved to a new city in my own apartment. The fact that I was alone started to really creep in. I dated and had several lovers, and they taught me a lot, but I kept getting this sense I needed to be single for awhile. I kept feeling scared to commit because I would lose myself in my partner. When I asked what I need This book jumped out at me at the book store. I had recently gotten a divorce and was single for the first time since I was a teenager. Initially I was happy to be single and free and moved to a new city in my own apartment. The fact that I was alone started to really creep in. I dated and had several lovers, and they taught me a lot, but I kept getting this sense I needed to be single for awhile. I kept feeling scared to commit because I would lose myself in my partner. When I asked what I need, I really couldn't even think of anything. I didn't know who I was as my own person! So in the bookstore, this book jumped out and I read a few pages. I decided to buy it and I'm glad I did. It was a joy to read and feel powerful and proud of being single. The book was just what I needed at the time and has kicked off a new curiosity to find and discover what makes ME happy as my own man. And to become self-reliant and dependable to my own self. Being single isn't bad, it's part of who we are!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephany

    Struggled with the rating of this book but had to drop down to 2 stars because it was really just "okay." I don't think I was necessarily the target demographic for this but did take away some interesting tidbits to mull over. The book could have used a few more rounds of editing, IMO. Some typos, repetitive words/phrasing, and it just fell very flat in parts. I found myself skimming the last half and the only reason I finished it was because I paid $9 for the Kindle edition. It never really cap Struggled with the rating of this book but had to drop down to 2 stars because it was really just "okay." I don't think I was necessarily the target demographic for this but did take away some interesting tidbits to mull over. The book could have used a few more rounds of editing, IMO. Some typos, repetitive words/phrasing, and it just fell very flat in parts. I found myself skimming the last half and the only reason I finished it was because I paid $9 for the Kindle edition. It never really captured me, like I was hoping it would.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I enjoyed this book, I am not going to comment on anything really "smart" about the book. I liked it for what it was, there were no typos which was a good thing. Others can review the book for writing style etc, however, that wasn't the point of reading this book for me. I am happy to see a point of view that provides some insight and encouragement to single people, since society likes to tell people otherwise. I found it a fun read. I enjoyed this book, I am not going to comment on anything really "smart" about the book. I liked it for what it was, there were no typos which was a good thing. Others can review the book for writing style etc, however, that wasn't the point of reading this book for me. I am happy to see a point of view that provides some insight and encouragement to single people, since society likes to tell people otherwise. I found it a fun read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I'd probably give this book a 3.5 if I could. I enjoyed all the inspiration about living a single life from Judy Ford and her own experiences. I feel that this book was aimed more for a bit of a different crowd that I can't relate to - people who are either divorced or widowed, single parents etc. Nonetheless, a lot of great inspiration and motivation for those who are currently single. Side note: I noticed there were a ton of typos in this book. I'd probably give this book a 3.5 if I could. I enjoyed all the inspiration about living a single life from Judy Ford and her own experiences. I feel that this book was aimed more for a bit of a different crowd that I can't relate to - people who are either divorced or widowed, single parents etc. Nonetheless, a lot of great inspiration and motivation for those who are currently single. Side note: I noticed there were a ton of typos in this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mychal V

    This book seems like it would be a typical book for girls who get dumped and are sad...boo hoo... It is totally the opposite! This book actually focuses on the positive aspects of living an independent life (you can be in a relationship and still be independent!). It will remind you of all the good things about being happy with yourself.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    haven't actually picked this up again since megz and i started it in the car on the way back from barack in bangor. (been reading a lot of EW, taking home a lot of work) so i haven't finished it - and neither has megan! so don't believe her rating, she's only heard 40 or so pages of it, and i've heard her use a quote from it more than once. :P she loved it! haven't actually picked this up again since megz and i started it in the car on the way back from barack in bangor. (been reading a lot of EW, taking home a lot of work) so i haven't finished it - and neither has megan! so don't believe her rating, she's only heard 40 or so pages of it, and i've heard her use a quote from it more than once. :P she loved it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    There's some really good stuff in here. I like how the author tries to reach out to people of all ages and with various levels of emotional baggage. On the other hand, I didn't like the "everything happens for a reason" mentality that kept sneaking into otherwise sound advise. There's also a lot of deism that the book would have been better off without. There's some really good stuff in here. I like how the author tries to reach out to people of all ages and with various levels of emotional baggage. On the other hand, I didn't like the "everything happens for a reason" mentality that kept sneaking into otherwise sound advise. There's also a lot of deism that the book would have been better off without.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Banda

    Read this book after a horrible 4 year relationship. I was stumped I didn't know how to get back to the "real world" let alone the "single life" this book reminded me that most of my life I've been single & before my relationship I was happy. I would highly recommend this book, I plan on restarting this book this month. Read this book after a horrible 4 year relationship. I was stumped I didn't know how to get back to the "real world" let alone the "single life" this book reminded me that most of my life I've been single & before my relationship I was happy. I would highly recommend this book, I plan on restarting this book this month.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kate Early

    Not exactly a page-turner, but I'm determined to finish it. Basically this middle aged divorcee writes about how great being single is and how we need to embrace it, blah, blah, blah. I think it is making me hate being single even more. :) Not exactly a page-turner, but I'm determined to finish it. Basically this middle aged divorcee writes about how great being single is and how we need to embrace it, blah, blah, blah. I think it is making me hate being single even more. :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    A must read. Not about being without a partner, about being a partner to yourself. Inspiring.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Heather Cozen

    This book reads like an episode of Sex and the City... it's really cool and has great insights! This book reads like an episode of Sex and the City... it's really cool and has great insights!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Uplifting and powerful book, excellent read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Casey Emerson

    OMG - The best book I've ever read on finding happiness while being single! Definitely a must-read. OMG - The best book I've ever read on finding happiness while being single! Definitely a must-read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Couldn't put this one down, it was very inspiring and helpful. Couldn't put this one down, it was very inspiring and helpful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steffie Ross

    Loved this book.. Relatable funny and just straight to the point

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I couldn't relate to all of the experiences and examples, but overall it was very informative and made me think on a more interpersonal level. I couldn't relate to all of the experiences and examples, but overall it was very informative and made me think on a more interpersonal level.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joy J

    I love this book it really has great life lessons for all

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