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"Emily Stimpson has written a book that manages to be light-hearted about the serious subject of singleness for Catholic women, but is still full of practical, nitty-gritty suggestions for growing through difficulties. Always uplifting, "The Catholic Girls Survival Guide for the Single Years," offers timeless truths that help women see beyond current circumstances to grasp the bigger picture of life as a beloved daughter of God. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a single Catholic woman or anyone who wants to learn how to love single women better. I don t know of another book that does what this book does for single women it s simply outstanding! Kimberly Hahn, Author "Life-Giving Love"

"Wow. This is a good book. A really good book. That very rare kind of singles' book that strikes the perfect balance between honesty and optimism. The kind of book I wish I'd written myself. The book you should read if you're single, female and . . . well, breathing." MaryBeth Bonacci, Author "Real Love"

"The Catholic Girl s Survival Guide for the Single Years is a delightful, easy read, full of insight and advice from someone who speaks from experience. Stimpson s advice is practical, relevant and encouraging; her writing style humorous and down to earth; her scope broad, covering major questions with which single women wrestle. A thoroughly enjoyable, refreshing guide for living a sane and spirited single life, women will find themselves returning to it for a needed boost of inspiration or consolation. For women whose current singleness was not part of the plan , this book is a must read!" Anastasia Northrop, Founder and Director, National Catholic Singles Conference

"I am secure enough in my masculinity to admit publicly that I LOVE this book. Emily Stimpson covers a serious subject, an important subject, but she does it in a way that's never dour or dire or desperate. In fact, she made this married guy laugh out loud over and over again. I have five daughters, and they'll all be better off for befriending this book. As for me: Miss Stimpson has helped me to appreciate all the fussing that goes on in my (estrogen-powered) home over babies and puppies and cashmere sweaters." Mike Aquilina, Author, "Love in the Little Things" --Endorsement

"Emily Stimpson has written a book that manages to be light-hearted about the serious subject of singleness for Catholic women, but is still full of practical, nitty-gritty suggestions for growing through difficulties. Always uplifting, "The Catholic Girls Survival Guide for the Single Years," offers timeless truths that help women see beyond current circumstances to grasp the bigger picture of life as a beloved daughter of God. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a single Catholic woman or anyone who wants to learn how to love single women better. I don t know of another book that does what this book does for single women it s simply outstanding! Kimberly Hahn, Author "Life-Giving Love"

"Wow. This is a good book. A really good book. That very rare kind of singles' book that strikes the perfect balance between honesty and optimism. The kind of book I wish I'd written myself. The book you should read if you're single, female and . . . well, breathing." MaryBeth Bonacci, Author "Real Love"

"The Catholic Girl s Survival Guide for the Single Years is a delightful, easy read, full of insight and advice from someone who speaks from experience. Stimpson s advice is practical, relevant and encouraging; her writing style humorous and down to earth; her scope broad, covering major questions with which single women wrestle. A thoroughly enjoyable, refreshing guide for living a sane and spirited single life, women will find themselves returning to it for a needed boost of inspiration or consolation. For women whose current singleness was not part of the plan , this book is a must read!" Anastasia Northrop, Founder and Director, National Catholic Singles Conference

"I am secure enough in my masculinity to admit publicly that I LOVE this book. Emily Stimpson covers a serious subject, an important subject, but she does it in a way that's never dour or dire or desperate. In fact, she made this married guy laugh out loud over and over again. I have five daughters, and they'll all be better off for befriending this book. As for me: Miss Stimpson has helped me to appreciate all the fussing that goes on in my (estrogen-powered) home over babies and puppies and cashmere sweaters." Mike Aquilina, Author, "Love in the Little Things" --Endorsement

Smart, witty, fresh, fun, and comprehensive The Catholic Girls s Survival Guide to the Single Yearsis terrific! I couldn t put it down and I m not single! It s packed with practically everything affecting single girls and women their identity, vocation, dos and don ts of dating, sex, chastity, the biological clock, career, prayer, adjusting, virtues, theology of the body, and so much more. I plan to give a copy to each of my single daughters.
—Donna-Marie Cooper O Boyle, EWTN TV Host and author of numerous Catholic books including Embracing Motherhood and Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women --Endorsement

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"Emily Stimpson has written a book that manages to be light-hearted about the serious subject of singleness for Catholic women, but is still full of practical, nitty-gritty suggestions for growing through difficulties. Always uplifting, "The Catholic Girls Survival Guide for the Single Years," offers timeless truths that help women see beyond current circumstances to grasp the bigger picture of life as a beloved daughter of God. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is a single Catholic woman—or anyone who wants to learn how to love single women better. I don’t know of another book that does what this book does for single women—it’s simply outstanding! Kimberly Hahn, Author "Life-Giving Love"

"Wow. This is a good book. A really good book. That very rare kind of singles' book that strikes the perfect balance between honesty and optimism. The kind of book I wish I'd written myself. The book you should read if you're single, female and . . . well, breathing." MaryBeth Bonacci, Author "Real Love"

"The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years is a delightful, easy read, full of insight and advice from someone who speaks from experience. Stimpson’s advice is practical, relevant and encouraging; her writing style humorous and down to earth; her scope broad, covering major questions with which single women wrestle. A thoroughly enjoyable, refreshing guide for living a sane and spirited single life, women will find themselves returning to it for a needed boost of inspiration or consolation. For women whose current singleness was not part of “the plan”, this book is a must read!" Anastasia Northrop, Founder and Director, National Catholic Singles Conference

"I am secure enough in my masculinity to admit publicly that I LOVE this book. Emily Stimpson covers a serious subject, an important subject, but she does it in a way that's never dour or dire or desperate. In fact, she made this married guy laugh out loud—over and over again. I have five daughters, and they'll all be better off for befriending this book. As for me: Miss Stimpson has helped me to appreciate all the fussing that goes on in my (estrogen-powered) home over babies and puppies and cashmere sweaters." Mike Aquilina, Author, "Love in the Little Things"

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing (January 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193715534X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937155346
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emily Stimpson is a freelance Catholic writer based in Steubenville, Ohio, and the author of "The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years" (Emmaus Road, 2012).

As a contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly and a columnist for Lay Witness Magazine, Emily writes regularly on 'all things Catholic'--from politics and catechesis to higher education and the media, with a special focus on the Church's teachings on marriage, sexuality, and femininity. Over the years her writing has also appeared in First Things, Touchstone, Franciscan Way, the National Catholic Register, Faith and Family, and elsewhere. It has been honored by both the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, and was included in Loyola's Best Catholic Writing series.

Emily holds a BA from Miami University of Ohio (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude), where she studied political science, history, and English literature. She also did graduate work in political science at John Hopkins University and theology at Franciscan University. Before moving to Steubenville, Emily worked in Washington, DC, first as a Legislative Assistant to then Congressman Jim Talent (R-MO), then later at The Heritage Foundation, where she served as Special Assistant to former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By JEH on April 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
First let me say, I really, REALLY, wasn't going to buy this book. I didn't need a guide to get through these single years, let alone a man in the first place, and really the only time I felt badly about being single was when I was in church anyway! Almost everything I'd ever read about Catholic women was all about being a good wife and mother. That was what bothered me - could I ever be a valued Catholic woman if I was never to get married and have children? That is certainly what I've always wanted, but what if it just didn't happen for me? It bothered me enough I fell away from the faith for a few years, not coincidentally the years I was in residency, where I was finishing my training for the other vocation I felt like God was calling me to.

But I did buy the book. I think it was the cover art (she looks so dang put together!). And then I read the book. In one day. And I laughed a lot. And cried some. And I felt like someone really understood what I was going through, even if her situation was different. And then I sent it to a close friend who is also loving it.

Reasons I love this book:
1) The author is single and wants to be married. She is writing about a situation she knows well, from personal current experience. Not reflecting back now as she makes dinner for her husband and kids. Not giving advice when her vocation is something different anyways. She understands what her target audience is going through because, well, she is going through it too.

2) She essentially dismisses the idea of a single vocation (which is a vocation only married and religious people seem to believe exists). To the extent other Catholic writing has discussed this, the example used is always some woman who has to care for an aging relative.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Fr. Roger J Landry on March 21, 2012
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As a Catholic priest, one of the growing pastoral issues we face is the amount of good Catholic young women who are beginning to despair of ever finding a good Catholic man to marry and who are bewildered as to whether this is some form of divine castigation for something they're unaware of having done. They are also trying to grapple with whether this is all "God's will" and whether they have a "vocation" to remain single and unattached all their life. This book is a compelling response to those questions written from within the experience of a faith-filled woman (and highly engaging writer and thinker) who's very solid theologically and courageous enough to talk about some of her own struggles as a Catholic single woman dealing with the same types of questions. I was originally sent a review copy for a newspaper I run and when I saw who the author was -- one of the best Catholic reporters in the country -- I decided to take it on a plane and read it. After having finished it, I ordered a dozen copies, to be able to give out to young women from my parish and former parishes who are still struggling and praying through the issues. I'd highly recommend this work not just to women who are searching for answers and light, but also to all those who care for women in those circumstances.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 19, 2012
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This is a good book, not great. The book market is quickly getting saturated with books on the single life and this one does not really stand out in any way. It contains the same advice and non-answers that many of the other books out there provide. While the book wasn't remarkable, I did enjoy reading it and I only give it three stars because I've heard it all before. Here is my breakdown of pros and cons.

Pros:
-Very well written, in a clear and engaging style.
-Emily comes from a devoutly Catholic perspective which provides encouragement to those who are trying to live the single life in accord with the Catholic faith. She doesn't water down the Catholic Church teachings but has many inspriational things to say for those trying to live faithfully to the church while single.
-I admire Emily as a person. I haven't met her, but from reading her book she sounds like she would be a lot of fun to hang out with. She is not a one-dimensional, rigid or formalistic faith seeker but a human being with varied interests and a distinct personality and that comes through in her writing. It made reading the book fun without being a lecture.
-This would be an awesome book to give to a parish priest, or parish volunteer or helpful married friends. I say this, because they DO NOT get the issues that relate to being single. The author relates the sometimes painful realities of singlehood in a way that is gentle and not bitter, angry or resentful. I've seen some books/writings lean this direction in the form of sarcasm or rants. Emily is a great role model that handles her state in life with grace. So if you want to initiate others into the phenomenon of singlehood this is a great place to start.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JW on April 12, 2012
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I am a devout Catholic woman in my 30s and always thought I'd be married and have children in my 20s. That didn't happen and that's ok. I have read a lot of books on this - A LOT - of books and this is the first one that I can honestly say I loved from beginning to end. Not sure if this is the part that I should admit that I ordered the book Tuesday it arrived on Wednesday at noon and I proceeded to read the whole thing over the next 4 or 5 hours, but there it is. There is not one thing in here that I said "this isn't for me" or "she doesn't understand". I believe the reason is she is single, Catholic and in her 30s just like me, doesn't necessarily want to be but accepts that this is God's Will for her right now. Do not get me wrong it's not that all the other books I read weren't good but more likely then not at some point in the process of that woman writing her book she meets her husband and it changes her viewpoint and honestly it probably also makes me assume her viewpoint is slanted. But I digress, bottomline I would recommend this to all my remaining single friends (not sure I actually have any, I kid!) and to all those around me who don't quite know what to do, say or advise us (priests, family, friends and the like). Also this isn't just for women in their 30s or older I felt this SAME way when things weren't happening and I was in my 20s...longing for marriage shouldn't be discounted just because a woman is 23 if it's what she is called for the longing and loneliness she feels is just the same as those of use who are older...
Fantastic book!
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