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Finally the Bride - Finding Hope While Waiting: The Single Woman's Guide to the Wait for a Husband and Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl McKay
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Why Would God Care About My Love Life?
From the woman behind the screenplay and novel, Never the Bride, comes a roller coaster of a love story with God. Cheryl McKay pulls no punches about what it's really like to be single, with your age creeping up, and no end in sight to the wait for love and marriage.

It seems that many years ago, God asked Cheryl to surrender the pen she was using to write her love story. All He wanted was carte blanche. No problem, right? Cheryl tentatively conceded--that is, until it became apparent that the Almighty had no intention of conforming to her writing schedule, much less the tick of her biological clock. In fact, He blew every deadline she ever attempted to set. As romance seemed to pass Cheryl by, she couldn't help but question: Could God really be trusted to bring her the love of her life?

Written during a long wait, this book opens up Cheryl's painfully honest, personal journals. She explores what it's like to enlist in God's Marriage Boot Camp, and how to survive singlehood year after solitary year. She wrestles with her Creator over multiple best friends that never see her "that way." Then there are those lists of what she wanted--you know, the ones she revised a billion times then laminated for safekeeping. She watches, bewildered, as much younger women find love that seems to elude her.

Through it all, she falls head over heels for a God who proves Himself to be as resistant to her controls as He is faithful beyond her wildest dreams.

Are you still waiting? Have you lost hope? Venture to victory with a woman who knows just how hard it is to wait for the day when you are Finally the Bride.

This book includes a collection of real-life God-written love stories by such authors as SQuire Rushnell & Louise DuArt (God Winks Series, Couples Who Pray), and Victorya Michaels Rogers (Finding a Man Worth Keeping), and a chapter on how to pray for your future husband.

Praise for Finally the Bride:
"With courageous transparency, Cheryl invites us to share her journey of faith as she waits on God to write her love story. Not just a book for singles, every Christian can grow and be blessed by the truths Cheryl has learned."

--Mark & Patti Virkler (4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice)

"Starved for a soul mate? Follow McKay's breadcrumbs along this very personal journey of faith. This is no light confection of a book. Frankly witty and achingly raw, it is written out of first-hand experience by a woman who choked down one rejection after another, year after bewildering year."

--Susan Rohrer (THE HOLY SPIRIT: Amazing Power for Everyday People)

"Cheryl is a gifted writer who brings a great perspective to anyone seeking to find the right spouse or have a great marriage."

--Crystal Stovall (A Groom Worth Waiting For) & Jim Stovall (The Ultimate Gift)

"Cheryl's willingness to be vulnerable and share the personal, sometimes painful, lessons of faith, learned as a single Christian woman wrestling with God's timing and perfect plan for her life, brings such hope and encouragement to those in their own season of waiting."

--Christa Sands (Learning to Trust Again)

"She encourages the single person who believes they are to be married, to live life fully in the waiting--to enjoy the time with God and learn what it means to be fully committed to Him, before being committed to a different 'him.'"

--Caroline Way (Confessions From a Farmer's Wife)
Key Topics:
Singles, waiting, hope, discouragement, The List, Finding the One, prayer, husband search, future husband, dating, true love, Marriage Boot Camp, God written love story, heartbreaks, surrender, rejection, God's promises, Never the Bride, Power Prayers for your future husband, How to pray for a future husband

About the Author

Cheryl McKay is the screenwriter of the award winning film, The Ultimate Gift, and co-author of the ACFW/Carol Award winning novel, Never the Bride. She recently penned the film sequel to The Ultimate Gift, called The Ultimate Life. Cheryl keeps her purple pen busy through Purple PenWorks.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 952 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147000593X
  • Publisher: Purple PenWorks; 1 edition (March 5 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OVU0BM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow Aug. 12 2014
By nina
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This book was AMAZING! Im in my twenties and i felt so encouraged by what Cheryl shared with us. Her struggles and her God winks just emphasized the idea that God is the best author of all times and that the love story He is writing for me will be MIND BLOWING! I love you Jesus!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not your typical "Christian Guide for Single Women" April 3 2012
By Anitra'sDance - Published on
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If you're a single woman, you need to get this book! But I'll also say that men can gain a lot from this book as well (and there's a chapter at the end of the book that's addressed specifically to you). I downloaded the Kindle version yesterday and read it straight through in one sitting. I rarely do that. Cheryl's gift of communicating the difficulties of being single for a long period of time when you desire to be married, is so great. She gets VERY real with you in sharing her journal entries to God about why He's taking so long in delivering the love of her life. Her lists are hysterical (because you think she read your mind as she typed them). I found myself laughing one minute and my eyes welling up the next. I haven't felt everything she has felt, but I could relate to so many things. What a great gift to myself to buy this book... I encourage you to do the same.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally A Book for Single Women...that's encouraging AND fun. July 8 2012
By C. McGraw - Published on
Yes this is a book about singleness but it's more than that. It's Cheryl's story. (Yes. Cheryl. First names now because I feel as they we are kindred spirits now after reading this book!)

The book is broken up into her story and what she has learned and her thoughts on single life. The first half of the book features excerpts from her journals, lists she made, and practical advice from her own life. The second half of the book is written later and shares her story to finding the guy of her dreams. It also features a surprise chapter by her husband and some fun stories from others.

I laughed and I cried through this book.

Cheryl has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like she is telling it to you over tea on the back porch.

The book is never preachy and is full of light bulb moments where you say...Me too. I am so glad I am not alone!

Cheryl shares her own very personal story through her journal entries and funny stories that will have you cringing and laughing and too!

From the beginning you get a glimpse of her heart and you can see a woman who loves God and yet wants that earthly mate too. How many of us single gals can relate to that?

It took me months to read this book because God used it to do a big work in my heart dealing with my singleness.

You see I was losing hope and losing it fast. I was tired of waiting and tired of trusting.

Cheryl's authentic vulnerability helped me open my heart and He began to work within it. The way Cheryl invites you into her innermost heart moments with Him... and you see how deeply she loves Him and He loves is moving. Through out the book you are challenged and encouraged in your own realationship with God.

I shed a great deal of tears. To me...that's a sign of a great book.

I laughed... often and loudly. To me...that's the sign of an excellent book!

I felt like I was journeying with a friend through great conversation as I read this book. And at the end... have more hope than I have in a long time.

It's going to be a book I recommend to my friends who are single...and one that I hope they read and then we can discuss it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another singles book July 30 2012
By Robin C. - Published on
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I'm a 33 year old single woman who has read almost every Christian single book out there, but this was the first book I read that really seemed to delve into the raw, aching questions I throw at God year after single year, and helped me not feel alone in doing so. Cheryl is honest, frank, sweet, and vulnerable through each page of Finally the Bride. While I think any single person could be encouraged by this book, it's definitely a must read for single women who have already crossed the 30 year point and feel like hope is fading.

I was super hesitant to read it at first because who wants to read about a 38 year old woman who is still single when you're already 33 and feel like the door is already closing, and the thought that God could make you keep waiting another 5 or 6 years makes you want to sit in a fetal position and cry, but I am so grateful I downloaded it onto my Kindle and read it (even though it took me two months to work up the courage to hear what she had to say).

It's a fresh perspective on a subject that is becoming more and more prevalent as people, especially Christians, take longer to settle down. It's a reminder to keep God first in your life, whether married or single, but not to stop hoping, praying, and seeking God to meet the desires of your heart. Sometimes He does it in ways you don't expect!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Lover Of My Soul June 17 2013
By blessedinLA - Published on
I'm not the typical single Christian woman who would normally read this book as I've spent my entire life never wanting to be married and revelling (by my standards any way)in my singleness. Deep down I believed the lie that God used marriage as a "bait and switch or rug pull" on us trusting Christian gals and before you know it you're dependent on your hubbie(read "controlled by").

However, age 40 hit and suddenly God started to prompt me about a soul mate and I started to ask as author Cheryl McKay puts it, "Where's my fix it guy or nurse? and "Who'll walk me to my car at night?". I even started dreaming about weddings and babies. Yikes!

Don't get me wrong. I grew up on fairy tales and I love a good rom-com or sappy love story (I've even tried writing a few) but it all just never felt right or real to me.

I wanted to hear from God clearly on the matter of my singleness and this new yearning but I had no clue on how to practically proceed. I joined a book club for Christian women at the same crossroads who were battling the dreaded "gift of singleness" and Cheryl McKay's book, Finally the Bride became our "how-to" guide to getting it done.

This book finally made me understand how to be intimate with God in my romantic life and on all things. I learned to love and trust God again and to let Him date and romance me (Chapter 6). Yes, God is the true lover of my soul! Without this I wouldn't have been able to trust God as I do now much less trust and love any future earthly husband.

Finally the Bride has released me to trust and to allow God to write my love story, after all, He knows how it should end. Now I meet guys without stress and without questions like "Is he the one?". Now time is no longer my enemy and God certainly isn't.

I'm learning how to carve out space and time in my life and heart now for my future husband and I even pray for him regularly using Cheryl's awesome prayer points (see Chap 10). Hint: If you don't cry as you read some of these then you're made of stone. It was advance healing for me, as a child of divorce, in ways I can't even articulate.

Especially "WOW!" were
- the "while you wait" homework assignments from God in Chap 11 because most of us women still have work to do on our spiritual selves.

-the chapter for guys (Chap 17) because it was nice to hear Christian men express that they want the same things that we want.

-Chap 9's "Do Not Awaken Love Too Soon" which I nicknamed the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. I liked this part because it allowed me to understand God's timing and to reject any love that was awaken too soon or half-baked.

Cheryl McKay showed up in person on the last night of our book club so us women had a chance to speak with her about her journey. Cheryl is so sweet and generous that we hugged her a lot. We also got a chance to tell her how profound the book was to us and she also prayed with us.

Now months later, I can see the change in many of us women and especially in myself. I thank Cheryl with all my heart for her courage to be so open with her journey, trials and all. Through her experiences, I know that God is able to give us all "the desires of our hearts" and wanting a loving godly marriage is a worthy, lovely and pleasing desire before God.

You'll never regret buying this book, it's way cheaper than therapy! Every page of my copy is dog-earred and highlighted so I probably should order another copy or two for myself. Or for my single friends ;D

God bless!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So incredibly happy Cheryl McKay wrote this book!! Sept. 24 2012
By auntaim - Published on
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What a wonderfully inspiring book! As I was reading, I wondered if the author had written the book for me! It was definitely insightful and comforting to know someone (the author) shared my feelings. I am always inspired when I find other people who wait/are waiting to find love. It's even better when there is book written about it with a Biblical perspective. I read the book immediately after receiving and have now gone back to re-read, make notes, and highlight certain parts that are meaningful to me. I certainly needed this book when I got it and will continue to refer back to it. At the end of the book, there is a chapter from a male perspective which was helpful for me to read as a female. Thank you for writing this book and helping me! I wish you so much happiness!
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