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Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship Paperback – June 15, 2011
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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"
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.
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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.
Each couple's story is told in its own chapter, and it is obvious that some of the couples include a professional writer, and others don't. These are their stories, told in their words, not some sanitized and ghost-written paraphrase. For the most part, their stories are stories of chaste courtships, attending mass together and praying with and for each other.
Each chapter ends with a "where they are now" paragraph, and while some of the moms work at home, most homeschool large families. All have been together many years at this point. If I have a criticism of the book it is that the couples all seem so perfect--and I realize they aren't, and that they know it, but this book is the story of them falling in love, not the story of the nitty-gritty work needed to stay that way.
Two of the couples profiled might be familiar to those of you who are Sunday Snippets regulars. Ellen Gable Hrkach compiled the book and includes a chapter about herself and her husband. Sarah from A Snoring Scholar is also featured.
I downloaded the book for free on Valentine's Day. Grade: B+.
The book will sound very dull. It is a series of interviews. The people are real, but they don't really come alive in the book. I really could not identify with them. There is very little background given to make the characters come off the page. The interview questions seem to have been open ended. The people rambled about the topic. Their answers were recorded and printed. That's it.
I have no idea why I enjoyed this book so much. It has all the different faith levels in it. From total atheists to those who have practiced the faith their entire lives. What struck me most were the small coincidences that occurred over and over in all the stories.
I like that all the people were referenced in the back. All websites were given. Everyone can be found in order to verify what is written.
Good job. I have no idea what you will do for a follow up. I will definitely give it a try the first time it shows up.
Choosing God to lead one to their spouse for life....what a concept.
I liked reading about everyday people trusting God....their struggles and joys.....How God blessed them beyond their
God,continue to bless them (and me)·