I Was Blind (Dating), but Now I See: My Misadventures in Dating, Waiting, and Stumbling into Love
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Through Stephanie's stories and inspirational perspective, single women who are on the dating scene will learn how to trust in God's presence, love, and grace in their own life situations, even when they feel lonely or their prayers seem unheard. Discussion questions for small groups are included in the book.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1496404815
ISBN-13: 9781496404817

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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.

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  1. Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting
    February 20, 2017
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the true story of Stephanie, who felt invisible when all of her friends and coworkers were getting married and starting families. She was set up by 8 different people for 8 blind dates, with interesting results. Along the way, she learns about God's grace and how he answers our prayers. I thought this book was good and would like to see more books by this author.
  2. Bekah
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Read for Singles and Anyone "In the Waiting"
    February 13, 2016
    Bekah
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm not sure I've ever before believed I could have an identical life twin, but I am now convinced I do, and her name is Stephanie Rische. Her book, I Was Blind (Dating), But Now I See was my read for this week and I am excited to tell you why I loved it.

    I hesitate to say this just this way, because if Stephanie happens upon my blog and looks around, she might wildly disagree with these words, but her writing reminded me of my own writing. She's a lover of story, she's a lover of finding God in the moments of every day, and that's what you'll find in her book.

    If you're single, this book is especially for you. Stephanie chronicles her own life journey through a series of blind dates and why they didn't work out, but how and why she learned pivotal life lessons as a result of each failed date. If you need and want to know you are not alone in all the feelings you have about being single when you long to be married, she'll make you giggle while reminding you that you are indeed not alone.

    If you're NOT single, this book still has something for you. For example, my husband and I are praying and waiting for the sale of our home, and I'm finding many parallels between our current stage of waiting and the lessons that descend upon the life of a girl waiting for a husband. And if you're waiting for anything else - a job, a baby, your restored health - I can promise there are lessons and truths in these pages that you need to hear.

    I sat with my jaw dropped as I read, floored at how many things Stephanie and I had in common. Not just the fact that we were both single into our thirties before getting married, but crazy little details, too. We've both had strong God-planted life themes of placing literal stones of remembrance in our lives to mark the work of God. We've both been visited {and subsequently utterly freaked out by} unmarked vehicles claiming to be vacuum sales people. We both resisted online dating for the same reasons. We both purchased our first home while single and mourned doing such a grown-up thing alone. We both found blind-dating to be dreadful and hopeful at the same time. We both spent Tuesdays in deep prayer. I've never before felt like I was reading my own story as I did in this book.

    The book is an easy read with short chapters that tell captivating snippets of story, and not every story is about singleness. Many are just about life and the lessons she learned while weaving her way through the singleness and prayers for later. This is one I'll be keeping on my shelf and referring to and recommending often. Congratulations, Stephanie, on a wonderful, thoughtful, enjoyable, thought-provoking read!

    * Thanks, Tyndale, for publishing this book and for sending a copy my way in exchange for an honest review. *
  3. daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed the book
    February 9, 2016
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This book is about Stephanie Rische, who tried to find someone to fall in love with, but always came up empty. She comes across many uncomfortable situations, but amidst it all finds that God is with her in every step she takes.

    I found this book to be a step beyond the tradition single girl looking for love book, in which it doesn't necessarily focus on what you as a singleton is doing wrong. Rather, it is focusing on creating a relationship with God, despite the pitfalls of dating that may come your way.

    Even though I'm currently married, I went thru many of the situations Stephanie encountered. Well, not nearly all the dreadful blind dates, but the years of singleness. The wondering of if I will ever meet Mr. Right. I found that the way that Rische wrote was enlightening and a delight to read. She made it as though we were best friends and she was sharing her struggles in her quest of finding her mate.

    When I selected this book, I knew of several friends who are still on the dating quest. There is one friend in particular, whom I believe would find this book a delight. It will give her courage and aware, that finding Mr. Right shouldn't be the sole purpose in life. Accepting yourself with all the good things you can do to share with Him and others, is just as wonderful.

    I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Hookmeinabook
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic new book!
    February 7, 2016
    Hookmeinabook
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    So I just finished reading "I was blind (dating) But now I see" by Stephanie Rische. It is the story of the author's misadventures in dating, waiting and finally stumbling into love. At the beginning of the story, Stephanie is in her early twenties and is watching everyone around her date, get married and have a family. Even her younger sibling! She was starting to feel invisible. She was tired of being alone and wanted someone to be by her side every moment for the rest of her life. So she prayed for God to send the right man along and she made a checklist for the perfect husband. So when a friend of her family called and said that she had found "the perfect guy" and had set up a blind date ( or a blond date according to her younger friend Nhu)for Stephanie. Stephanie was both excited and nervous because she had never been on a blind date before and she did not know what to expect. Finally her date showed up, ( he was late) and they spent a very awkward hour together. They both found out that they were not right for each other. Stephanie goes on to tell about seven other blind dates, like the "Limo Dude", "The Linebacker" and "Mr. Paper Perfect". All of which had their good qualities but unfortunately none of them were right for her. Throughout the book Stephanie learns about hope, love and God's grace and how all she needed to do to see them... was open her eyes.

    I have to say that when I received this book I was honestly worried about reading it. First. It was a non-fiction book and all the books that I ever read are fiction. Two. I am not really into romance novels or talking about dating, so I was worried that I really would have a hard time reading it. But I have to say that I really enjoyed the book. Her story was so well written that you felt the sadness that she felt every time she felt alone, When all of her friends were getting married and she was their bridesmaid ( 3 weddings in 1 summer, Really?!! ) and When her roommate got married and moved out or her younger sister got engaged. I liked how she described all of the blind dates in such detail that you actually feel like you were watching it like a movie. But I especially liked the humor that Mrs. Stephanie put in her story. Overall I would rate the book 4 out of 5 stars. ****

    I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.
  5. Becky
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent and Encouraging
    February 1, 2016
    Becky
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever felt alone while it seems as if all your friends are getting married and having babies wondering if youll ever have that chance? Stephanie Rische completely understands. In fact, she found herself wondering if there was something wrong with her was she not pretty enough? Not fun enough? Not datable enough? So she turned to God as she began to pray earnestly for God to bring the man she was meant to marry into her life.

    Instead, she was given eight matchmakers.

    I Was Blind (Dating), but Now I See is a true story about a young woman who tried really hard to find someone she could fall in love with despite the fact that she kept falling flat on her face. Amid the most cringe-worthy and awkward situations, Stephanies journey shows how Gods grace and love can meet us in ways we never could have imagined. We just have to open our eyes in order to see it.

    I was skeptical of this book upon reading because I was thought it was going to be another guide for dating. While some of Stephanies stories relate to dating, its not about dating at all! She focuses mostly on life in general. Its also more about learning to embrace Gods love and grace for us.

    She explains that it isnt a bad thing to want to get married but until we can learn to fill that longing for somebody to love us, we will never be satisfied. Only God can satisfy us.

    I also loved how she explained that while others may make us feel as if we arent good enough, God thinks were good enough. In fact, He created us in our image. People may come and go and change, but God never will. God LOVES you and me!

    This is a book that holds a lot of, What you too?! moments. Stephanie is very real in sharing and many readers will relate. She makes the reader feel as if she is an older sister or a close personal friend as she shares her experiences. She shares both her highs and lows of her story. She also does not wallow or pity herself or try to make everything sound easy and cheerful. I felt as if she completely understood me. She also appreciates and finds humor in the evidence of God working in her life along the way. This book encouraged me and I hope it encourages you too!

    Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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