The first Chapter is entitled “You’re Still Single?, and in it she breaks down a lot of the ridiculous statements and questions and ideas that people have about singleness. She challenges her readers to ask not “Why am I STILL single?” but “What is God doing with and through my singleness?” McCulley then argues that singleness is a gift from God, just as much as marriage is; singleness is not a “lesser” state or a sub-par situation. She writes, “Ultimately we are single right now because that’s God’s will for us right now.” It is not because we’re too old, fat, skinny, loud, smart, demanding, or “too” ANYTHING ELSE. And so if singleness is indeed a gift and is indeed God’s will for us single folk right now (even if we might prefer to be married), what do we do with that? How do we live that out in a way that glorifies God and develops godly womanhood?
That is what she spends the remainder of the book laying out in great detail. In examining the “Proverbs 31 woman”, McCulley provides a guide for relationships as well as a guide for daily life- everything from developing hospitality, investing in children, and helping the needy to how we use our womanly charms and our speech. It is practical. It is candid. It is funny. It is encouraging. It is convicting. And most of all it is deeply rooted in Scripture. I can say quite honestly that the chapter on Wise Speech alone is worth the price of the book. Truly excellent. I plan to read this book again in full, because there is so much packed into it. This book has taught me that the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is oh so true. For Christian single and married women alike, this is a great read if you are looking to develop the character of a godly woman.