I picked up The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years** by Emily Stimpson at the Shrine the other day. I had heard about it through the blog world a few times. But, I just never thought to get. Why? I have no clue.
I am a girl.
I am Catholic.
I am single.
I am "surviving." (I mean... I would say I am wayyy more than surviving! But, go with it!)
This book screams: PERFECT FOR JEN! So, when I saw it sitting on the shelf, I thought, let's give this a whirl.
I am SO glad I did! If you are like me (a single, Catholic lady), you should most definitely read this book. It's a fun, entertaining and easy read. I found myself laughing at a few parts, nodding my head in agreement to others, and shouting (or just speaking out loud), "YES!" to many other spots. I love when I can interact with a book this way. :)
The writing is awesome. Basically, you will feel like you are in a comfy chair at Starbucks, enjoying a nice latte, having a conversation with Emily Stimpson. It seems that she writes the way she would speak. She is funny. She is witty. She is straight to the point. She speaks the Truth. She isn't trying to tell you HOW to live your life, but encourages you live your life always giving glory to God.
She is also honest. Still being single herself, she knows that ache we feel all too well. She's had (and still has I presume) the lows that we all have. The frustrations of dating. Being impatient. Questioning God.
Yet somehow... she makes you feel like you aren't crazy! We are in this together! She is encouraging and optimistic, without being annoying. :)
While I didn't agree with every.single.thing she wrote, it didn't stop me from really enjoying this and gaining a lot of wisdom and insight. And hearing the Truth over and over again. Sometimes, that's all we need, really. Our thick heads get in the way of what God is trying to tell us.
Because I am not very good at book reviews, I will leave you with a few quotes that I really enjoyed.
"Whatever you do, don't let wounds go uncared for. Don't let anyone walk away from you feeling unloved, unappreciated, and unimportant. Be an advocate for all who need one." (pg. 26)
"Nag God: He can take it." (pg. 27) Ha, I laughed out loud to this. :) This is so true. Sometimes I feel like praying for something (ie my future hubby/marriage) over and over and over again becomes redundant. But, really... if we truly believe He put the desire of marriage on our hearts, then we ought be praying for and talking to Him about it. Constantly.
"... if you're made for marriage, your work will not and cannot fill the space in your life that a husband is meant to fill." (pg. 84) BUT "following God's will in one area can't block God's will in another." (pg. 85) She is talking about finding a career that you love, but realizing it shouldn't be your everything. So now, being single, we have the best opportunity to do what we love! If we think marriage is our thing, we can still do the things we want to do now (ie work abroad, start your own business, etc) if it's part of His will. If you feel both of these things, marriage AND doing other things are in your plan, then they won't inhibit one another. They can't. It's just not possible.
Anyway... this book is busting at the seems with wonderful nuggets such as these. So, basically that means you have to read it. Go ahead. You won't be displeased.
*No one made me write a review, but I was politely asked by a few of you. :)
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