About the Authors

This book is the second major writing project on which Garry Friesen and Robin Maxson have collaborated.

The first effort was Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View published in 1980 and revised and updated in 2004 (Multnomah Publishers). That book was an extreme makeover of Garry’s Th.D. dissertation (Dallas Theological Seminary, 1978). In it, Dr. Friesen challenged the prevailing notions about divine guidance and provided a better paradigm for decision making that more accurately reflects biblical instruction. Decision Making was a landmark publication that changed how Evangelical Christians think and talk about the will of God. In that writing project, Robin played a supporting role as writer.

Singleness, Marriage, and the Will of God is a sequel to Decision Making and the Will of God. It is also a collaborative effort; only this time the roles were reversed. The original version of this book was written by Robin as the centerpiece of his Doctor of Ministry research project (Dallas Theological Seminary, 2009). The responses from 35 readers in ten states (and Azerbaijan!) were incorporated into two major revisions culminating in this present volume. Garry served as one of his advisors in the D.Min. project and directly contributed many insights to the final product as a contributing author.

Dr. Friesen (www.gfriesen.net) is Professor of Bible at Multnomah University where he has taught since 1976. He also serves as an elder at Imago Dei Community, Portland, Oregon. And he is Resident Advisor and mentor to six male students of Multnomah University living in community at Aslan’s How.

Dr. Maxson (www.uefc.org) is Senior Pastor of United Evangelical Free Church in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he has served since 1976.

Garry Friesen is a life-long single man. Robin Maxson is married to Louise. They have two adult children, Rachel Maxson and Michael Evans-Maxson.

Neither Robin nor Garry is female – which, for the purposes of this book, is a liability. But it can’t be helped.