I was Blind (Dating), But Now I See
My Misadventures in dating, waiting and stumbling into love
by Stephanie Rische
"This is how a girl with practically zero dating experience and a shyness around boys that dated back to circa 1987 mustered up the courage to say yes to not one but eight blind dates... and how she did so with all the elegance of a pit bull in a tutu"
Stephanie was starting to feel invisible. All around her, friends were getting married and having babies, 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. Instead, he brought her matchmakers. Eight of them to be precise.
Charming, vulnerable, and (who are we kidding?) often mortifying. I Was Blind (Dating), but Now I See is the true story of a young woman who tried really hard to find someone to fall in love with - even when she mostly just ended up falling flat on her face. Yet amid the most cringe-worthy setups and awkward encounters, Stephanie's journey shows how God's grace and love can meet us in ways we could never have imagined - once we open our eyes to see.
Stephanie Rische is a senior editor of nonfiction books at Tydale House Publishers, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as Today's Christian Woman, Christian Marriage Today, and Today's Christian Magazine. You can follow Stephanie's blog at StephanieRische.com
*I was given this book by the publisher but all opinions are my own.
Verdict: Dating is something that's hard no matter who you are. When you add in being religious to the mix it can feel impossible. So I was very excited to see what I was Blind (Dating), But Now I See was all about. I expected this book to be similar to Dating the Wrong Men but it isn't just documenting bad blind dates that the author has been on. It's a book that takes you through Stephanie Rische's journey not just with finding the man of her dreams but in her evolving relationship with God. She talks about all her struggles and fears. Even though I've never been on a blind date (I recently turned down the opportunity for one) I found myself reading I was Blind (Dating), But Now I See all in one sitting. I even put my phone away to read it. If you like I Kissed Blind Dating Goodbye or True Love Dates then you especially need to check out this book. Although I recommend it to any lady I know.