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Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship Paperback – June 15, 2011
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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. --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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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.
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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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... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kari Burke
Enjoyable first person stories. Leaves you wanting to hear more, but a sequel is promised!Published 11 months ago by CathyGK
This book offers a nice window into the relationships of couples who have built a fulfilling and happy life together. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michelle Jones
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 morePublished 23 months ago by Mrs Anna Shephard
I really liked it and read it in a few days. I thought it was an easy read with lots of information. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Donald S
Am not a book reader as such, so I was not faithful about opening the kindle, which is easy reading. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Dot