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Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship [Kindle Edition]

Ellen Gable Hrkach , Kathy Cassanto , James Hrkach
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Book Description

Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship is a celebration of faith and enduring love. This compilation contains 12 courtship/dating stories which will inspire, captivate and entertain readers. Some of the stories include: a widow with eight children meets a widower with six children; a man asks his live-in girlfriend "what if we stopped having sex," and is greeted with tears of joy; an atheist falls in love with her Catholic Prince Charming; a woman prays to God for a husband and years later finds herself falling in love with a seminarian; a sailor prays a novena to marry the right girl. What these and all the stories illustrate is that God is the ideal matchmaker.

Editorial Reviews


Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship is a Song of Songs, a book of praise, a treasure-house of faith and romance par excellence! I dare you to try and put it down once you open its grace-filled, enchanting pages. For me, reading this book was a lot like falling in love! The presence of God in the lives of the contributors came through so powerfully to me that as I read the stories, I found myself stopping from time to time to pray and give glory to God. This truly beautiful collection of Catholic courtship stories is a must-read for anyone discerning a vocation, especially the call to marriage; and for those courting, engaged, already married, or widowed. What a great gift to Holy Mother Church, and a powerful witness that God does make marriages in heaven. --Lisa Mladinich, author, "Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children, Founder, Amazing Catechists

Whether you're courting, engaged to be married, newlyweds, or celebrating your jubilee years together, this terrific resource offers something for anyone looking to grow closer to God and to one another in a loving relationship. --Lisa Hendey, author, "The Handbook for Catholic Moms" Founder and editor, Catholic Mom

Fabulous book that I can't wait to recommend to all my single and married friends. You truly created a gift for this generation! --Dawn Marie Roeder, author "It Doesn't End Here"

About the Author

Ellen Gable Hrkach is a freelance writer and author of two novels. She currently lives in Pakenham, Ontario Canada with her husband and five sons.

Product Details

  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing (June 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055LH32W
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Love Stories! July 7, 2011
It is inspiring to be reminded of the myriad of ways that God works in our lives! Just as no two people are exactly alike, nor are any two couples or their love stories. This compilation of catholic courtship stories reminds us of some essential life-giving truths: that God is involved intimately in each of our lives; he desires our happiness and holiness; he works in both ordinary and extraordinary ways; and that all love is a reflection of His, especially spousal love. "Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship" will entertain and uplift you while potentially shedding light on how God may be moving in your own heart and relationship. A very easy, pleasant, and highly recommended read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! June 13, 2011
Whether you're courting, engaged to be married, newlyweds, or celebrating your jubilee years together, this terrific resource offers something for anyone looking to grow closer to God and to one another in a loving relationship. I loved each of the diverse stories in this book, which show a variety of "real life" couples living out their vocation to marriages in different circumstances. Having just celebrated my 25th anniversary, this book reminds me of the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our relationship. Thanks to all who shared their stories and to the editors for creating a great resource for our families!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Stories of Enduring Love August 7, 2011
Come My Beloved is a beautiful collection of twelve true inspiring stories of Catholic courtship. Ellen Gable Hrkach and Kathy Cassanto have interviewed married couples of all ages, from a variety of locales and backgrounds, and asked both the husband and wife to recount the details of their courtship. The stories, presented from both the male and the female perspective, are told in an intimate, conversational style, which easily arouse the reader's interest and make it a quick, interesting read. What I found most appealing was that each story was very unique, and no two stories were alike. Each has its own theme, its own storyline, and its own unique characters.

While the stories presented are romantic in nature, the challenges each couple face and deal with are also discussed, which adds to the excitement of each story. The struggles vary. There is one story in which the woman is totally uninterested in the man initially, but his persistence pays off. Another story depicts the obstacles a previously married couple faces. Yet another focuses on the difficulties of a long-distance relationship.

Come My Beloved captured my heart, as it depicts stories of enduring love, based on Catholic teaching and Catholic values. Each couple honestly shares their love for God and how their relationship is based on that love. Each of the stories is faith-building, uplifting, inspirational, humorous, romantic, and hopeful. Each one left me with a sense of peace, joy, and hopefulness about the vocation of Catholic marriage.

I believe Come My Beloved is a valuable treasure for those who are discerning the vocation of marriage and it is uplifting reading for all those who enjoy a good love story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Loves a Love Story June 13, 2011
If everybody loves a love story, how much would you enjoy twelve of them? "Come My Beloved" is a collection of tickle-your-funny-bone, curl-your-toes, and warm-your-heart stories of twelve deeply in love married couples. The uniting themes are their great love for each other and their love for Christ in His Church. Otherwise, the tales are as diverse and as entertaining as the people who wrote them...from newlyweds, to retreads, to old veterans. When I was sent an early copy of this book, I couldn't wait to read it; so I left work for lunch, parked my car under a shade tree, and devoured "Come My Beloved" along with my ham and cheese crackers. I'll have to admit, there were times when I sheepishly looked around to see if anyone had caught me laughing out loud...all alone in the myself...or had noticed that the pollen made my eyes water more than usual (I'm a guy...we don't tear-up...right?). Not many books can wring that range of reactions out of me...but this one did. I especially enjoyed the "before and after" pictures that added flesh, bones, and smiles to the stories. For a refreshing, unique, and uplifting glimpse at what love really looks like, I couldn't recommend anything better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories of how people met their spouses. I read this while traveling with my daughter, and many times, I laughed out loud in the airport (or dried a tear), and paused in reading to share something with my daughter. It was also wonderful to see how much influence faith had these couples' relationships--and how the relationship often influenced the faith of one or the other. If you want to read about real romance, this is the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers Hope to Young People June 28, 2011
When I was asked to review "Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship," I wasn't sure what to expect. I find reading "courtship" stories difficult because my experience of dating was so far removed from that ideal.

Yet, despite my hesitation, I found myself enjoying these love stories. Ellen Gable Hrkach and Kathy Cassanto asked a wide spectrum of couples to share their stories of how they met and came to the decision to marry. There are couples of all different ages, from different locales, and different backgrounds. Those who are familiar with Catholic writers will recognize the names of Sarah Reinhard and Regina Doman. It is a joy to read their stories. What all these courtships share is prayer to meet the right person before marriage and a commitment to live a married life centered on Christ.

That doesn't mean these couples didn't experience hardships along the way. There are times when the woman wanted nothing to do with the man at the beginning, but the man's persistence ultimately paid off. There are couples who had to struggle with being from different faith traditions and long-distance relationships and exploring a religious vocation before committing to marriage. There is one couple that married after both lost their spouses.

This book is an enjoyable read for anyone who likes a good love-story (made all the more enjoyable because they are true life.) I think that it's best purpose would be for teens starting to think about finding that special person. It would offer them hope and encourage them to seek to have a relationship rooted in God. This book gives me hope for my own children, that perhaps they can experience these types of relationships.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable first person stories. Leaves you wanting to hear more, but a sequel is promised!
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Published 5 months ago by Michele P Reichard
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed these stories
This book offers a nice window into the relationships of couples who have built a fulfilling and happy life together. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michelle Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This book reminded me yet again that God really does love each one of us, that He desires the best for us, and that if we open ourselves to His inspiration then He works each part... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Anna Shephard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I really liked it and read it in a few days. I thought it was an easy read with lots of information. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donald S
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting spin on a religion other than mine
Am not a book reader as such, so I was not faithful about opening the kindle, which is easy reading. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dot
3.0 out of 5 stars On ok read
I found the stores 1/2 good, 1/2 narrow minded. Some of these couples would have been better off living 100 years ago - just didn't seem to pertain to today's lifestyles. Read more
Published 22 months ago by VJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book.
I'm not Catholic, but I really enjoyed this book. The true stories of how these Christians found their lifetime partners was really encouraging and interesting.
Published on May 9, 2013 by Elgin Resident
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet stories
Nice short stories told by the couples. Each couple describes how they met and how they fell in love. Nice lite read
Published on April 30, 2013 by Jeanette
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More About the Author

Ellen Gable is an award-winning, Amazon bestselling author of five books including "Stealing Jenny," a contemporary thriller about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped, "In Name Only," historical romance (Gold Medal, 2010 IPPY Awards) and her newest novel "A Subtle Grace," the stand alone sequel to "In Name Only." Ellen is President of the Catholic Writers Guild. She does freelance writing and editing for a variety of websites, she blogs at "Plot Line & Sinker" and is also self-publishing book consultant. She and her husband are the parents of five sons ages 15 to 27 and live in Pakenham, Ontario. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys playing board games with her family, watching classic movies on TCM and reading on her Kindle.

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