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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Hope, and Happily Ever After Hardcover – April 30, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Ryan's winsome memoir and writing debut traces her desperate search for a man—specifically a husband—and for a spirituality that works for her. En route, her heart is broken in every possible way: her college fiancé cheats on her; her first husband abuses her; and she dates a succession of alternately nice and creepy noncommittal guys. She attempts to talk herself out of her desire for marriage, hoping that crystals, feng shui and astrology will provide the guidance she needs to sort out the mess of her life. When she ends up unemployed and broke in Boston, she channel surfs across a Joyce Meyer program one afternoon and is shocked to hear that the Bible promises good things. She visits an evangelical church, joins a small group and ever so tentatively explores the idea of Jesus, eventually giving him her broken life and asking him to fix it. God promises her a husband and delivers (with a tinge of prosperity gospel that will appeal to Meyer fans), but not without cost. In spite of her desperation and a string of horrible choices, Ryan is eminently likable and vulnerable, and her sharp writing will appeal to faithful and irreverent readers alike. (Apr. 30)
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"Trish Ryan's He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not is the beautiful and honest story of one pilgrim's progress. It will inspire you and challenge you and you will fall in love with it and with her." (David Kuo, author of Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction )
"You don't have to be looking for spiritual enlightenment to dive into Trish Ryan's HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Hope, and Happily Ever After. Honest, funny and poignant, Ryan's is a story of one woman searching for the right path, and in sharing her journey, she might help you find your own way, whatever that way might be." (Allison Winn Scotch, author of "The Department of Lost and Found" )
"Trish Ryan delivers a razor sharp memoir: funny, thoughtful, poignant and unflinchingly honest. HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT is a must-read for anyone who's struggled with life's Big Questions." (Cara Lockwood, bestselling author of "I Do (But I Don't)" )
"Poignant, honest, and intriguing ... This book is for anyone who longs to experience the abundance, joy, and peace that only comes through a relationship with the one true God of the universe." (Denise Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of "It's All About Him" )
"This is one riveting story. Like many people, I can identify with what it feels like to look in all the wrong places -- and then realize down the road that God has been writing a story that is so much bigger and better than I could have ever imagined. It's not often that someone can make me read into the wee hours -- and then laugh so hard that I wake my poor husband up from a sound sleep." (Shaunti Feldhahn, bestsellingauthor of "For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men" )
"Trish Ryan gives readers a literary two-for-one deal that is hard to resist. Her simultaneous quests for the right guy and the right spiritual path are funny, moving, disarmingly frank and ultimately uplifting. Each makes a great tale, but together, her cup runneth over." (AJ Jacobs, author of "The Know-It-All" and "The Year of Living Biblically" )
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CE - Why did you decide to write a memoir about your search for a husband?
TR - I knew I wasn't the only girl out there wondering why my life wasn't working even though I'd done everything "right": I'd gone to good schools, pursued a career as a lawyer, tried to be independent. But there was always this sense inside me that life was about more than that stuff: that I wanted a husband and a family, even though it wasn't politically correct to admit that. I tried everything to make my love life work--self help books, new age practices like astrology and feng shui, the power of positive thinking-- but I couldn't make it happen. I wrote my memoir to say to other women: "It's not just you. Those things didn't work for me either. But there's still hope..." I wanted to put Jesus out there on bookshelves next to all the other promises.
CE - I enjoyed reading your book even though I'm probably not the target market (pink cover and all). Who are you hoping to reach with this book?
TR - As I wrote, my target reader was actually a good friend of mine. We're so much alike we're almost sisters, and her romantic life fell apart right around the time mine finally came together. She and I had been through a lot of these ups and downs together, so we'd seen that even when things look darkest, that's not the end of the story. So as I wrote, I imagined all the women who maybe haven't had a friend to cheer them on when they're down, or to help them up out of the mud. I wanted to put a different spiritual option out there for everyone looking for romantic help in the spirituality aisle at Barnes & Noble.
Now that the book is out, I've been surprised that it's reached a broader audience than I expected. It's been fun talking to male readers about how they see questions of romance and spirituality. And college students are dealing with much more intense relationship issues than when I was a student, so the conversations I've had on campuses have been really inspiring and hopeful.
Isn't a Christian, anyone who believes that Jesus Christ is God? I felt like the author excluded Protestants and Catholics and others who believe in Christ and spoke as if there is a small subculture of "Christians," and that this is what "Christians" think and do. What about the rest of us who believe in Jesus? This might seem minor to some readers but was a little offensive to me, and probably misleading to others.