Ryan's winsome memoir and writing debut traces her desperate search for a man-specifically a husband-and for a spirituality that works for her. En route, her heart is broken in every possible way: her college fiancé cheats on her; her first husband abuses her; and she dates a succession of alternately nice and creepy noncommittal guys. She attempts to talk herself out of her desire for marriage, hoping that crystals, feng shui and astrology will provide the guidance she needs to sort out the mess of her life. When she ends up unemployed and broke in Boston, she channel surfs across a Joyce Meyer program one afternoon and is shocked to hear that the Bible promises good things. She visits an evangelical church, joins a small group and ever so tentatively explores the idea of Jesus, eventually giving him her broken life and asking him to fix it. God promises her a husband and delivers (with a tinge of prosperity gospel that will appeal to Meyer fans), but not without cost. In spite of her desperation and a string of horrible choices, Ryan is eminently likable and vulnerable, and her sharp writing will appeal to faithful and irreverent readers alike. (Apr. 30)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Hope, and Happily Ever Afterby Trish Ryan
Trish Ryan was the quintessential successful thirtysomething woman -- she had a career as an attorney, a nice car, and a succession of men clamoring for her affection. But despite all her accomplishments, the things by which she defined her life continually left her disappointed, especially when it came to dating. Like the heroines of chick-lit novels and Sex and… See more details below
Trish Ryan was the quintessential successful thirtysomething woman -- she had a career as an attorney, a nice car, and a succession of men clamoring for her affection. But despite all her accomplishments, the things by which she defined her life continually left her disappointed, especially when it came to dating. Like the heroines of chick-lit novels and Sex and the City, she couldn't escape her bad luck with men: men who cheated, who left her, who made her a lesser version of herself. After years of trying everything out there to make love work -- new age philosophy, feminist empowerment, myriad of self-help programs -- she finally, hesitantly, decided to give God a try. This is Ryan's story of how her search for the right guy turned into the search for the right God, and (spoiler alert!) how she ended up with the happily-ever-after ending.
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Trish Ryan lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, Steve, and their genetically improbable mixed-breed dog, Kylie. She is also the author of A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances (Hachette 2010) For more about Trish, visit www.trishryanauthor.com
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Trish Ryan is an entertaining & witty writer. I wasn't familiar at all with the book or writer when I purchased it(on iBooks). After finishing the book, I know I was led to read it. She gave a lot of insight into the major consequences of settling, what a true Christian relationship looks like & even incorporates Bible trivia - which I really liked. The only thing I wasn't a big fan of was, towards the end, her "negotiating" with God for a husband. She prays, pleads & begs God for a husband & makes it seem that her future with God is riding on it; that if He doesn't provide then she will wash her hands clean of yet another religious go & abandon God. With God, it's not a "you do this for me, I'll do this for you" relationship. Perhaps that's not what she meant but that's what I gathered. But either way, it's a great book. Definitely recommend.