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How to Get to 'I Do': A Dating Guide for Catholic Women Paperback – August 23, 2010
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Some of her suggestions:
-It's okay to date and be in relationships with those who do not share the same faith or even the same level of spirituality. (While we Catholics welcome those of other faiths and traditions, the foundation for a marriage must be Christ at its center and complementing faith paves the way for a stable relationship with understanding. How can one form a family if the house is divided on credo?)
-She suggests women "get out there," and this is rather condescending as if Catholic single women are all knitting at home waiting for a good man to come along. We know we have to go places and attend socials.
-She seems to be highly promoting online dating sites (esp CatholicMatch), and while I am not condemning it these sites, it does feel as if she is sponsored by them and thus pushing the issue.
-It would have been great if her husband did provide a man's insight but the sporadic comments are really insignificant and unhelpful.
-She seems to belittle those who earnestly want to grow deeper in spirituality and want to participate more in a life of faith, as if these things were hindrances to finding a husband. She offers no spiritual insight, no Biblical truths--just opinion.
I am unhappy with this book. I feel as if I wasted my money. Moreover, the Kindle edition is TERRIBLY formatted: gaps between paragraphs, no space between words, no clear indicator of sections, no table of contents, can't jump to specific chapters...and more.
I wish I could get my money back.
For those interested Michelle McKinney Hammond has good books on the topic. She's not Catholic, but a Christian with great spiritual insight, Biblical references, and practical advice.
I've read many catholic books about dating but this is the first and only one that encouraged me to actually go out there, start meeting people, dating and assessing them in an earthy and realistic way. Her practical, proactive and realistic style actually pushed me online and out the front door. I only got her book a week ago and I've already set up an online profile and met people that way while also going out and meeting people the normal way. Just today, I was asked out on date for the first time in a year.
Her book made me realise that we need to pursue this vocation to marriage in a very energetic, enthusiastic, ambitious and active way. Other dating guides led me to stay at home a lot expecting God to beam Prince Charming right into my living room because they focused on theory while leaving me empty-handed, with no ideas of how to move my life in the direction of my vocation.
I've read many of her articles and interviews and my favourite quote from her is "walk in the direction of your prayer". She says that if you want marriage, pray about it WHILE also pursuing it actively.
I'm now confident that I would be married to a wonderful man within a year.
All single women should buy this book. It would change many lives.