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BOOK REVIEW: Single: The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled, and Independent

Author: Judy Ford
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication Date: Aug. 6, 2004
Genre: Self-help

“Singles can go anywhere and do anything. They don’t have to wait.”

Judy Ford, author of “Single: The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled, and Independent,” is a practicing licensed clinical social worker in Kirkland, Wash. She has a wide range of specialties and has written several books related to handling emotions and family relationships, among other things.

“Single” is a book that is all about embracing the joy and freedom of not being in a relationship.

Throughout the book, Ford not only discusses the positive aspects of being single, but also shares her personal experiences and those of her clients and her friends. She acknowledges the difficult times and situations that single people face and provides suggestions as to how to cope with them or even turn them into positive experiences.

For example, “When you’re having a bad day, step back and observe what’s going on around you.  Watch what’s happening as if it were a scene in a movie. From this perspective, you’ll have a more objective view and you’re likely to feel less devastated.”

As a single person, I found this book to be insightful and, in some ways, inspiring. One story in particular struck a chord with me:

“My friend Sophia traded in her corporate job for the opportunity to teach writing workshops and to do some freelance editing. She wears big, black horned-rimmed glasses and white flowing linen dresses.  When she had a corporate job, she earned more money, but she had to wear suits, and for her, dressing that way wasn’t worth it…. She’s happily single and self-employed. Her life is full and her work exciting, even if she’s not rolling in the dough.”

What Sophia did to change her life is almost exactly what I want to do with mine. Such changes can be scary, especially as a single person with no one to come to the rescue, but she proved that it’s possible.

While Ford’s target audience in “Single” is for those that are romantically unattached, I do believe those in various forms of relationships could find useful information and inspiration in her words.

For more information on Judy Ford and her books, visit her website at judyford.com.

Stefanie Paquin is an avid reader of books about psychology and sex education, a “gearhead,” a self-taught photographer and bicycling enthusiast. She is also a blogger, which you can follow her at closednomore.wordpress.com. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she now resides in St. Clair Shores.

Reviewed by Stefanie Paquin on 12 February 2014

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