This was a book that I was honoured to have beta-read months ago — and I re-read it just prior to this tour. It is a book that I can say with confidence that every young lady should read through at least once.
I tend to approach books about singleness with trepidation — in almost every single book I’ve read on the topic, it seems as if the girl pines away, waiting for her Prince Charming to happen along and rescue her from her life of drudgery. And then one of two things happen. She either becomes content in her singleness, and is “rewarded” by a husband, or she decides she really doesn’t want to marry anyways, and looks at any guy who seeks to pursue her as a hindrance to the plans she’s made for herself.
In any case, girls meets guy and live a perfectly happy life together.
End of story.
But this book, by Amanda, totally blew me away and I was *so* happy that I was able to read it. This is not your typical book about singleness — this is a very solid book about a girl who is in her late 20’s, not married, knows no one who she would even think about marrying (seem familiar?), and is suddenly surrounded by friends and family members who are in relationships, engaged, or married already.
And the rhetoric and the comments and the snide remarks that ensue are so typical, so ordinary, so very relatable, that I almost laughed in some spots — because I have been that girl. No, I’m not as old as the heroine in this book, but I *almost* am. And the older I get, the more people feel at liberty to comment about my relationship status. (For laughs, you can read THIS POST where I was bombarded with advice . . . :D) I enjoyed reading Stephanie’s response to the questions and the graciousness with which she answered them.
The way Steph handles the emotions and the loneliness that sometimes bombards us who are single was refreshing. She handles it by turning to God’s word, studying scripture. The thoughts that are shared throughout this book were so encouraging, so helpful, and so inspiring. Instead of turning to a youth group, romance novels, or something else, she turns to scripture reading, journaling, praying, and serving others through her music.
And, may I just say, that all the references to music were just icing on the cake? ‘Tis So Sweet was already a favourite hymn of mine (yes, I have several “favourite” hymns!) and the inclusion of it was absolutely perfect!
One reason this book was so relatable and meaningful was because it was written by a young lady who is single — and content in her singleness. It would not have meant so much if it was written by a young lady who was already married. The way Amanda poured her heart into this book was so clearly seen, and I appreciated her honesty in sharing her heart with us in this way.
This book is absolutely wonderful. I think that this book would be helpful for every girl out there — no matter how old or how young. I think this book could minister to so many girls, and the truths gleaned from it could essentially be life changing for those who are struggling with discontentment. I am certain that I will be reading this book again — and the best part is that this book isn’t very long. You can read it through in an afternoon, or before bed, and it would be the perfect length!
So, do you want to read this book? For the week of this release tour, Amanda wants everyone who wants to, to have an opportunity to read this! It will minister SO much to you, that I would highly encourage you to read it! You can hop over and submit your email using this form and you will soon be sent an ebook copy of Wedding Score! And make are you read to the end of this post so you can enter the giveaway for a chance to win an actual copy of this book :D
Here’s a bit more about the book . . .
Most girls dream of their wedding days. Except me. I’m too busy practicing piano and being the live soundtrack for everyone else’s weddings to think about my own. I’ve survived most of my twenties with harmonious chords and pleasant days. So why is it that now, at twenty-seven, a discordant feeling presents itself? Is there a solid solution to loneliness when there is absolutely no potential husband on the horizon? A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SHORT READ
Amanda graciously agreed to share with all of us her thoughts on all the comments we as single gals receive . . . I was encouraged by what she had to share, and I pray you will be too!
I knew how to be flippant about the topic. Man, I had totally aced it with these ten years of practice. For over three thousand, six hundred fifty days, I had deflected thousands of comments. “Just you wait. You’re next.” “You’re totally going to be smitten.” “Honey, God has a man for you right around the corner.” “Who’s your eye on?” “You went out to eat? Who was he?” “I know you’ve got someone somewhere.” “Wait… you mean, you aren’t dating right now?”
There are many sections in “Wedding Score” that are taken straight from my experience as a single. The above excerpt is one of them. So many well-meaning individuals have asked questions that have put me in a bind of, “Oookay, how do I graciously respond to this?” The upper-teen/early-twenty years were the most awkward as I tried to figure out what to say or how much to explain or should I say nothing at all? Now, I tend to smile (or laugh, if my laughter will not offend the other person) and respond that I’m just trusting God to bring me to the right one. Does it get tiresome at times? I’d be lying if I denied it. But I have found that when I try to keep my replies focused on God, He uses that to remind me that these shouldn’t just be words that I say—it should really be my heart’s focus and desire.
What are some of the comments you’ve gotten as a single? How have you graciously responded to them? Or… *ahem*… not-so-graciously? I’ll admit, every time I get a, “Just-you-wait-you’re-next” comment, I really want to say, “Yeah, that’s what they said before four of my siblings got married…” ;) Don’t worry. God is pretty good about taking control over my tongue and smile and say, “We’ll see!”
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.