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How to Get to 'I Do': A Dating Guide for Catholic Women Paperback – August 23, 2010
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The author is very single-minded: she wanted a husband and she got one. Now, for many young women this is something they can identify with and they should buy this book. However the result is often an alarming tone. If you want a husband, you need to WORK at it, you HAVE to be proactive, and as interested as you may be in becoming a third-order member of a religious order or taking up the Liturgy of the Hours, you need to consider that those things could seriously hinder your hunt for a husband. Ladies, if you decide that you're called to marriage (and you need to make up your mind about that NOW), you need to get to work, and get over your aversion to dating websites. After all, you don't want to end up thirty and single!
As I keep saying, this rings true with a lot of girls and God bless them and they should buy this book and undoubtedly have lots of success. But others will be seriously traumatized. What if you feel called to be married but also to take on commitments or live in places that would prevent you being as proactive as the author describes? What if, God forbid, you're already thirty? This is why I keep referring to "girls" and "young" women as the audience for this book; if you are 25 and single this book is probably only going to upset you unless, of course, you've already made up your mind that what you need to do is just get out there and find a guy already.
The author stresses the need to be open-minded and not fixed on finding The Perfect Man who checks every single box, which is a praiseworthy thing. She gives a lot of practical advice about dating websites. She advises girls to take seriously their choice of career and the prospect of working. She's very thorough in sharing what worked and didn't work in her own pursuit of the married state. I hope a lot of girls benefit from this very lively set of instructions. It provides a useful Catholic perspective on the subject.
My favorite book on the topic of Catholic dating and single life remains The Closet's All Mine!: From a Seraphic Single, which, granted, is not the sort of manual that this is. It's a very different take, and one that's more suited to the "older" crowd, I think, and therefore to anyone who feels put off by the insistent tone of "How to Get to I Do". But buy both if you're not sure and support good Catholic women authors! :)
A note about the Kindle edition: I'm so glad it exists, but the formatting is awful. The headings are run into the text, the paragraphs aren't indented, there are big gaps between sections, hyphen-ated words appear regard-less of Kin-dle line breaks. Very disappointing and frustrating. Hopefully the publishers will clean this up.
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I've read many catholic books about dating but this is the first and only one that encouraged me to actually go out...Read more