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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"

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing; First edition (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973673613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973673616
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,386,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Come My Beloved is a compilation of the “courtship” stories of 12 Catholic couples. I always enjoy a good love story but this book is not just a love story- it is a dozen love stories! The vignettes tell not just of the love between a man and a woman, but each one tells a tale of the love between a man, a woman, and God. And the stories are all absolutely true. The average romance novel cannot hold a candle to this book!

I can’t express how much I enjoyed reading about the varied and unique ways that the couples in the book were brought together. I loved that they each relied on God’s guidance to find not only a spouse, but a soulmate. In its own way, each story reveals God’s creativeness, His unpredictability, and, of course, His loving plan. Together the stories illustrate the importance of entrusting our relationships to God even before they begin.

A vocation to marriage is not an easy path of flawless communication, perfect trust, and romantic candlelight dinners. It takes work and commitment and faith in God to make a marriage what it should truly be- a self-giving, self-sacrificing relationship of love. The stories in Come My Beloved speak to these truths as well as any theological thesis or philosophical discourse ever could. And they’re a whole lot more fun to read!

In a culture that does everything to discourage self-sacrifice and sacramental marriage, this book gives hope that God is still at work. Come My Beloved entertained me and, even more, it inspired me to look at my own marriage anew and reminded me to appreciate the gift that the sacrament of marriage truly is.
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