What I Wish I'd Known When I Was Single

by John Bytheway

What I Wish I'd Known When I Was Single

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How will I know if I'm in love? Is there a “one and only” for me?

How can I get over a bad breakup? I know marriage is important, but

why is it so urgent? What do I do while I'm waiting?

These are the hard questions of the young single adult years, made all

the harder by the pressure many feel to move from “solo” to “duet”

status. In this insightful book, popular author John Bytheway explores

how to do life as a young adult: what to expect, how to cope, and where

to turn for answers.

John offers “The Parable of the Piano” as a metaphor for the young

adult experience: sitting alone on a piano bench with a piece of music,

“Matrimony: A Duet,” propped up in front of you. As people come by and

offer their suggestions (“You could play that music if you tried harder”

or “if you had more faith” or “if you weren't so picky”), things can get

pretty frustrating. “Don't get too discouraged,” John counsels, and he goes

on to offer plenty of sound advice on “getting joyfully through these

in-between years.”

You'll learn to stop focusing on things you can't control, to play

the dating game in such a way that you'll have no regrets later, to

express affection appropriately, to recognize when someone might be “the

right one” for you — and when that someone might not be.

Filled with counsel from Church leaders, John's personal experiences,

and a healthy dose of humor, What I Wish I'd Known When I Was

Single is a must-have guide to young adult life.

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A must have for every young single adult!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is single. John Bytheway's humor is wonderful, yet he keeps the spirit throughout the chapters with all of the wonderful quotes. He helps you realize that you need to let go of things that aren't in your control. That was a great thing for me to be reminded about. I wish I could meet him just so that I could tell him thanks for changing my whole attitude on being single. He is an inspired man!

A must-have for singles!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is one I can listen to over and over. It is definitely one of my favorite CDs by John Bytheway. He was single until very late in his life by LDS standards and can give great advice to any single member out there.

sound advice
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I love this book! Like John was, I am entering my mid-thirties still single. He is right on that you can't get too discouraged in the face of rejections and breakups, or when people start telling you "Quit being so picky." You just have to shake it off and keep going and keep the faith. I've also found that like he says, it can also be heart-wrenching to have to let somebody know you're not interested in them. I regretfully hurt someone's feelings pretty badly a couple of years ago. I felt bad and sick inside about it for a while, but I prayed earnestly for this person, and just like John, I felt Heavenly Father's loving arm around me letting me know that she too is being watched over by a loving Heavenly Father and she would be okay.

About the Author

John Bytheway

JOHN BYTHEWAY served a mission to the Philippines and later graduated from Brigham Young University. He has a master's degree in religious education and is a part-time instructor at the BYU Salt Lake Center. John is the author of many bestselling books, audio talks, and DVDs, including How to Be an Extraordinary Teen; Life Rocks; and his first children's picture book, The Sacrament. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children.

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