Monday, January 25, 2016

I Was Blind (Dating) But Now I See by Stephanie Rische

About the Book:

Eight setups. Eight awkward dates. Eight things God tried to teach her along the way. (Some of which she’s still trying to figure out.)

Stephanie Rische was starting to feel invisible. All around her, her friends were getting married, and she found herself decidedly alone. Stephanie couldn’t help but wonder if there was something broken in her—was she not pretty enough? Not fun enough? Not dateable enough (whatever that meant)?

So she started praying in earnest for God to bring the right man into her life. And instead, He brought her matchmakers. Eight of them, to be precise.

Beloved blogger Stephanie Rische debuts with this charming, vulnerable, and (who are we kidding?) often mortifying true story of a girl who tried really hard to find someone to fall in love with—even when she mostly just ended up falling flat on her face.

But amid the most cringeworthy setups and awkward encounters, Stephanie found God’s grace and love meeting her there in ways she never could have imagined—once she opened her eyes to see.

My Thoughts:

Yes, I'm married, but I have children of marrying age, so I wanted to take a peek at Stephanie's book.  I was very pleasantly surprised to find so much more than dating advice in these pages!  I found humor, wit, faith, and sound advice for living life fully rather than waiting for that 'something' or 'someone' to come along.

This young woman is a gifted writer, and has incredible insight.  Stephanie shares about some disastrous blind dates, but more importantly she shares honestly about her life and lessons she's learned along the way.

Did you know your couch can reveal if you are living life on hold or to the full?   Are you waiting for that special someone?  Or for your children to 'grow up'?  For the grandchildren to learn to use a cup properly?  For the dog to pass on?

Why wait?  Get that new couch, that new hairstyle, go for that job, be that friend.  Jesus came to give us the ability to live life well and to the full, but we put artificial check points in our paths that don't need to be there at all.

Stephanie also talks candidly about loneliness, being in the friend stage of life while those around you are moving into new stages, and how to not only live but to thrive regardless of your season.  I really enjoyed her book, and I'm busy checking out her blog!  Definitely high hopes she writes more in the future--she would rock a novel!

My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my copy via the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review!  Highly recommended to everyone who loves to read and who loves to live!

Happy Reading!



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1 comment:

Stephanie Rische said...

Thank you for the review, Deena! You seem like a kindred spirit who loves books. :-) Wishing you much grace on your journey.