The Catholic Girls Survival Guide for the Single Years
Finding a spouse has never been easy. But, it’s also never been quite so hard, especially for good Catholic girls intent on having strong Catholic marriages to nice Catholic boys.
So what are all those good Catholic girls to do? How do they navigate the increasingly long (and usually trying) years between college and “I do” without losing their sanity or their soul?
Consult The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years.
Steeped in the Church’s teachings on the feminine genius, marriage, and theology of the body, The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide dishes with both wit and wisdom on some of the most pressing questions single women face: vocation, dating, sex, finances, work, depression, and more.
As hopeful and honest as it is fun and faithful, The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide is the perfect companion for women whose journey to “I do” is turning out to be a longer one than they (or their mothers) would have liked.
Softcover, 156 pages
Emily Stimpson (now Emily Stimpson Chapman!) provides wide-ranging advice on everything from, "Should I buy a home as a single woman?" to how to be a good friend to married friends to how to dress in a way that's both attractive and modest. It's all given in bite-size pieces that you can read easily, but with plenty of further resources. I felt that the woman writing this book was talking to me honestly from her personal experience, yet she is also clearly well-read in theology and other subjects, too. She incorporates very Catholic advice as well as not-specifically-Catholic-but-still-good advice. She manages to hold in perfect tension the real and GOOD desire for marriage that most of us single women have and the real and GOOD sense that we should also learn to be happy with this part of our lives. It's not just a time of waiting, or shouldn't be. It's possible to be happy now as a single woman with all the perks that entails (changing up your budget to buy that $100 dress/toolbox/what-have-you without anyone else's input!) AND happy later if/when the husband and children come. Overall, I highly recommend this book for every unmarried woman as young as 17 or into her 30s. There was one tidbit of wisdom that has particularly stuck with me... but you'll have to read the book to find it yourself. :)